By Jim Magdefrau
VINTON – A land use change was approved, and a detour due to upcoming work on the Highway 21 and 30 intersection was explained at the Benton County Board of Supervisors meeting, Tuesday, June 8, in Vinton.
A land use hearing was held for Corey Krienert, Waterloo, for land in Parcel D, Section 7, Bruce Township. The land is now owned by Kevin Sears. Krienert is in the process of purchasing the property. He plans to change the use of two acres for a house. The land is not in production. The driveway meets the county’s requirements, according to Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee. The corn suitability rating is also low. The board approved the request.
Roy Schultz was at the meeting to talk about using equipment from secondary roads for the Pioneer Cemetery Association. Schultz said they found the Benton City Cemetery and five graves so far. They’d like to reestablish the cemetery and need equipment to do this. The supervisors gave their permission, after checking with Engineer Myron Parizek.
Mona Onken updated the board on the rural access hub. They are going to request more money from the regional board to help pay for a new worker. They also discussed the roles in general assistance and social services, and the move to a regional approach for these.
Mae Hingten discussed Senate File 619 regarding the Mental Health/Developmental Disability Levy. They plan to have a zero levy next year. The region is anticipating to have a fund balance of $16 million. The state will provide per-capita funding of $9.5 million. This will cover the budget for next year. This could change, though, as they are still waiting for the bill affecting this to be approved by the governor.
Sheriff Ron Tippett received approval for vacation carryover for Mark Johnson.
The board signed the law enforcement contract with the Shellsburg. This is for 20 hours a week.
The board went into closed session with Benton County Attorney David Thompson to discuss an early retirement plan. After the closed session, the board approved the pre-retirement plan, which goes into effect Monday, June 14, through Sept. 11.
A credit card was approved for the new human resources department.
The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) contract was renewed with the Iowa State Association of Counties.
Engineer Parizek received approval for the Iowa Department of Transportation Detour Agreement. Work is planned soon at Highway 30 and 21, which will close Iowa 21 at the interchange. Highway 30 will remain open. The detours are all on blacktop roads on the north side. The project is expected to begin March 1, 2022, and last until March 1, 2023. According to the agreement, the detour is described as E-66 from the east city limits of Belle Plaine to V-40, on V-40 from E-66 to Highway 30, then V-42 from Highway 30 to the south city limits of Keystone. The detour continues from V-42 from the north city limits of Keystone to E-44. On E-44, it goes from V-42 to Iowa 21.
They looked at a detour on the south side using the Luzerne road, but there were concerns about planned bridge work and trucks getting under the railroad underpass.
The board approved purchase of a new Gradall XL4100 truck-mounted excavator. The cost is $425,958.
Jordan Pflughaupt was hired as a mechanic in secondary roads.
A bridge embargo was removed in Canton Township, north of Schminke Equipment on 30th Ave. Drive.
The board discussed temporary speed control on 76th Street near Blairstown, due to bridge construction on the north side of town.
There are also dust concerns and passing on hills as traffic increases on the gravel roads. The speed limit was changed to 35 miles per hour by resolution.