Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on November 30, 1933 · Page 4
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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, November 30, 1933
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FOUR ADJUSTMENT OF SECONDARY ROAD WORK ADVOCATED Reasons for Wide Variations in Development Given in Brookings Report. DES MOINES, Nov. SO. UP)--A section of the summary of the report of the Brookings institution, whose recommendations were made public follows in this article, the uniform effectiveness throughout the state for the development reflected in the Increased effectiveness of secondary road operations has not been uniform in all parts of the etate. -The extremely wide variations in the stage of development of secondary road facilities reached 'by different counties can be largely explained by three factors: (1) Variations in topographic conditions(2) variations in funds available for secondary road work; and (3) variations in administrative efficiency Only the last of »'::·: three factors is subject to lyislattve correction. Cause Definite Conflict. Two provisions of the law which govern tho administration of secondary road development have given rise to definite conflict between the board of supervisors and the county engineer in. the supervision of secondary road maintenance work. Moreover, the boards of supervisors in some counties have Interpretec the statutory provision which vests in the board "the duty to construct, repair and maintain the secondary road and.bridge system of the county" as encompassing the direct and detailed supervision of both construction and maintenance work. In actual operating practice, there appear to be only 44 counties in which the board of supervisors Itm-- its Its activity to budget making and policy determination and leaves the details of. physical operations to the Beventh of a series: Secondary highway administration. Not only has Iowa developed primary road systems which facilitate efficient motor vehicle transportation, but significant advances have been made in the development of the secondary road system which Includes 92.3 per cent of all rural road mileage In the state. During the past five years, the 99 Iowa counties have invested about $110,000,000 in the development of secondary roads; this amount constitutes approximately 66 per cent of all governmental cost payments ·made by counties. It will be 'recalled Ith'at during the same period .the State expended 5175,000,000 in the development of the primary roadj| Weakness Was Eliminated. An act of the 1929 general assembly reorganized the secondary road administration. To a large extent, the provisions of this act eliminated the township as an administrative area, thereby eliminating one of the fundamental weaknesses in the traditional system of secondary road administration. Out of the operations of this revised organization, relatively effective town engineering units have been developed in a substantial number of counties, and desirable working relationships have been established between state and local highway agencies. There remain, however, certain phases of .statutory organization and administrative procedure which require adjustment if secondary road work Is to bo conducted with county engineer. In the remaining counties, various combinations'Of relationship exist, varying from substantial Interference on the part of the board In either maintenance or construction operations to complete supervision of both activities. This report holds the view that the function of the board of supervisors in road development Is to determine secondary road policies and that the function of the county engineer is to execute plans of improvement based on these policies. JtfASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE NOVEMBER 30 ·§ 193? HOTEL MOW k CEDAR RAPJDi, A IOWA Cedar Rapidt . AUTO CLUB NEW LOW RATES IN CEDAR RAPIDS' LEADING HOTEL 1 50 On* Bfedt fmrt Union Stib'an B* Sure and VUit T).. N.w MONTROSE COFFEE SHOP f«iluring Grant WorxTi fimoui Firm liF murili. Should Adopt Budget. According to this allocation of functions, the major powers and duties of the board of county supervisors should be to: (1) Adopt the secondary road budget, that is (2; determine the amount of money to be raised from local tax sources for the improvement and maintenance of the secondary road system, and (b) determine how those funds are to be expended by adopting an annual plan of improvement for all secondary roads specifying the order in which routes are to be im- Iproved, the annual character of the improvement and the estimated cost; (2) employ a county engineer to supervise the detailed execution of the adopted program and fix his salary; (3) award contracts for construction projects, equipment and materials; and (4) perform all other business incident to authorizing the disbursement of funds. Under this restricted scope of op- iratlons suggested above for the Joard of supervisors, the duties of he county engineer would reasonably be: (1) To prepare a plan or optional plans of improvement for secondary road development and maintenance to serve as the technical basis for the adoption of a secondary road budget by the county board of supervisors, indicating on the basis of his technical judgment: (a) priority of improvement, both for county trunk and county local iroads,. to the light of traffic requirements; (to) character of 'improvement required by traffic con- {aitions;.: and .(c) estlmatedvVuUt : co'st rpfmicMmprovemehtsj-xay^to employ personnel adequate; to carry out the' secondary;-;rbad. progranV.fix.their compensation "subject to -approval of ;the .board of supervisors and terminate their services' for cause; C3) to. directly supervise air engineering 1 , construction and maintenance, operations on secondary roads; and (4) to furnish technical advice and ^services to other county agencies whenever requested. · It is firmly believed that no substantial or permanent improvement in secondary road operations will.oc- cur in these sections of the state which definitely .require improvement until statutory adjustments make possible the correct allocation of powers and functions between the board of supervisors and the county engineer. DECEMBER Real Estate Transfers Robertson, J. M., sheriff to Rock County bank of 'Luverne, Minn., $1407.19 W% L 17 B 23 in Sub of part of Cl. Lk. Camp Meeting Grounds. Nov; 20, 1933. » Saak, Herman and wife and to Tinuermeier, Louis and wife to John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., 51.00 S»i SE and SE SW ex IT rwy 10-95-20. Oct. 24. 1933. Patton, Willis O., to Edna E. Noser Jl.OO L, 1 B 11 East Park ·Place Add. M. C. June 9, 1931. Winter, Albert A. wf. to Allen P. Beck f 1.00.QCD L 7 Emsley's Sub of L 8 Emsley Adams Sub of NE- SW 9-96-20. Oct. 24, 1933. Robertson, J. M., sheriff to Frank Tesene $1200 L, 6 S. ; J. Clausen's 1933. Add. city of Clear Lake. Nov. 7, Peterson Mrs. Blanch to Hazel Brudis ?1 L 3 B 26 Swaledale 10-2223. Frost, George E. and wf. to L. S. Knutson $502.67 lots 22 and 25 Frost's add. Cl. Lk. 6-8-25. Keopple, Eleanora Hawkins, otherwise known as Eleanor B. Hawkins to L. A. Carrott and Jean Koerner $68.57 1-70 Interest In NE 12-95-10: E',4 NW 18-85-18. 11-3-33. Robertson, J. M. Sheriff to John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance company $32,723.97 frl. NE 3-95-19; E% NW SE and SE SE and E/4 SW SE and 15 A on W side of NE SE and Lots 2 in SE NE and Lots 3 and 8 in SW NE 34-96-19; and EV- SE and S'4 SE NE 33; SW NW and all N. of road in NW.VW and NW NW 34-98-19. 11-20-33. Agler, Fred W., to Nettie E. Agler, $1. Lot 6, block 8, Knapp's first addition to Thornton, Iowa. Subject to life estate. July 22, 1833. Clausen, S. J., Jr., et al to Louise Clausen, $1. SJ4 NE 28; SW NW 28; and all that part of government lot 2 in 28 lying south of-line extending east from NE corner of SW NW to NW corner of SW NE 28 alJ in 90-22. Oct. 31, 1933. ONLY WASHER This low price may never be repeated again! . . . , V . ' ' ' B · . ' . - : ' . . · . ' . ' . . . -'^^ , . ' · · · · . . . . . . · · · . ' · · . _ . . . , ' · ·t; ., = 1 If It's a sale you'll never forget--if you buy this washer. 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