Supervisors consider dust, drainage issues

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved dust control permits, approved some scheduled employee pay increases and held a drainage meeting for a large project in a joint Webster-Calhoun district Tuesday morning.

Edwards Contracting, Heffron Services and Jerico Services applied for permits to apply dust control treatments to county roads in 2014. All have done this in other years and are “very reputable,” said County Engineer Randy Will.

One provides a tree sap liquid, one provides a treatment of liquid calcium chloride and one provides magnesium chloride. The county makes the list available, but is not involved with hiring the companies or prices.

The board also set a public hearing for the first consideration to amend County Ordinance 28, which prohibits unauthorized use of secondary road right of way. This includes growing crops, placing fences or placing junk in the county right of way. The amendment will adjust the fine amounts to match those specified by Iowa Code.

The hearing will be held at 10:15 a.m. April 8.

The supervisors renewed a three-year service agreement with Cost Advisory Services Inc. CAS evaluates how operating costs are spread out between the different county departments.

“They provide the cost allocation report on services that are provided, for which we rely on reimbursement,” said Carol Messerly, Webster County auditor.

The contract specifies an annual fee of not more than $6,100, an increase of less than 5 percent from the previous contract.

The supervisors also held a joint drainage meeting with Calhoun County, concerning drainage district No. 70 Webster, located southeast of Somers.

The two boards approved a change order and pay estimate of $134,893 due to unforeseen expenses.

They also set a tentitive date of 1:30 p.m. April 1 to meet with MHF Engineering to discuss further changes needed. The workers found an extensive, unexpected sand seam running through much of the ditch. Critical work needed to stabilize the slopes would cost about $193,000, while completing all the recommended work to fix this issue would cost about $486,000.