Supervisors approve road resurfacing plans for D43

Plans to resurface part of Webster County Road D43 were approved by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The road will be repaired from U.S. Highway 169 west to just past the railroad crossing in Callender. The estimated cost is $1,470,000, said Webster County Engineer Randy Will.

“This project has been planned and budgeted for a few years,” Will said. “It will consist of cold in-place recycling and topped off by 3 inches of new asphalt.”

The Iowa Department of Transportation will let the project on April 15, and work should be finished by the end of the construction season.

As part of funding this project, the board voted to transfer $406,000 from the local road use tax funds to the farm-to-market account.

“To comply with farm-to-market restrictions and procedures, dated Sept. 10, 2013, this is probably one of the only option we have in order to keep this project on schedule,” Will said. “In the long term it would be my hope that there could be some reimbursement through some means available to the county.”

The supervisors also placed on file the status change from part-time to full-time for Webster County Public Health Liscensed Practical Nurse Tamara Birdsell.

The department needed more full-time help with some of its programs, said Director Kari Prescott.

A scheduled discussion on the rural fund for the Webster County Library Board was not held, as there were no representatives present.

Budget workshops will begin the week of Jan. 20.