Tama Co. supervisors approve speed limit change, Novak appointed to adjustment board

During their regular meeting on May 3, the Tama County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution changing the speed limit on a three mile stretch of gravel road in west central Tama County near the Marshall County line.

The resolution reduces the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph near the Oak Ridge MX facility, on D Avenue from C Avenue to 280th Street and on 280th Street from Highway T-47 to D Avenue.

According to Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm, the motorcycle racing facility has caused increased traffic in the area and the reduced speed limit was recommended as a measure to cut down on dust from the gravel roads.

The Oak Ridge MX facility was opened in 2013 and, according to their website, plan to host seven events this year from late March through late August. The Iowa Motocross Championship Series will hold their state championship event at Oak Ridge MX on May 9.

In other business…

On May 3 the board approved the appointment of Nikki Novak of rural Toledo to the Tama County Board of Adjustment. Novak will replace retiring member Frances Bacon.

On April 26 the board accepted a bid from M.D. Construction, Garwin for a tiling project at the county-owned farm northeast of Toledo. The bid from M.D. Construction was the only bid submitted for the project and is in the amount of $22,943.50.