The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), approved the appointment of former Atlantic Track Coach Bruce Henderson, to fill a vacancy term on the Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA). Henderson’s term will run through 2017. The Board also approved a bid from A.M. Cohron for replacement of a bridge over Baughman Creek, near the Griswold Golf and Country Club.
Cohron’s bid was the lowest of two for the project, at $655, 835, which Engineer Charles Marker said was also close to the engineer’s estimated cost. The contract, as written, states the project will begin no later than July 6th. Amy Hook and her husband James have owned and run the Griswold Golf and Country Club for nine seasons. The business is located one-mile east of Griswold on Highway 92, and one-mile north on 560th Street. Amy Hook requested the start of the project be delayed until September, so as to not affect their business during the busiest part of the golf season.
The Board discussed placing gravel on a Level B road that can be used to access the golf course, but Marker said it would cost $5-to 10,000-dollars to accomplish. Even if they chose to do that, he said there currently is no road rock available, only larger gravel is available, and that cannot be used for that application.
Hook agreed the road as it is, is not conducive to traffic coming to their business. The Board discussed with Engineer Charles Marker the feasibility of delaying the bridge replacement project until September, but Marker said it’s too early to say right now, if that is possible, because of the process it takes to get the contract signed. Amending the contract to provide for a later start date, makes the process more involved and requires additional discussion with the contractor, not to mention additional cost to the County.
The Board is expected to review the contract after it’s signed by Cohron, during their next meeting. In other business, the Supervisors received a quarterly report from Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes, and they approved an amendment to a Cooperative Reimbursement Agreement with the DHS/Bureau of Collections, with regard to wording about confidentiality.