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May 7, 2013

Supervisors approve adding paving project

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors approved adding a paving project on County Road G-29 to the fiscal year 2014 five-year road plan by a 2-1 vote Monday.

The stretch of road to be repaired lies between Oxford and Queens avenues.

County Engineer Jerry Nusbaum said the road was paved in 1967 and then had another layer of asphalt laid in 1979.

“We had problems with the road back in 2007 when the ice storm took down the tower,” Nusbaum said. “I thought we could fix this and buy time.”

Nusbaum wants to replace the roadway with 9 inches of asphalt with reinforcements.

“We have to do something with this section,” he said.

Supervisor Mike Vander Molen asked what was the minimum cost to patch the roadway.

Nusbaum said it would cost about $70,000.

Nusbaum said there are enough funds in the Farm to Market budget to repave the roadway.

Supervisors Greg Gordy and Mark Doland voted to add the project to the 2014 budget while Vander Molen voted against it.

In other action, representatives of Crop Production Services discussed their plans to build a seed warehouse and an anhydrous ammonia storage area about two miles south of New Sharon.

Mike Mitchell of Crop Production Services said the facility would add 10 full-time and 20 seasonal employees. The facility would complement the complex the company has on the southeast side of Oskaloosa.

Mitchell said he needed a written record of the supervisors discussing the proposed project and any objections voiced.

The company has two sites under consideration in case there are any problems or objections.

Gordy said the supervisors will put the matter on the agenda for the May 20 meeting in case anyone from the public wants to comment on the matter.


Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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