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Construction is set to begin soon on new Bow Valley bridge

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HARTINGTON — Cedar County Commissioners learned last week the construction on the Bow Valley bridge is on schedule to begin next month.

Cedar County Road Supt. Carla Schmidt told Commissioners at their May 12 meeting the Bow Valley bridge is still on target to begin construction on June 1 and that she has contacted all the utility companies to locate their particular utility lines.

It is anticipated that the bridge will be completed by Aug. 1, she said.

Schmidt then discussed several road and bridge projects that will be going on throughout the county.

Schmidt also presented an interlocal agreement with Knox County for a bridge that sits on the county line of Cedar and Knox counties.

Approval was given by a vote of 3-0 to approve and sign Resolution 20-07 with Knox County.

Schmidt then said the NIRMA insurance will be doing inspections of the seven county shops in the near future as part of standard procedure.

Zoning Administrator Tim Gobel informed the board a building permit was approved by the Zoning Board for a 41,000-bushel grain bin for Chuck Meirose to be constructed in Section 11, Township 30 and Range 2E.

A representative for Adrian Smith called on the speaker phone, and gave the commissioners an update on what Congressman Smith has been focused on and his agenda and views on current issues particularly the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lastly, Board President Dave McGregor said the partition glass has been ordered for the County offices.

Glass will be put above the counters at the County Treasurer, County Assessor and County Clerk offices and should be in place within the next month.

The shatter proof glass will be framed and installed leaving a 12-inch open space on the top and a four-inch opening on the bottom. This should allow people to still be able to pass paper work back and forth. The system will not include any kind of speaker insert in the glass as it is felt that the openings will allow satisfactory hearing and discussion to take place.

For now, the partitions are considered to be permanent additions to the three offices.

The Commissioners are set to meet again Tuesday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m., at the Cedar County Courthouse Commissioner Chambers.