With clear skies, road crews able to focus on brush cutting

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


The theme of last week?s road maintenance was brush cutting, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said.

Crews were sent to cut brush just north of Salem and trim trees that were encroaching on the road in Mt. Union last week. Hotchkiss also started preliminary engineering on Bridge 119 on 260th Street.

?Plans are on the shelf, so we?re ready to go in the next fiscal year,? he said during the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Hotchkiss said that the railroad has reviewed the plans and he is pushing for them to complete the paperwork.

Supervisors approved awarding a contract for the 140th and Dakota Ave. grading project to Cornerstone Excavation Inc. for $145,873. The work was estimated to cost $159,072. Hotchkiss said that once the contract is signed, they will agree on a start date.

In other news, Supervisors approved the Henry County Law Center and Jail preliminary floor plans. Auditor Shelly Barber said the approval was a formality. ?There will still be changes, but the basic footprint is what construction will bid off.?

A miscommunication is causing a newly-named road to be renamed. A few weeks ago, Supervisors approved a road to be named Hickory Ridge Lane. The property owner wanted it to be named Hickory Hill Lane. Supervisors approved the change.