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Tama County Engineer sharing with Poweshiek County is renewed

July 27, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Lyle Brehm will continue to serve as Tama and Poweshiek county engineer in a bi-annual 28E sharing agreement for fiscal 2020-2022 renewed by both county board of supervisors on Monday, July 22. The arrangement has been in place since 2002 and serves each county in a variety of management capacities.

Brehm told The News-Herald on Tuesday, "I like to say it feels sometimes like being Richie Cunningham (of Happy Days TV series fame) having two dates for the prom at the same time..." He notes the arrangement "Saves money for both counties."

Brehm currently receives $140,858 annually which is divided equally between the two counties. The amount of one-half of the amount is well below the amount of $107,778 which is the average county engineer salary state-wide in an Iowa Association of Counties survey.

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Lyle Brehm
Tama County Engineer

Under the ongoing agreement, Brehm, a licensed professional engineer, heads the secondary road department for each county and is to share his time equally between the two counties. Under the agreement he is fully responsible for planning, engineering, construction and maintenance while the elected boards of supervisors hold the overall responsibility for all county engineering functions.

In addition, he also serves as the engineer of record for the Poweshiek County landfill according to the agreement.

In other business on Monday Tama County Supervisors:

approved a tax sale reassignment for property in Garwin to David Collins who is to pay $359 in delinquent taxes on the property. A tax deed will be issued if the owner does not pay the amount within 90 days.

approved a Class D liquor sales license for Pony Express Riders of Iowa, Inc, - Double D Rodeo, rural Toledo, for five days effective July 30.

approved weekly claims totaling $138,864.



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