NOUNT PLEASANT — In a monthly update to the Henry County Board of Supervisors, John Pullis presented numbers regarding a possible move of the Waterworks campground from where it is currently located to higher elevation.
Pullis, executive director of Henry County Conservation, examined recorded information from the last six disaster declarations at the campground sites— in 1993, 1996, 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2013-2015.
Under those declarations, Pullis said Henry County Conservation had $190,725 in damages and maintenance costs. Those same declarations resulted in almost $265,000 worth of damage and maintenance costs at the South Shore campground.
When looking deeper into the cause of those expenses, Pullis said almost $109,000 of that money at South Shore went toward removing debris behind the dam and mitigated projects. For example, in 2008 the conservation board put concrete at camping pads rather than road rock.
Pullis said when he subtracted those costs from the total, the actual expenses at South Shore were closer $156,000 for South Shore.
Then, Pullis told the supervisors from 2001 to 2017 the revenue for South Shore was about $218,500 and the only about $88,000 for Waterworks campground.
No decisions have been made regarding the move, and the conservation board is waiting on more information from engineers.
In other conservation news, from July 1 through Dec. 31 the expenses for Henry County Conservation cabins and campgrounds was $20,344 and the revenue was $20,455, resulting in a $101 profit for the six month period.
Also at the Tuesday meeting, the supervisors approved a motion from Jake Hotchkiss, Henry County engineer, to sign a 2018-2019 bridge inspection contract with Calhoun-Burns and Associates.
Hotchkiss said while the former county engineer was certified to complete bridge inspections, regulations have become stricter since the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed in Minneapolis ten years ago.
“The nice thing that Calhoun-Burns offers is that this is their daily job,” said Hotchkiss. “Inspecting bridges and reporting to the feds and filling out the paperwork. It’s another set of eyes on our bridges, so I feel it’s a valuable tool to have.”
The cost of the two-year contract depends on the number of bridges up for inspection. In 2018, Calhoun-Burns will charge a lump sum fee of $4,220, and in 2019, when the company will inspect 86 bridges, they will charge $14,190.
The supervisors also approved the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet pick-up truck for the engineer’s department for $31,269.
Hotchkiss will present the board of supervisors with the Henry County Engineer fiscal year budget at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The supervisors also approved the naming of a private lane in Section 17 of Jackson Township. The lane, which once construction is completed will run east off of Hickory Avenue, will be called Hickory Ridge Lane.
While the lane is simply a driveway currently, the construction of a house on the lane was completed in the fall and Planning and Zoning Director Joe Buffington said the process will be simpler to name the lane now rather than having the house undergo a change of address once the lane construction in finalized.