High water levels have already caused Brown County to close stretches of a few roads, Jan Weismantel, highway superintendent, told county commissioners on Tuesday.
She said five roads were recently closed as water flowing into the county has started to cause problems. The roads closed include:
·County Road 7 east of the McPherson County line.
·County Road 20 north of Claremont.
·County Road 20 at the Day County line/north of County Road 23.
·County Road 23 west of state Highway 37.
·County Road 21 west of state Highway 37.
In addition, two stretches of road - County Road 20 north of state Highway 10 near Claremont and County Road 5 east of Frederick - were closed by floodwaters last year and have not been open since.
The roads that are closed have barricades on them. Driving around a barricade is a misdemeanor punishable by as many as 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
Weismantel said there are already road problems in areas where there were none last year.
In an effort to help protect roads from damage, commissioners lowered the speed limit for trucks to 40 mph on all gravel county gravel roads.
The lower speed limit should mean more gravel stays on the roads as opposed to being forced into the ditch by traffic, Weismantel said. That should result in lower maintenance costs.
The commission did not lower the speed limit on paved county roads to 40 mph, though it could still do so. Commission Chairman Duane Sutton said he has concerns, though, based on information from the state Department of Transportation that indicates slower speed limits on asphalt roads might not result in less damage.
Amy Scott will remain interim manager of the Brown County Fair at least through the annual event in August, county commissioners learned.
Fair board members voted not to replace the late Larry Gerlach until after the fair, Rick Pigors, fair board president, told commissioners. Gerlach, who died last month, had been fair manager since 1992. Scott worked with Gerlach as the fair's administrative assistant. She's now being paid extra to compensate for increased duties.
Commissioners Tuesday approved hiring a part-time, temporary assistant for Scott at least though the fair. Pigors said fair board members have been helping out since Gerlach's death.
In other action during Tuesday's meeting, the commission:
·Approved a contract with Tyler Technologies for new payroll and finance software for county offices. The new program will cost $121,511, plus an annual maintenance fee of about $18,000.
The software will replace equipment that is more than 20 years old and will likely require some new computers in the auditor's office.
·Approved allowing the Aberdeen Pig Out to use county equipment - mostly garbage cans and seating - free of charge during the annual music festival.
·Approved four, 10-hour work days per week for highway department workers starting April 4.
·Approved paying $1,450 to Specialty Trailer to convert the back of a pickup for the weed and pest department from a box to a flatbed.
·Denied a request by Wilbur-Ellis Air to land airplanes on county roads. The business sought permission to land on roads while spraying fields.
·Met in closed session with a representative from Sivertson Technology to discuss a potential contract concerning technology analysis.
·Approved previous meeting minutes, routine personnel changes, five plats and abatements.