Road debate rages on at supervisors meeting

Robert Maharry

After discussions over rock on gravel roads and the controversial Grundy Road paving project resumed at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, county officials heard feedback from constituents on both sides of the issue. Their responses couldn’t have been more different.
“The first person I saw this morning told me to tell (Supervisor Jim) Ross to get over it,” Dike area Supervisor Chuck Bakker said. “The road’s going through. If we need more rock, buy more rock.”
Ross, a vocal opponent of the project who has called for delaying it and spending more money on rock for gravel roads, countered that the correspondence he received—particularly from rural residents—supported his assertions, and Grundy Center Supervisor Barb Smith, who also voted against paving the road along the Grundy-Black Hawk County line, reported that she had heard similar refrains.
Board Chairman Mark Schildroth of Reinbeck, who along with Bakker and former Supervisor Harlyn Riekena voted to authorize the $8 million endeavor, told the board he “had a lot of calls from people who weren’t on (Ross’s) side.” 
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