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County looks to get road projects done before winter

Engineer talks updates supervisors Tuesday

October 3, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

With cold weather on the horizon, Marshall County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said they are getting some road and bridge projects in line for completion in rural areas of the county.

The bridge replacement on 310th Street near Melbourne has been one of the projects ongoing, he told the Board of Supervisors during a meeting Tuesday. The $300,000 project is being done by Iowa Bridge and Culvert of Washington.

"They are making really good progress on that," Geilenfeldt said.

The $230,000 Underwood Avenue repaving project just south of Ferguson near Green Castle Recreation Area is still on hold until Cessford Construction wraps up some Marshalltown road projects.

"I'm looking at it being done by the end of the month," Geilenfeldt said of the road project.

Speaking of roads, Supervisor Dave Thompson wants to make sure the county roads are being monitored during construction of the Vienna wind farm near Gladbrook. Plenty of heavy machinery has been maneuvering in the area for the project.

"I want to be real picky with those guys when you do your final walkthrough on those roads," Thompson told the county engineer.

Geilenfeldt said they are getting equipment ready for snow removal currently and will soon seek to hire a few part-time drivers for the winter season.

In other discussion, Todd Kelley, director of buildings and grounds with the county, said they are looking into updating the video visitation pods at the county jail.

The system allows for guests to talk to inmates through video conferencing. The cost of the new equipment is expected to be approximately $68,000 with the cabling to be an additional cost and done either by county staff or a contractor. Thompson said the equipment cost will come out of the commissary fund, which is the inmates' money, and he wanted Kelley to check if that fund can also pay for the cabling.



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