The Davis County Supervisors began to investigate the possibilities Monday morning for doing an asphalt overlay on sections of paved roads that must be maintained by the county.
The three sections of road that are being considered for asphalt are a segment of Old Highway 63 north of Bloomfield, the “Bike Barn” road extending south from the Troy Road to Highway 2, and a section of old highway near Mark.
Heidi Kuhl of Northland Securities visited with the supervisors about the bonding process for an anticipated need of $1-$1.5 million perhaps over a 10-year period of time.
Supervisors Matt Greiner, Alan Yahnke, and Ron Bride hope to avoid raising taxes to finance the bonds; their intent is to repay the bonds out of secondary road funds over a period of time using assessments already in place.
“These roads do not qualify for farm-to-market funds,” Bride said. “They have to be paid for with local funding.”
Kuhl told the supervisors and Davis County Engineer Ryan Schock, “Now is a good time to borrow money.” She said the bond market could be quite different in eight weeks.
Schock would like to see the project begin in the late summer or early fall of 2021.
The supervisors also approved the lowest bids submitted for secondary road rock. Douds Stone was awarded bids for six roads and Crane Quarries for seven roads.
The supervisors met with Davis County Assessor Lois Heckethorn and approved forest reserve applications for 550 additional acres, bringing the total to 16,870 forest reserve acres in Davis County. Owners do not pay property taxes on land in the forest reserve program.
The Supervisors also approved a tax-free status to any structure that holds water and is over two acres in size. The county currently has 50,000-60,000 acres that qualify.
In other action, the supervisors:
• approved an annual contract with Anderson, Larkin & Co., P.C. auditing firm;
• approved quarterly revenue reports for Davis County’s auditor, recorder, and sheriff;
• approved the purchase of a banner for $180 to be posted near the intersection of Highways 2 and 63 south of Bloomfield advertising special shopping events.