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Woodbury Supervisors vote to “vacate” 6 secondary roads

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Secondary roads dominated discussion at Tuesday’s Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Specifically… supervisors’ concerns about their futures.

At issue was whether to continue maintaining the six secondary gravel or dirt roads and a bridge — or vacate them and return the land to adjacent landowners.
All six proposals were approved, and the county will vacate the roads.
The decision was made after verifying the affected landowners would still have adequate access to their properties.

Woodbury County now will save more than 16-thousand dollars per year on maintenance, plus the 300-thousand dollars it would have cost to replace a bridge on Sydney Avenue.

“That’s money that we can put towards a bridge that’s on a through road. We’ll be able to step something else forward in the program.” said Mark Nahra, Woodbury County Engineer.

Supervisors also discussed the Missouri River Historical Development, or MRHD, the non-profit agency that holds the gaming license for the Hard Rock Casino.
The rules for the MHRD Board have changed, now that the state has added sports gaming to the list of legalized gambling.

“With the new changes in state law, they are just looking to add an Ad Hoc member to MRHD from the County Board as well as the City Council. And so it’s just a non-voting member that would have to be there.” said Keith Radig, Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Chairman.

Iowa law will allow sports betting as early as July 4th.

Travis Hoffer

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