County advises against rock brooming

Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Board of Supervisors

By Kim Brooks, Express Editor

During the April 16 Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Engineer Derek Snead presented a public notice to all Jones County Property owners concerning brooming rock/gravel onto paved roadways.

Secondary Roads “would like to stress the importance of not picking up (loose shoulder rock) and dispersing it onto the paved roadways. This creates a safety hazard. If anyone sees this happening, please contact the Engineer’s Office so we can remove the rock from the driving surface.”

The county is receiving bids for painting approximately 342 miles of solid and broken yellow centerlines and white edge lines on various secondary roads in Jones County, and some city streets throughout the county. In addition, 34 stop bars will also be painted at various locations.

The Auditor’s Office will receive bids until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7.

Tracy Achenbach with the Eastern Iowa Housing Trust Fund met with the Board to discuss the Eastern Iowa Housing programs through ECICOG.

One program, Housing Rehabilitation, assists Benton, Iowa, Jones and Washington counties in securing grant funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Des Moines. The program offers a grant of $75,000 for most types of repairs, including emergency repairs, exterior repairs and residential accessibility. Some examples of eligible projects include roof repairs and window replacements.

If you live in the associated counties, own a home and meet the income requirements, you can apply by calling Jacob Spratt with ECICOG at 319-365-9941 ext. 124.

To be eligible, households of one or two people should have an income of around $35,900. Households of three or more should make around $41,290.

Jones County gives funding towards this program and other ECICOG programs associated with Eastern Iowa Housing.

In other county business:

Dusty Embree, Jones County Economic Development director, informed the Board that she would be attending a job fair in Rock Island for veterans, and try and recruit people to Jones County for the various openings in the area.