(Atlantic) Some roads will close; others will remain open in Cass County.
The Cass County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a number of proposed road closures throughout the County at their meeting this morning.
Last week the Supervisors tabled vacating a portion of 700th Street in Benton Township between Boston Road and Interstate 80 because Guthrie County R.E.C. was concerned about how their easement would be affected. Cass County Engineer Charles Marker told the Supervisors this morning that in their instructional memorandum, the Iowa DOT General Council Opinion assures the utility company reasonable access.
“The utility company retains its right to continue in possession of a right-of-way after vacation or sale of the right-of-way,” explained Marker. “So, right there it says that the utility company continues to maintain their easement even though we’re giving up our easement for a roadway.”
Therefore, the Supervisors approved vacating that portion of 700th Street.
The Cass County Supervisors held a conference call with the Pottawattamie County Supervisors in regards to vacating a portion of 540th Lane from Lansing Road north ½ mile in Washington Township on the Pottawattamie County line. With no written or oral objections, the Cass County Supervisors approved the closure. The Pottawattamie County Supervisors will take action at a later date.
A portion of 740th Street in Lincoln Township will be reclassified rather than vacated. The road proposed to be vacated extended north from Galveston Road toward the south end of Lake Anita. An official with Lake Anita Farms opposed a complete closure saying, “I guess I would prefer a Class C road. That would be better for our use.” The Supervisors approved reclassifying the road from a Level B to a Level C and having the road gated off.
With no objections from the area property owners, the Supervisors approved vacating a portion of Liberty Lane in Washington Township as well as putting up a private drive sign.
A portion of 756th Street in Grant Township will be left open. Dean Hansen, who owns property in that area, opposed the closure. “I would request that it be left just as it, I use it every day,” said Hansen.
And a portion of Quebec Lane in Massena Township will also stay open at the request of the area landowners.
In other activity, the Supervisors approved appointing Debbie Schuler as interim Director of Mental Health/CPC and General Assistance. Schuler has a BA in Psychology from Buena Vista University. She has worked for 25 years in the Cass County Mental Health System and started working at the Cass County Courthouse in 2009.