Twenty-one construction projects on tap in 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Wanda Moeller

OTTUMWA — More than $10 million will be spent on Wapello County road and bridge projects in 2014.

On Tuesday, Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved adding two additional projects to its five-year secondary roads construction program. The two additional projects include the 118th Ave. Bridge south of River Road and the culvert near Sugar Creek.

Money to fund the program comes from four sources of revenue: local funds, farm to market funds, local option sales tax and federal aid. Approximately $2.4 million will be received from local and farm to market funds. Local option sales tax revenue will contribute about $2.6 million and federal aid will chip in $3.4 million.

In total, 21 projects are scheduled for repair in 2014. Projects vary from bridge repair, paving roads and repairing cracked road sealings.

Besides approving the additional secondary road projects, the board also OK'd the purchase a used vehicle to transport inmates.

The car won't cost taxpayers a dime. Sheriff Mark Miller said the $20,302 used to pay for the car is money from the Jail's commissary account. The account is funded by profits the jail receives from its inmates when inmates purchase items or use the jail's telephone system. In the past the jail has used commissary funds to purchase beds for the jail.

In other business, the board:

• Approved supporting the American Gothic Regional Trail Tap grant application for a 3.5 mile trail to be built from Ottumwa to Cemetery Road in Agency Township, along the abandoned Rock Island rail line. If the project is approved, construction would take place in 2017.

• Approved the hiring of Ruth Roth as a full-time registered nurse with Wapello County Public Health. Roth previously worked as a part-time nurse with Wapello County. She will be paid $16.50 an hour.
 

OTTUMWA — More than $10 million will be spent on Wapello County road and bridge projects in 2014.

On Tuesday, Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved adding two additional projects to its five-year secondary roads construction program. The two additional projects include the 118th Ave. Bridge south of River Road and the culvert near Sugar Creek.

Money to fund the program comes from four sources of revenue: local funds, farm to market funds, local option sales tax and federal aid. Approximately $2.4 million will be received from local and farm to market funds. Local option sales tax revenue will contribute about $2.6 million and federal aid will chip in $3.4 million.

In total, 21 projects are scheduled for repair in 2014. Projects vary from bridge repair, paving roads and repairing cracked road sealings.

Besides approving the additional secondary road projects, the board also OK'd the purchase a used vehicle to transport inmates.

The car won't cost taxpayers a dime. Sheriff Mark Miller said the $20,302 used to pay for the car is money from the Jail's commissary account. The account is funded by profits the jail receives from its inmates when inmates purchase items or use the jail's telephone system. In the past the jail has used commissary funds to purchase beds for the jail.

In other business, the board:

• Approved supporting the American Gothic Regional Trail Tap grant application for a 3.5 mile trail to be built from Ottumwa to Cemetery Road in Agency Township, along the abandoned Rock Island rail line. If the project is approved, construction would take place in 2017.

• Approved the hiring of Ruth Roth as a full-time registered nurse with Wapello County Public Health. Roth previously worked as a part-time nurse with Wapello County. She will be paid $16.50 an hour.

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