Dearden appointed to board of health

Dr. Mark Dearden was named to a vacant spot on the Hamilton County Board of Health Tuesday morning as the Board of Supervisors met in regular session.

Dearden, who practices at the Van Diest Medical Center Clinic, will serve a three-year term as the board’s medical director. Dearden said he had previously served on the board of health in Benton County.

“I look forward to serving,” he said. “I served on the Benton County Board of Health for eight years as chairman and it was one of my favorite volunteer things I did.”

In other appointments, the supervisors named Royal Doolittle to a realtors position on eminent domain commission and Logan Welch, Webster City councilman, was named to the MIDAS board to represent cities.

Two new employee hires for the sheriffs department were approved Tuesday. Paula K. Pohlman will serve as a dispatcher/jailer and Theodore Knutson will be a part-time transporter for the department.

The contract for a construction project along more than 16 miles of Stagecoach Road was awarded to Sta-Bilt Construction of Harlan. The firm turned in the low bid – $401,552.91 – the lowest of six received and opened in December. The project is for micro-surfacing treatment.

“They were very competitive bids, all within 22 percent of each other,” said Dan Waid, county engineer.

The board approved the contract the to Sta-Bilt Construction.

A bridge project completed over the last construction season was finalized at Tuesday’s meeting. Waid told the board that the Hegland Bridge project totaled $442,256.22.

“The project is now complete and we just ask today for acknowledgement of the completion and approval of the final payment,” Waid said.

“This particular bridge was between Ellsworth and Randall on the Skunk River and it was the only crossing,” said Supervisor David Young.

The final payment was approved.

An agreement with Calhoun-Burns and Associations of West Des Moines for design services for a bridge deck repair on the Tunnel Mill bridge was approved. The cost for the design work was estimated at $13,890. Waid said the Department of Transportation would let bids in the late fall with construction to begin during 2015.