BV Superviors: Culverts, RAGBRAI Route

The Buena Vista County Supervisors Tuesday morning approved the final pay estimates for two box culvert projects.

Engineer Jon Ites said Midwest Contracting of Marshall, Minnesota was the contractor for both jobs. The first was between sections four and five of Nokomis Township… with a final cost of 167-thousand dollars. The other was between sections four and five of Elk Township, at a cost of 169-thousand dollars.

The Supervisors also discussed a possible change in the route for RAGBRAI through the county. Ites said the city of Storm Lake has asked to change the route leaving town… which is planned to go south on the Lakeside blacktop, then east on C-65 to highway seven. The city has asked to avoid the sewer treatment plant and have the bicyclists leave town on C-49. Ites said the northern route would be four miles longer. He noted C-49 could need slurry leveling before RAGBRAI if that route is chosen, at a cost of about 25-thousand dollars. Ites asked Supervisor chair Dale Arends to talk with city officials before the county proceeds.