February 25-March 4, 2022
The Week in Review is a weekly digital newsletter from Linn County, Iowa.
Secondary Road Department Releases 2021 Year in Review
Linn County’s Secondary Road Department has released its 2021 Year in Review that highlights accomplishments from the past year, including completion of 19 road and bridge improvement projects, expansion of the priority snow route, responsiveness to work requests, public outreach and communication, and more. View the Road Department’s 2021 Year in Review.
Linn County Auditor’s Office Sending Voter Registration Mailer
In preparation for the 2022 Primary and General Elections, the Linn County Auditor’s Office is mailing voter registration applications to households without active registered voters. Each eligible voter will need to complete their own individual application to be registered. Completing and submitting a voter registration application now will reduce the amount of time voters wait to vote on Election Day or at early voting sites. Visit the Elections website to learn more about upcoming elections, registering to vote, early voting options, and how to find your polling place.
Secondary Road Department Releases Spring Newsletter
The Linn County Secondary Road Department spring Routes newsletter is now available and includes information about the construction and maintenance projects planned for 2022, the 5-year construction plan, Adopt-A-Roadside, dust control, and more. The Road Department distributes the newsletter in early March and mid-November each year.
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Spring Road Embargoes
Spring thaw along with spring rains can cause the roads to become soft and easily damaged by heavy loads and traffic. To help protect secondary roads from damage and to make roads safer for the public, Linn County may restrict vehicle weight for up to 90 days. Those who need to use embargoed roads and are above the embargo weight limit can request an embargo permit from the Secondary Road Department. This typically applies to school buses, garbage trucks, and construction deliveries. Embargoes do not apply to County maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles, or implements of husbandry. View current road restrictions and subscribe to notifications.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap
The following is a recap from the Linn County Board of Supervisors meetings the week of Feb. 25-March 4, 2022. The Board of Supervisors:
- Met with and received updates from the following elected officials: Auditor Joel Miller, County Attorney Nick Maybanks, Recorder Joan McCalmant, Sheriff Brian Gardner, and Treasurer Sharon Gonzalez
- Held a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2023 SF 634 Max Levy Notice
- Adopted a resolution on the total maximum property tax dollars, authorized publication of proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget, and set a public hearing for March 23, 2022 at 11 a.m.
- Approved a vacancy form for an Office Manager for Public Health
- Approved a vacancy form for a Team Lead position for the Treasurer’s Office
- Approved a vacancy form for a part-time Universal Clerk position for the Treasurer’s Office
- Set a public hearing for March 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated total cost for the Priority #2 Linn County Facilities Derecho Repairs Project, and for taking bids on project
- Entered into a closed session to discuss pending litigation, pursuant to Code of Iowa 21.5(1)(c)
- Approved a resolution establishing surface treatment costs for seal coat and dust control palliatives for 2022
- Authorized Chair to sign a Certificate of Insurance as requested by Green Iowa Americorps (Linn County Sustainability) and International Paper for a rain barrel for the community garden at the developing Resiliency Hub
- Authorized Chair to sign a Supplemental Agreement for Additional Services #1 for Snyder & Associates on Tower Terrace Road Design Study Report & NEPA Study
- Awarded bid and authorized Chair to sign contract for calcium chloride application for dust control to Binns & Stevens in the amount of $536,800 for the Secondary Road Department
- Awarded bids and authorized Chair to sign contracts for 3/8” Chips for 2022 Dust Control as follows:
- Alice Shop to Wendling Quarries, Inc. in the amount of $12,720
- Whittier Shop to Wendling Quarries, Inc. in the amount of $8,625
- Main Shop to Crawford Quarry Co. in the amount of $25,875
- Morgan Creek Shop to Wendling Quarries, Inc. in the amount of $8,925
- Mount Vernon Shop to Martin Marietta Aggregates in the amount of $15,280
- Toddville Shop to Wendling Quarries, Inc. in the amount of $14,105
- Award bids and authorize Chair to sign contracts for 2022 Project Rock as follows:
- Moyna Materials in the amount of $318,331.50
- Weber Stone Company in the amount of $83,980
- Wendling Quarries, Inc. in the amount of $876,052.50
- Set public hearing for Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. to vacate all of the Class B portion of Betenbender Lane right-of-way in Section 3, Township 86 North, Range 06 West
- Approved purchase order for $75,373.57 to Siemens Industry Inc. to install new software for the County’s camera system for the Facilities Department
- Approved purchase order for $15,972.35 to Pipe Pro Inc. for a new water heater at the Juvenile Detention Center
- Approved purchase order for $37,000 to Esco Electric Co. for additional parking lot lighting and outlets at the Mental Health Access Center
- Awarded bid and approved purchase order for dust control material to Bituminous Material & Supply in the amount of $526,950 for the Secondary Road Department
- Provided Board member reports of their activities, meetings, and project updates
NOTE: Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap briefly summarizes topics from the Board’s meeting agendas. This recap is provided by County staff as a public service and is not an official record of Board action. The official record of approved minutes from Board of Supervisors meetings are approved at future meetings and are available for viewing after approval.
Board agendas, minutes, and meeting videos are available on the Agendas and Minutes webpage.
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