CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Insurance is only going to pay for about $1 million of the projected $3.7 million replacement cost.... For a long time, some concerned citizens have suggested maintaining a rainy day fund, but supervisors have dismissed the concept.... The repeated dismissals were unwise. And failing to make sure the insurance covers the value wasn't a very prudent thing to do either.....
IOWA CITY – Johnson County is closer to starting construction to replace a facility damaged by fire earlier this year.
The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to approve specifications and the cost estimate for a new Secondary Roads building. The county next month will seek bids from contractors interested in constructing the facility at the same site as the old one, 4810 Melrose Ave. West, Iowa City.
The old building, home to the department that oversees more than 900 miles of roads in the county, was damaged last March in a fire that also destroyed eight vehicles valued near or above $200,000 each and county records.