Stutt to present Secondary Roads budget for FY15

County Engineer Russ Stutt will be one of many department heads presenting at Tuesday’s Jasper County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Stutt will be seeking the board’s approval for several matters, including approval of the Secondary Roads Department 2014-15 fiscal year budget, so that it may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The Secondary Roads Department is expecting to receive $10,385,598 in receipts for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which is a bit less than the $11,133,052 the department received for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Secondary Roads lists its expenditures for the 2013-14 fiscal year at $11,133,052 and at $10,385,598 for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

During his department’s public hearing on Feb. 25, Stutt had a total of 38 projects budgeted beginning in fiscal year 2014-15 and ending in fiscal year 2018-19. Stutt said all of the projects would include rebuilding bridges and replacing roads and there were no plans to build bridges in new locations.

Projects that begin in the 2014-15 fiscal year, will cost an estimated $4.3 million and are being financed through a mixture of local, farm to market, special and federal aid funds.

Stutt will also ask the board to accept the low bid from Indianola-based Herberger Construction Co. to replace the Van Zante Bridge, which is located over the South Skunk River and just southwest of Galesburg.

If approved, the project would cost $1,490,787.50 and work would begin this year.

Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott will ask the board to consider a contract with Johnston-based Cost Advisory Services. A number of counties in Iowa do business with the firm and CSA would develop a cost allocation plan for Jasper County.

The plans would accurately account for every cost the county incurred during the year the report is conducted.

If approved, the deal would develop plans for the current fiscal year as well as the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. Each report would cost the county no more than $6,100.

In other business:

• Jasper Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Sparks will ask the board to have the county provide a local match from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Sparks is seeking $28,000 from the grant, which would require the county to provide $4,200.

• Sparks will also seek to the board’s permission to retain his position as Jasper County’s representative for procuring funds from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

• Eric Van Zee is hoping to become a reserve deputy for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. If approved, he would begin on April 1.

• Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott will present her office’s report. The office collected $14,509.50 for February.

Senior staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.