Road signage a topic for sheriff, supes

The secondary roads department will review the signage on 217th St near Grand Junction, the “unofficial” north detour around the Highway 30 overpass, after sheriff Jack Williams reported three or four cars going in the ditch there each week. The road makes a sharp curve to the north, and several miss the turn and end up in the ditch, the sheriff said.

Before engineer Wade Weiss arrived at the supervisors’ meeting Monday Williams asked if the road could be closed, saying it is dangerous. Supervisor Dawn Rudolph questioned if that was enough cause to close a road, and board chair John Muir suggested better signage was needed.

Weiss said he thought there was a proper sign marking the corner, but he would verify that and do whatever repair or replacement might be needed.

Williams also asked the supervisors about posting “children at play” signs on County Road P-14 immediately south of Churdan. He said there are children in neighboring homes a mile apart on that road, and that their parents had approached him about signage because their children often ride bicycles to the others’ homes.

Weiss advised that the residence on the north end of the mile is in the Churdan city limits and deferred the question to the Churdan city council.

Other business – The supervisors appointed Amanda Bills of Jefferson and Annie Smith of Paton to the board of health. They were suggested by public health director Becky Wolf, RN. There is still one vacancy on the board

The board also heard an update of state drainage activities from John Torbert, executive director of the Iowa Drainage District Association.

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