October 22, 2021

Recently closed rural bridge to be revitalized

A bridge along 150th Street in Summit Township will be revitalized so that a local farmer can regain access to one of his fields.

According to County Engineer Nick Kauffman, the bridge has timber piling that is rotting and the bridge was closed upon an inspector looking it over. On Monday, a farmer contacted him in the area saying he needs to get to his crops on the other side of the bridge.

“The bridge is on a dead end dirt road, so he’s got no other access,” Kauffman told the newspaper. “The timber piling was decayed and rotting enough that we had to close it, but I’ve contacted a company who is going to go in and give me an estimate on the repairs. We’ve got all the materials on hand so we’ll see what their schedule looks like.”

Kauffman said the farmer indicated that because it’s so dry, he can haul his grain out of the field through pasture, however that isn’t as feasible when it’s wetter.

The engineer said that the grading project with Cass County along G-61 is nearing completion. A culvert project on Delta Avenue in Jackson Township and a bridge project in Section 34 of Richland Township continue but are also nearing completion.

In other county business, the board:

• Approved homestead and military disallowances and a liquor license ownership change for the beer and liquor license for the Country Life Center. Last week a similar measure was approved for the wine license for the center.

• Approved a new version of the existing 28E agreement between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Adair County for oversight of wells in the county. Mike Stringham with Adair and Guthrie County Environmental Health was on hand to answer any remaining questions the board had on the measure.

According to Auditor Mandy Berg, the agreement is usually reviewed and accepted annually, however it had been a few years since the board had reviewed it. County attorney Melissa Larson also reviewed the agreement before its approval.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.