September 19, 2021

Public hearing emphasizes utility permit requirements

Union County Board of Supervisors scheduled a public hearing set 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27 to discuss changes to the ordinance regarding utility permits.

The ordinance is to take action on the inspection and regulation of utility line installations, including the issuance of permits, the collection of inspection fees and to provide penalties for the violation of the ordinance in order to protect public safety, health and welfare.

County officials commented Monday how past experiences had applicants not in full compliance with the county’s ordinance. Union County Engineer Keith Wieland knows of work sites that violated portions of the ordinance.

“We need to know what’s going on out there. This is a great time to remind everybody what’s actually in these ordinances,” Wieland said.

Wieland explained some of the proposed changes. The ordinance requires an applicant checklist that includes location plan, billing address, a date for preconstruction and post-construction joint assessment of road conditions and copy of certificate of insurance. The proposed ordinance also requires at least two working days prior to the proposed installation and after Union County approval of utility permit application, an applicant shall file with the county engineer a notice stating the time, date, location and nature of the proposed installation.

The ordinance and permit application can be found on the county’s website www.unioncountyiowa.gov.