Tama supervisors OK fund contribution

The Tama County Board of Supervisors this week approved nearly $16,000 in cash assistance for the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund.

Donna Sampson with Region 6 Planning met with the supervisors to discuss the fund. The fund in 2014 can apply for more than $312,000 in funding from the Iowa Finance Authority State Housing Trust if Region 6 secures at least $78,138 in local contributions. The funds are then allocated to the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund to each county on a per capita basis.

The fund can be used for qualified rental and owner occupied housing improvement activities for income qualified people across Tama County. All applicants must have annual incomes under 80 percent of the county median as determined by HUD, with at least 30 percent being reserved for households under 30 percent of the county median.

The supervisors agreed to provide $15,967 of cash assistance for Fiscal Year 2015-16.

Meanwhile, the supervisors voted to support Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center’s efforts in building a cancer treatment center.

The board urged the Iowa Health Facilities Council to approve MMSC’s Certificate of Need application for a cancer treatment center.

Finally, Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm gave his weekly road report stating that work continues at the intersection of E Avenue and 350th Street. This “T” intersection had a steep slope to the north and poor sight distance to the south. A landowner is allowing the county to remove dirt to the south which will increase sight distance. The dirt is being placed to the north which will improve the slope. Brehm said this is a large project and hopes to have it completed by harvest time.

Brehm also reported a problem on Highway T47 south of Montour. There is a pair of 24-inch culverts carrying water from east to west a little north of 350th Street. Water has run over the road at this location several times in the past. Officials have identified the inadequate size of the culverts as the problem and have also identified a void under the shoulder. The area has been backfilled with rock. Metal culverts will be replaced with a concrete box culvert, most likely later this fall. This section of road will be left as rock over the winter.

The county’s bridge crew is working on the bridge on J Avenue north of Highway 96, Brehm said. This is a truss bridge that was closed when a vehicle collided with the bridge earlier this year. Five of the beams have been replaced, but the crew is still waiting the arrival of four more beams.

Work has also started on the bridge replacement project in Grant Township, Section 14. The existing pony truss bridge is being replaced with a Twin 12’x12′ concrete box culvert. When completed the road will be about two inches higher over the stream.