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Letter to the Editor-Mauer

June 6, 2019
Reinbeck Courier
Editor, In response to Mr. Keninger’s complaint regarding the Secondary Road Dept. and roads at the meeting of the Board of Supervisors on May 28, 2019, which was reported in “The Grundy Register” on May 30, 2019, mr. Keninger is correct in saying that the gravel roads are in rough condition. However, this is not due to inferior maintenance. Grundy County spends over $2 million dollars on its rock-surfaced roads (including snow removal), and the Road Dept. will receive $1.75 million in property taxes in the fiscal year 2019. I have visited with surrounding County Engineers, and they have said the same thing-rock-surfaced roads are in tough condition. We had over 21 inches of rain last fall (saturating the soil) followed by 60 inches of snow this past winter (which broke an all-time record) and a colder than normal winter, all of which have contributed to the poor conditions. This spring has been wet and cool and has not allowed the roads to dry out and firm up.It is difficult to blade roads when the conditions are too wet. Grundy County Secondary Road Dept. exceeded the snow removal budget in fiscal year 2019 by over $100,000 and also exceeded the spring resurfacing budget by over $100,000. The rock that was hauled this past spring is now imbedded in the soft roads and no longer visible. The county is required by law to stay within it budget which means that other line items in the budget must make up the difference. The current FY2019 Secondary Road Budget had to be amended due to these increased costs. Mr. Keninger failed to mention and Grundy Register did not print that his road (130th St) will received 250 ton of roadstone per mile this summer as stated by Supervisors Schildroth at that meeting. Grundy County has 93 miles of Farm to Market (F-M) rock-surfaced roads, and beginning in fiscal year 2013, the Board of Supervisors authorized the Road Dept. to resurface F-M rock-surfaced roads at a rate of 250 tons/mile. The county resurfaces approximately 30 miles of F-M roads every year, putting those roads on a 3-year rotation. The other rock-surfaced roads (540 miles) received 100 tons/mile last year. This summer this will be increased to 135 tons/mile (a 35% increase). A construction project had to be delayed in order to accomplish the increase in rock surfacing. The Grundy Register reported in the article that according to Mr. Keninger he witnessed county employee(s) making personal purchases at Norby’s Farm Fleet. This is not what Mr. Keninger said. He said he heard county employees talking about personal sprayer parts, of which no personal purchase(s) were made using county funds according to our records. The Secondary Road Dept. does own a lawn weed sprayer to spray weeds on yards around County Shops. Parts were purchased for that weed sprayer last fall. The Grundy Register incorrectly reported this and should retract that statement. Just because a person says something does not mean it occurred. The Grundy Register should follow up on serious accusations before printing in the newspaper. We are doing the best we can to maintain the rock-surfaced roads in Grundy County while staying within the budget in a situation that is out of our control. Gary Mauer Grundy County Engineer


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