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March 12, 2012

Appanoose County dust control program available to rural residents

CENTERVILLE — Appanoose County reserves the right to perform normal maintenance (such as blading and granular resurfacing) through areas of dust control to level uneven or rough areas, without liability for the cost of any new dust control application.  All dust control applications will be graded after Oct. 1, 2012.  Appanoose County grader operators will place rock at their discretion only.

Any person desiring to have dust control on a section of road under county jurisdiction shall be responsible for hiring an approved contractor.

The normal, minimal treatment available will be 300 linear feet with treatment being applied in one or two separate applications.  Scheduling of these applications will be the responsibility of the resident-selected contractor in compliance with Appanoose County’s request.  Appanoose County may prepare the site prior to the application by the chosen contractor depending on the need to do so.  Stakes can be obtained from the Appanoose County Secondary Roads shed.  Stakes must be in place from the beginning (May 29, 2012) to the end (Oct. 1, 2012) of the contract period.  Failure to maintain Appanoose County-issued stakes may result in loss of dust control.

Contractors approved by Appanoose County, and the costs to the participating residents, are listed below.  Payment for the dust control applications will be made directly to the chosen contractor.

1) Binns & Stevens, P.O. Box 1005, Oskaloosa IA 52577. (800) 451-1744; Using LIQUIDOW* calcium chloride material. Cost of treatment for the base length is $ 162.50 at $0.542 per foot. Price for two 300’ applications is $298 at $0.993 per foot.

2) Ewing Enterprises, 604 Depot St., Clio IA 50052, (800) 421-1227; Using magnesium chloride material. Cost of treatment for the base length is $ 170 (mag chlor) at $ 0.56  per additional 50 feet. Price for two 300’ applications is $320 (300’), at $ 1.06 per additional 50 feet                                     

3) Heffron Services, 2627 160th St., Van Meter IA 50261, (515) 321-5033; Using magnesium chloride. Cost of treatment for the base length is $155. Price for additional footage (if desired) is $ 52 per 100’. Cost is double for two applications.                             

4) Smith Fertilizer & Grain, 1650 Quebec Ave., Knoxville IA 50138, (641) 828-8500; Using calcium chloride. Cost of treatment for the base length is $ 165. Price for additional footage (if desired) is $ 55  per 100’. Price for two 300’ applications is $330 and $110  per additional 100’.

 All questions regarding dust control and material used should be directed to the contractors at the phone numbers shown above.

Appanoose County will not guarantee the effectiveness of the dust control treatment, and any complaints concerning the quality will have to be handled between the resident and the selected contractor.  Sign-up deadline is May 11, 2012.

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