Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss gave the county supervisors an update this morning on various road department projects…Iowa Avenue remains closed for paving of the bridge approaches. It looks like this project will be done earlier than the expected two weeks. The work begin with new asphalt surfacing. The same thing is taking place on 235th Street but that has been slow starting due to weather and the asphalt plant shutdown Monday. The project near Pleasant Hill Cemetery is going well. Hotchkiss said tiling the ditch to correct the drainage problem won’t be necessary after all and that will save the county time and money. Hotckiss does plan to ask for permission to install a stop sign at the same location which would be the intersection of Logan Avenue and 260th Street.
Hotchkiss also informed the board of vandalism to signs that occurred overnite Thursday along Quincy Avenue South of New London. Eight signs were down and while the signs weren’t damaged, the posts were broken and will have to be replaced. Several homeowners in the area also reported mailboxes that were knocked down.
The engineer and the supervisors also discussed the proposal from the local snow mobile club for sanctioned routes. Hotchkiss would like to drive the proposed routes and examine the ditches. He’s concerned about the transitions on and off the roadways where necessary. His preference for the club to start with a smaller trail system than proposed so the county can see how well it’s managed. The club is volunteering to mow and clear ditches. Hotchkiss wants to keep that under county control. The engineer also wants to visit with the county attorney regarding liability protection under state code. Supervisor Gary See said he wants whatever Hotchkiss is comfortable with. Supervisor Mark Lindeen wants to make sure the routes can only be used within certain hours each day or evening.