Supervisors approve contracts with secondary roads, sheriff’s employees
VINTON – Labor contracts were approved by the Benton County Board of Supervisors with the sheriff’s office union and secondary roads union at the supervisors’ meeting last Tuesday in Vinton.
The agreements called for an overall raise of 1 percent for all union employees. The contracts were approved after an exempt session with Attorney Brian Gruhn, who represents the county in negotiations.
In other business at the board meeting April 27 in Vinton:
- The board heard complaints about the recycling trailer east of the courthouse. The are will be used as a staging area for construction of the new law enforcement center.
Benton County Engineer Myron Parizek said the county might be going in a different direction with recycling by the time the law enforcement center is completed.
- The board was asked about the status of the Oak Grove Road Project. Parizek said he hopes to meet with property owners on May 7. The grading and related work is expected to be $1.1 million. The route was go straight east from the Oak Grove Church to Linn County, but Linn County was not interested. Now the plan is to go east from the church, then north, and east to meet with a Linn County road.
- Rich Grovert, Newhall, requested a speed limit be put on Highway 287 on the south side of Newhall, with a 25 mile-per-hour limit on the highway that runs past the city’s soccer field. The board will meet with the engineer.
- Will Heber and Bob Mahood met with the board regarding a nature center. Heber reported that the Natural Heritage Foundation is in support of the project. Heber stated that conservation is $130,000 short and asked that the board of supervisors support the conservation’s efforts and enter into an agreement for a loan from the Natural Heritage Foundation. The voted to give their support, subject to a public hearing being held.
UPDATED May 6, 2010 11:40 AM