Supervisors OK change orders for communications center

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At their March 24 meeting, Washington County supervisors approved five change orders totaling $14,325,84 for the new communications center on Lexington Boulevard.

Changes included items and work for the new radio alarm system, as well as electrical work in the building itself.

The project is expected to be completed well before the Dec. 31 state deadline.

The board also approved the Federal-Aid Agreement for reimbursement funds from Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project that involved Phase 2 of the Kewash Nature Trail Paving and Enhancement work that joined the trail to the Kirkwood College Regional Center on Lexington Boulevard. 

The agreement provides for up to 80% reimbursement of the cost.

In other business, the board:

• Received a report, via teleconference, from Lynn Whaley of WEMIGA Waste Management, noting that so far, things at the county’s recycling and solid waste center are “OK.”

However, there are concerns for workers handling waste materials, a number of vendors are not accepting recycling items, and a concern about landfills accepting solid waste.

• Approved a Class C Native Wine license for Revasser Winery of Ainsworth to include living quarters, outdoor service and Sunday sales.

• Discussed what options there are to meeting federal guidelines and mandates in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but still meeting residents’ needs for service. 

It was stressed that residents can call the county facilities for information, especially Emergency Management service and the county Public Health. Both departments are coordinating services. 

However, Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski stressed that no information can be given about infected individuals, that to do so would violate federal HIPPS regulations.

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