Bumpy roads ahead for Louisa County

2013-03-05T19:30:00Z Bumpy roads ahead for Louisa CountyCharles Potter runningpianotuner@hotmail.com Muscatine Journal
March 05, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

WAPELLO, Iowa — Heavy snowfall didn’t stop Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Louisa County Board of Super-visors, but it did spark some discussion about county roads.

Supervisor Randy Griffin said he recently witnessed utility trucks from Alliant Energy along Indian Creek Road, where utility poles were being replaced. “I’m not complaining,” Griffin said, “but the road was getting chewed up. I was glad to get off the gravel.”

Supervisor Chris Ball added there will likely be more of the same kinds of complaints as there were a few weeks ago when roads were thawing out.  

“We’ll have our second spring,” he said.

“Most everyone seems to be fully understanding that the roads are a challenge,” said County Engineer Larry Roehl.

Employee performance review

There were no points of contention during the work evaluation of Pat Colthurst, Central Point of Coordination Director. Colthurst could have had the review conducted in closed session, but chose not to.

Supervisors Chair Paula Buckman praised Colthurst for her role in preparing for the impending regionalization of mental health services. “We really do appreciate the forethought you’ve put into the job and changes in legislation and work you’ve done to deal with that,” Buckman told Colthurst.

IT disaster planning

If disaster strikes Louisa County, Information Technology Manager Chuck Borschel wants to make sure the county’s computers can deal with it.

Borschel reported he’s working on his office’s contingency plan for disaster recovery.

“The latest date I’ve found is 1996,” he said. “We’ve got to get up to speed on that.”

Borschel said he continues to make tweaks on the county’s new website, including the recent addition of Wapello’s weather conditions.

Other business

- The board approved payment of claims totaling $123,458.

- The board set a public budget hearing for 9 a.m. Monday, March 18.

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