Willow Creek bridge funding update

Posted August 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe told board of supervisors that Federal and State funds will be sought for a bridge replacement from a mid-June bridge collapse following the May flooding at the Willow Creek north of Remsen at 110th Street.

Rohe has met with Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) representatives as recently as Aug. 1 as well as State of Iowa officials.

“FEMA said it will reimburse at 85 percent of the cost for actions in the first 30 days, 80 percent for actions from 30 to 60 days and post 60 days at 75 percent,” said Rohe at the Aug. 6 supervisors’ meeting.

A replacement would cost the county about $190,000 and the new bridge would cost $384,000.

“We have 18 months to do the work. We could have a longer contract that would allow for winter work days.

“This would be a local letting. We’re hoping FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will pay about 80 percent of its cost of replacement. We have to make sure we have enough of local matching funds,” said Rohe.

In other matters at the Aug. 6 meeting

Learned that the state Department of Human Services (DHS) has approved the region for mental health services of Plymouth, Sioux, Cherokee and Lyon counties’ bid to be a region.

In road updates, Rohe told the supervisors

Work continues at a pipe installation project at Tamarack Avenue at a Kooiker Inc. led effort.

Regarding the road work in Merrill Rohe said Cedar Valley Construction is working on shoulders of County Road K-42 south of the ethanol plant. Some grinding work will be done.

A bridge over 160th Street near Le Mars, by Dixon Construction, is at the deck pouring stage.

Christensen Brothers’ bridge replacement project on Fawn Avenue a mile from Iowa Highway 3 is at the deck pouring stage, said Rohe.

A culvert project on Tamarack Avenue, from 230th Street to 220th Street, was completed Aug. 7.

Voted 5-0 to approve being a temporary vendor in the Plymouth County EMS Association’s Systems Standards Grant bid sought from Iowa Department of Public Health. Plymouth County Board of Health will be the backer of the grant try but its board of directors does not meet until Aug. 15. Bill Rosacker of Plymouth County EMS Association was at the supervisors’ meeting.

Plymouth County supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Plymouth County Courthouse, first floor board room, 216 4th St. SE, Le Mars. The next meeting is Aug. 20.

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