Two land use changes are approved by Benton supervisors

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – Land use, bridge work, taxes and hazards were the topics for the Benton County Board of Supervisors at their Dec. 8 meeting in the Benton County Service Center.

The board met with Steve Meyer regarding the 2021 Benton County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Meyer explained the mitigation actions. The board approved the plan by resolution. This is an update of the plan from 2016. The completed plan will be posted, Meyer said.

A land use hearing was held for Brent and Amy Allee for land in Section 15, Benton Township. They plan to build a home. The CSR (Corn Suitability Rating) is 21 out of 100. Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee reviewed the water table and driveway. He also addressed deer hunting concerns from a neighbor.

A land use hearing was held for Kevin Gilbrealth, Van Horne, for land in Parcel A, Section 29, Eldorado Township. This is for a truck repair business, which will now conform with the land use law.

Lonnie Speckner, Shellsburg mayor, met with the board regarding abatement of taxes. This is for a building the city purchased in 2018 and tore down a few months ago. It is now used as a parking lot at city hall. Supervisor Tracy Seeman recommended tabling the matter, expressing concerns about setting precedent.

Bids were accepted for bridge replacement projects. The Department of Transportation monthly letting was in November. The engineer was approved to execute the contract for the projects. The projects with Taylor Construction are:

– Bridge replacement at 24th Ave. Drive over Bear Creek.

– Bridge replacement on 30th Ave. Drive over Opossum Creek, Section 33, Benton Township.

– Culvert replacement over Prairie Creek on V-44, Section 6, Leroy Township.

– Bridge Replacement on 22nd Ave. over Pratt Creek, Section 36, Cedar Township.

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