IRON RIVER—Although no security issues have been reported by employees, Iron County Road Commission Chairman Carl Sholander said he would still like to see building and vehicle security procedures put into operation.
At the Road Board’s Feb. 14 regular meeting, Sholander said the agency should be pro-active when it comes to security.
“We should have some sort of video surveillance at the doors and inside the buildings,” he said, and employ GPS devices on trucks and equipment, he added.
“Adding a security system would protect the Road Commission from liability.
“We’re heavily involved with temporary employees who don’t have the same consequences as permanent staff.” He asked the building and grounds committee to do some research.
ICRC Superintendent Doug Tomasoski reported to the board that the lists for road work have been submitted by the townships.
The 2012 schedule was being developed, and he was working on cost estimates.
Environmental approval has been received for the Premo Dam/Hemlock River crossing projects. Mowing and brushing is continuing as weather and time permits.
On that subject, Iron River Township Supervisor Mark Polley noted the brushing equipment has been hitting and damaging manholes in the township. Tomasoski said as crews become more familiar with the routes, the damage to obstacles, including personal property such as hedges and shrubs, would lessen.
“In a perfect world, there would be no obstacles in a county road right-of-way,” he said. He added that manhole and hydrant markers should be placed high enough to be seen over snow cover.
New road restriction signs, Tomasoski said, with the change in weights were being ordered and should be in place before restrictions are put on.
Tomasoski noted that it is now illegal for drivers of commercial and official vehicles to hold phones in their hands while driving.
The County Road 424 bypass project was placed on the road list for 2015. It may now become important to the Village of Alpha, Tomasoski said, because of the need to preserve the new village circle road work.
The next meeting of the Road Board is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, at 3:45 p.m.