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Doing It Right Pays Off

By Staff | Jun 9, 2011

Palo Alto County was honored recently with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association’s Portland Concrete Paving Award for an outstanding County Road project for 2010. The award was presented to the county by ICPA’s Thomas Parsons. Pictured from left to right are Supervisors Jerry Hofstad, Keith Wirtz, Engineer’s Technician Dan Berven, Supervisor Ed Noona, Secondary Road Foreman Mike Hartman, Supervisor Ron Graettinger, Engineer’s Assistant John Wright, Engineer’s Technician Justin Williams, Thomas Parsons of the ICPA, Secondary Road Foreman Vinnie Lammers, County Engineer Joel Fantz and Supervisor Leo Goeders. -- Dan Voigt photo

“It takes a lot of good people doing good work to make a project successful. We are blessed to have people like that working here for the citizens of Palo Alto County.”

Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz was lavish in his praise of the Secondary Road and Engineer’s Office staff as the county received an award from the Iowa Concrete Paving Association. The award was presented to the county and the Board of Supervisors recently by Thomas Parsons of the ICPA for the completion of the county road B53, or Ayrshire pavement project last year.

The award follows a similar award earned by the county a few years ago when the reconstruction of county road B14 east of Graettinger earned a national concrete paving award, as well as the state honors.

“The Portland Concrete Paving Award in the County Roads category was presented to Palo Alto County for its’ B53 reconstruction project from Highway Four to Ayrshire,” noted Parsons, as he presented the award to members of the Secondary Road Department, County Engineer’s staff and the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors.

A total of 55 paving projects were nominated across the state for the paving awards in various categories, including Interstates, state highways, streets, airport facilities and parking lots.

“Award winners are rated on smoothness, quality control, general appearance and workmanship, contractor management, safety and project complexity,”?Parsons explained. “The nominees are evaluated by the ICPA and the Iowa Department of Transportation.”

“A lot of people deserve the credit for this award,” Fantz said. “Foremen Mike Hartman and Vinnie Lammers and their crews worked very hard on this project, along with the engineering staff, technicians Justin Williams and Dan Berven, and especially Engineer’s Assistant John Wright, who worked tirelessly to get the plans and design organized.”

Upper Plains Contracting of Aberdeen, SD, served as general contractor for the project.

“And, a special thanks goes to the Board of Supervisors for their foresight in developing our construction bonding program and their support of this project,”?Fantz added. “The biggest thanks must go out to the citizens of Palo Alto County, for their sacrifice during the construction and support of our efforts to provide the best possible roads for the future.”