January 25, 2021

Adair County seeks grant funds for COVID-19 expenses

GREENFIELD — Adair County might have grant funds available to them as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on thanks to three different measures the board of supervisors approved last week during their meeting.

The courthouse has been outfitted with plexiglass windows in some offices and other updates have had to be made to make the building safe for customers and staff members in the age of social distancing. The courthouse has been open to limited foot traffic for awhile now with only one customer allowed at each office and the availability of two service windows on the west side of the building staff can also utilize to help customers through.

Iowa CARES Act, Vote Safe Iowa Initiative Grant and Local Government Relief funding were each approved by the board. The Vote Safe Iowa funds may be used for election related purposes because of COVID-19, such as increased supplies of hand sanitizer.

"This is just for things around the courthouse we've used to get through COVID," said Auditor Clerk Timber Woosley.

Other action

In other action, the supervisors:

- Approved a longevity increase for Richard Wallace, approved township clerk wages for Greenfield clerk Amanda Pickrell for $40, and approved a longevity raise to secondary roads employee Lee Stewart to $21.47 and a wage progression to Roger Carl to $21.27.

- Approved the signing of the contract and the performance bond with Jensen Construction Company for a bridge replacement project along Quebec Ave. in Section 35 of Jefferson Township, signed a right-of-way contract for a bridge replacement project along 250th St. in Section 22 of Jackson Township.

- Heard a report on recent activities by the secondary roads department. Engineer Nick Kauffman stated that the large scale resurfacing projects along 160th St. and Stuart Rd. are complete. The bridge crew is currently working on the bridge on 250th St. in Jackson Township and another one on 110th St. in Section 11 of Jefferson Township southeast of Menlo.