By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
During their recent meeting on Dec. 18, the Jones County Board of Supervisors awarded the Advancement Services of Jones County facility project to Sheets Design Build out of Maquoketa. Sheets had the lowest bid out of 11 companies at $770,000.
Mark Sheets, owner of the company, said he could start on the project any time after the first of the year.
“I have a lot of confidence in Sheets,” commented Supervisor Leo Cook. Sheets also did the remodel project on the second floor of the Jones County Courthouse.
“We’re happy to work with you guys again,” remarked Sheets.
The Board said they were satisfied with the courthouse project and pleased to work with Sheets again on another county project.
County Attorney Phil Parsons looked over the contracts before the Board’s formal approval.
“This is a needed project,” said Supervisor Joe Cruise. “It’s been on people’s minds for a long time.”
Sheets said he would be working with several local subcontractors on the project as well.
In other county business:
• Derek Snead, country engineer, asked the Board to approve a 10-ton vehicle weight limit on a bridge in Castle Grove Township along Freemont Road over Silver Creek. Snead said the bridge has been found to be unable to carry the legal load limit.
• Snead reported that the price of contract rock is going up, having received quotes from both Wendling Quarries, Inc. and Weber Stone Company.
• Ralph Hosch who lives along County Road D-65, met with Snead and the Board of Supervisors to discuss the road project and possible condemnation procedures. Hosch said he wanted some general information as far as how the procedure works.
Supervisor Keith Dirks said the condemnation board is comprised of Jones County residents.
“They’ll decide what’s best for Jones County,” he said. “It’s a tough decision.”
• Snead also presented a draft of the Secondary Road Five-Year Construction Program. A public hearing was approved and set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Board Room.
• Susan Yario met with Supervisors to request a letter of support for a 2013 Community Development Grant. The grant would help with financial assistance for homeless shelter for area veterans. This grant application is a collaborative effort across a five-county region.
Yario informed the Board that there are some veterans in the area who are in need for financial assistance.
“There are several who could really benefit from this program,” she said.
The letter of support from the county does not require a financial commitment. The Board was in support for the grant.