Board of Supervisors Minutes
March 18, 2019
The Tama County Board of Supervisors met at 9:30 a.m. March 18, 2019. Present: 1st District Supervisor, Larry Vest; 2nd District Supervisor, Kendall Jordan and 3rd District Supervisor, Dan Anderson.
Motion by Anderson, seconded by Vest to approve the minutes of the March 11th regular meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The Board met with Lyle Brehm, Tama County Engineer, to get a road projects report. He asked the Board to approve a resolution he presented regarding Senate Study Bill 1045 and Senate File 184. Motion by Vest, seconded by Anderson to approve the following resolution:
TAMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
A RESOLUTION OPPOSING SENATE STUDY BILL1045 AND SENATE FILE 184 PASSED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
WHEREAS, the Transportation Committee in the Iowa Senate has passed House Study Bill 1045 (SF 184) which would amend and make changes to Iowa Code Chapter 321 related to transportation of indivisible loads and raw forestry products on primary and non-primary highways, and;
WHEREAS, Tama County owns and maintains nonprimary highways, and is fiscally and legally responsible for the nonprimary highways within the County, and;
WHEREAS, Tama County owns and maintains 316 structures classified as bridges by the National Bridge Inspection Standards, and;
WHEREAS, many of the bridges owned by Tama County are aging and structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and;
WHEREAS, current funding is not adequate to replace or rehabilitate these bridges at the rate their conditions are deteriorating, and;
WHEREAS, the nonprimary roads and bridges owned by Tama County serve a critical need for residents, agricultural users, businesses, schools, post offices, and emergency responders, and;
WHEREAS, the proposed bill would allow the Iowa Department of Transportation to issue annual permits to forestry industry haulers for loads up to 130,000 pounds on nonprimary highways throughout Iowa, without knowledge of or notice given to the agencies which own these highways and the structures thereon, and;
WHEREAS, bridges within Tama County have been designed for loads that were legal on Iowa roads at the time of their construction, and bridges have only been rated or posted with weight restrictions for loads that are currently legal on roads, and;
WHEREAS, each bridge within Tama County is unique based on its age, design, and current condition, and;
WHEREAS, load rating to ensure safe passage of loads greater than 80,000 pounds would be unique for each load on each individual bridge, and;
WHEREAS, the traversing of Tama County bridges by loads up to 130,000 pounds without the County being afforded the knowledge of or the ability to restrict each occurrence, would result in gradual and possibly sudden failure of bridges within the County, and;
WHEREAS, Tama County would likely bear legal and financial liability for subsequent failure of its bridges, even if such failures are caused by loads they did not permit, and;
WHEREAS, Tama County is not financially able to repair or replace bridges which would be subject to accelerated deterioration by increased loads, and;
WHEREAS, Tama County and its residents, farmers, businesses, schools, post offices, and emergency responders, would be subjected to undue operational and economic hardships by further degradation of its road system and the structures thereon;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tama County Board of Supervisors strongly urges all Iowa lawmakers to vote in opposition to this legislation.
Roll call vote: Vest, aye. Jordan, aye. Anderson, aye. Resolution passed and approved this 18th day of March, 2019. Kendall Jordan, Chairman, Board of Supervisors. Laura Kopsa, Tama County Auditor.
Motion by Vest, seconded by Anderson to appoint Mindy Benson,911/EMA Director, to the SARA (Shared Area Radio Agreement) Board. This is a board that is comprised of groups that use RACOM, Marshalltown, for their radio communications. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The Board had a budget amendment hearing scheduled for 10 am but due to an error in the published notice the Auditor asked the Board to reschedule the hearing for April 1st. Motion by Anderson, seconded by Vest to reschedule the FY19 Budget Amendment hearing to Monday April 1st at 10 am. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The Board met with Janice Gammon with the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway in Iowa for the DOT. She shared a presentation on the Lincoln Highway Bridge project along with many other projects her group is working on across Iowa.
Motion by Anderson, seconded by Vest to approve the claims for payment as presented. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Chairman Jordan adjourned the meeting at 10:23 a.m.