Supervisors approve speed limit changes on Co. Road P59

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved a speed limit change for a section of County Road P59 during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Webster County Engineer Randy Will said the pavement resurfacing project on P59 is nearly complete, and once finished the road will have center line rumble strips from the U.S. Highway 20 exit to Mill Road. The speed limit will also be changed to 35 miles per hour from County Road P6D on the north side of Coalville to the on/off ramps of Highway 20, and from 55 to 45 miles per hour on a 1,900 foot section north from the on/off ramp.

“We hope that with this done, we will have done everything we can do to make this road as safe as possible,” Will said.

In other business, the board approved several personnel items including the hiring of Ryan Baldridge as assistant county attorney at a salary of $55,000 effective Aug. 7, wage increases for correctional officers Tracy Haraldson to $14.44 per hour effective July 24 and Ben Westergaard to $14.44 per hour effective July 20. The employment of Stacy Gibbons and Adam Winninger as typists was approved at the rate of $12.75 per hour per the recommendation of Jessica Wernimont with Child Support Recovery Unit. An 18-month salary increase for Daymon Peterson, Class C equipment operator, to $21.37 per hour and the chance of status of Lindsay Kavanaugh from part-time to full-time was also approved.

The board also approved the Class B beer permit for Des Moines Skydivers effective Aug. 28 and a Class B native wine permit for Community Orchard effective Sept. 28 and the temporary closure of Xavier Avenue between 240th Street and U.S. Highway 20 and 310th Street between Samson and Sara Avenues for repairs.