Board OKs annexation, change orders, TSIP funding

By Mary Zielinski
Posted 7/15/20

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the supervisors approved a voluntary annexation application from Mary  Clarice Bell, Lisa Hardy, Jefrey A. Bell, Jason W. Bell, Justin Bell and Jon Bell, …

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Board OKs annexation, change orders, TSIP funding

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In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the supervisors approved a voluntary annexation application from Mary  Clarice Bell, Lisa Hardy, Jefrey A. Bell, Jason W. Bell, Justin Bell and Jon Bell, collectively owners of parcels F and G, south of the Washington County Fairgrounds , Highway 1, that will annex the land into the City of  Washington.   Brent Hinson, Washington City administrator, and Washington Mayor Jaron Rosein, each noted that the move will add housing opportunities in the area, benefiting both city and county.

The board was also unanimous in approving  four change orders for the Communications Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a project that is nearing completion.  The orders follow:

•$24,860 to DeLong Construction Washington, for icing replacement behind rising jail building, additional pipe bollard and a sidewalk trench drain to  facilitate surface drainage;

•$5,545.03 to Peak Construction, North Liberty, for interior single, barriers between old and new roofing, window sill, additional drywall and grouting and corner guards;

•$8,998 to Frank Millard  & Company, Burlington, for poor work, plum bingo fixtures modification, drain piping from generator silencer and drain pipes from generate exhaust and hard water treatment unit; and

•$7,149.82 to Mohrfeld Electric, Fort Madison, for 14 electric service modifications, including outlets, power controls and light fixtures.

The board also approved a resolution for an  agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for funds to paved shoulder construction on Riverside Road (W51) from 220th Street to Spruce Avenue, for which the DOT approved $500,000 December 10, 2019 in Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP) funds.  The project has to be let for contract before July 1, 2022.  The county will be responsible for development, administration and completion of the project which requires Targeted Small Businesses (TBS) to have “maximum practicable opportunity to take part in contracts fainted in whole or part with state money.

In other business, the board:

•Approved a Statement of Understanding with South East Iowa LiNK (SEIL) with whom the county has partnered for several years for mental health and disabilities services as part of seven-county region.

•Received the weekly COVID-19 update from Danielle Petitt-Majewski noting there were 264 tests done with seven individuals  found positive in the last two weeks and that currently there are 37 people hospitalized with the virus.  For the county, the seven new cases “is a slight increase.”  There have been a total of 2,500 tests in the county.  A major  concern now is schools possible re-opening and continuing use of masks, hand washing  and social distancing.   County Emergency Serivces Director  Marissa Reisen, listing the numerous procedures, actions and preventive steps, described the situation as ‘overwhelming” and warned, “it is a long way from normal,” that “we will not be there for another year”;

•Noted that the county facilities will remain closed to the public but services will be available via telephone and by appointment.  Plans allow for people to come at an appointed time, but the number in an office will be limited.  The admission procedures to the facilities will be handled by members of the Sheriff’s Department.  It also was noted that the state has allowed court openings for some procedures, but no jury trials to be held before September.

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