Supervisors OK roads program

A five-year road work program and the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Transportation budget were approved Tuesday morning by the Hamilton County Supervisors.

The five-year program lays out bridge, culvert and road work planned in the county 2014 through 2018. According to County Engineer Dan Waid, the program is not written in stone and is subject to change as other project arise through the years.

“These projects have been on the plan for sometime,” he said. “We try to tie projects together so we can get a good price on the work. That seems to work out pretty well for us.”

The projects for 2014 include a bridge project north of Randall; rock stabilization on a stretch of Vail Avenue north of Highway 175; three bridges northeast of Webster City; resurfacing a long stretch of County Road R-21 and grading and paving of portions of Estes Avenue and 230th Street.

Several more bridge projects are planned for 2015, Waid said. A bridge south of Kamrar on D-41, the Tunnel Mill Road bridge, the Tollman Avenue bridge south of Ellsworth, Rose Grove Hill bridge and a bridge on 260th Street in Rose Grove Township are included on the plan. A paving project for County Road R-33 from Webster City north is also on the program list.

Additional bridge projects are planned for 2016 along with paving plans for County Roads D-46 and R-27. Culverts will comprise most of the projects in 2017 and 2018.

Two of the bridge projects northeast of Webster City were approved to move ahead to final plans on the projects. One of the bridges is on McMurray Avenue and the other is on 190th Street. Waid said these two projects would involve replacing the bridge with a box culverts.

Chamber report

Webster City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown gave a report on her first month on the job and outlined many of the events planned for the rest of 2013.

On April 24, the Chamber is hosting The Tour, a visit to local vacant business locations. There are 11 locations included on the tour.

“We decided to we wanted to do a tour for Chamber members, interested parties and graduating people from Iowa Central in entrepreneurial fields,” Brown said. “We need to fill these vacant spots.”

She said there were originally 14 properties on the tour, but three were removed.

“Three of them have been taken off the list, which is very exciting news,” she said, adding that a new restaurant has bid on one of the properties and is working to buy the building.

“It’s been exciting since we went public with this (tour),” Brown said. “More people are showing interest.”

The event will be held April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Maps are available at the Chamber office. Brown said owners and historians will be available to answer questions at 7:30 p.m. at HyVee.

Brown also outlined some of the events planned for the rest of the year, including a tractor run stop on June 19, the Boone Bash River Dash and the Cardboard Regatta, Summer Nights promotion on June 14, July 5 and Aug. 9; Crazy Days on July 27; Wine and Nine – a golf outing at Briggs Woods; Ladies Night Out in October; Winter Wonderland on Dec. 13 and 14 and Guys Night Out Dec. 14.

Cemetery preservation

Members of the Hamilton County Cemetery Preservation Society also presented a report of their group’s activities.

Jackie Fredrick said the group had profiled four pioneer cemeteries in the county – Boe Cemetery south of Randall; Clear Lake Ellsworth Township Cemetery; Old Randall Cemetery and the Homer Cemetery.

She said a clean up day was held in November at the Homer Cemetery and another cleanup day is planned for April 20. Volunteers are needed to assist in the clean-up starting at 9:00 a.m. While the trustees will concentrate on removing brush and debris from the cemetery, the preservation group plans to clean and repair tombstones. Officials asked that persons with family members buried in the Homer Cemetery grant permission to the society to safely clean and repair damaged stones. Members of the group have done extensive research on safe methods to clean and fix stones. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes, and water in gallon jugs. For more information: Webster Township Trustees Ralph Storm or Junior Ubben and Cemetery Preservation Society: Catherine Bergman, Chad Eells, or Cathy Dayton.

The Homer Cemetery will be the focus of a cemetery walk June 19, Frederick said.