Mahaska Board of Supervisors

In this photo from video, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors hold a meeting on Tuesday.

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday morning to discuss a road vacation in Section 33 of Jefferson Township as well as a proposed expansion of the Co-Line company.

In the beginning of the meeting, a resident brought up concerns that vacating the road will block them from accessing their property.

He went on to ask for maintenance on the road so he could still access his property. Supervisor Steve Wanders gave a motion to continue the public hearing until March 15, which was passed.

Afterwards, Dale Brand, the owner of the manufacturing business Co-Line, came to the table to discuss expanding his business in the county’s northwest corner.

Brand said he wanted to expand primarily to develop a new product line.

He plans to break ground this upcoming spring. This would be the 14th expansion for the business since it began.

Brand has also had a large number of contracts put on hold because of steel prices increasing. He’s said he felt a significant amount of uncertainty, which is prompting him to expand the business.

Co-Line has a little over 200 employees. The company is currently partnered with Mahaska County to help offset property taxes. The agreement is halfway completed.

The board didn’t have an agenda item to take action during the meeting, but Brand brought up the idea of taking the supervisors on a tour of the building to help them better understand the business.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com.

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