Henry County engineer Jake Hotchkiss said it’s refreshing to be wrapping up the 2018 road construction season and focus on next year.
During a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Hotchkiss said the Roads Department is watching the forecast this week. While the snow plow trucks are currently being used to haul rock, Hotchkiss said they will get a few trucks ready to plow snow depending on the forecast Thursday.
In preparation for winter, crews also will rework the surface of Merrimac Road one more time, a project that was completed earlier in the year.
“I’m happy with how it’s holding up,” Hotchkiss said. “There’s a few potholes here and there, but overall it turned out really well.”
This week, Iowa Bridge and Culvert will continue work on a culvert on Benton Avenue, which was slowed a little after the heavy rains earlier this week. The culvert should be completed by the end of the week.
Last week, cross road pipe was installed west of Mt. Pleasant and in Tippecanoe Township and repaired wood planks on 270th Street bridge east of Mt. Pleasant. Crews worked on signs in Mt. Union, continued a ditching project on Benton Avenue, and hauled resurfacing rock to Salem Township.
Territory operators also completed work on 200th Street, east of Nebraska Avenue, hauled spot rock, mowed shoulders and brush cut on overhanging trees.
In other news, Henry County residents are again leaving their trash before hours of operation at the sanitation site in New London. The New London sanitation site hours of operation are Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for rural Henry County residents.
Supervisor Greg Moeller said this is the second week people have left their trash before the site opened Monday.
“We appreciate them leaving their trash, but if it’s outside hours of operation it’s like throwing it in the ditch,” Moeller said. “The county provides this service for rural residents. Let’s not abuse it.”
The residents who disposed of their trash before the site opened were identified. Moeller said the situation will probably be taken to the County Attorney’s Office. The penalty is a possible fine.
Supervisor Marc Lindeen said he is sure the county will further be addressing issues of sanitation in the future.