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Supervisors OK bridge projects

Two rural Webster County bridges will be replaced soon, as the Webster County Board of Supervisors approved a bid of $658,020 to Peterson Contractors Inc., of Reinbeck, during its Tuesday morning meeting.

The two bridges are on 350th Street between Farnhamville and Gowrie and will be replaced with concrete box culverts, according to County Engineer Jamie Johll. The projects are expected to be complete next summer.

The supervisors also approved a resolution to close bridge No. E-11-5, located on 170th Street just west of Fairbanks Avenue, until construction of a replacement structure is complete. Johll told the supervisors that the bridge was damaged about a year and a half ago and since then has been down to one lane of traffic and a six ton weight limit.

“It’s continued to deteriorate,” he said.

The bridge will be replaced in the spring, but Johll said until then it is not safe to travel on.

The supervisors received the county’s annual Urban Renewal Report for fiscal year 2019-2020 during Tuesday’s meeting. According to the report, Webster County brought in $1,376,128 tax increment financing revenue, as well as $10,624 in TIF special revenue fund interest, $88,040 property tax replacement claims and $7,335 asset sales and loan repayments.

The total revenue was $1,482,127.

The county had $509,778 in TIF rebate expenditures and $905,917 in non-rebate expenditures, for a total expenditures of $1,415,695.

The TIF special revenue fund interest cash balance is $165,736.

The board also approved a list of regional urban renewal projects for the county, including projects with CJ Bio America, Cargill Inc., NEW Cooperative, the Webster County industrial agriculture park called Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation and more.

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