The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

April 26, 2013

New road to be fixed

CAMANCHE — Determann Asphalt Paving L.L.C could be seen along Washington Boulevard on Thursday, grinding spots in the new road. The Camanche City Council agreed Wednesday that fixing the bumps and dips in the road was more important than how it looks.

“We have to explain to the people why we spent multi-million dollars on a brand new road and it looks like hell,” Councilman Trevor Willis said.

Todd Powers, of Determan Asphalt, told the council Wednesday that they still do not know why they had issues with the smoothness of the road. He added that it can be pretty common to have a a bump at the headed. However, he told the council that he replaced parts from his paver and rented other equipment to try to reduce the bumps in the road.

“You try your best and you might grind or you might not,” Powers said.

City Engineer Dan Solchenberger pointed out nine spots along Washington Boulevard where Determann is contractually obligated to fix due to bumps and dips or a surface index of more than 30 inches per mile. The contract required that Detterman try to have a surface index of no more than 22. Anything higher would mean a deduction in payment.

Determann Asphalt has agreed to not only grind the places required. They also will grind anything above 15 inches per mile. Solchenberger warned that grinding the road will leave a noticeable difference in the color of the road.

The council has previously discussed milling out the bad portions and pouring the asphalt again for aesthetics reasons. Solchenberger advised that this may not be the best option. Not only did he feel that Determann would not be obligated to do it for free, he worried the same problem could occur again. The concern was also expressed that milling it out could compromise the structural integrity of the road.

Text Only
Top News
  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

  • Technology plays key part in battling police brutality (with VIDEO)

    Allegations of police brutality are nothing new -- as long as there has been law enforcement, citizens have registered claims that some officers cross the line. But in the last few years, the claims of excessive force are being corroborated with new technology from cell phone cameras, police dash-cams and surveillance videos. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton Community School District 2013-2014 Wages

    Clinton Community School District 2013-2014 Wages

    July 24, 2014

  • techel.jpg Iowa man convicted of killing pregnant wife

    A jury convicted an Iowa man Thursday of killing his pregnant wife in 2012, rejecting his claims of innocence after the third trial in the case.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • RAGBRAI rider from Sioux City dies in Mason City

    A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.

    July 24, 2014

  • Facebook continues moneymaking trend

    Facebook seems to have figured out - for now at least - the holy grail for all media right now: how to make money selling mobile ads.

    July 24, 2014

  • Deliberations resume at Iowa man's murder trial

    Jurors will be allowed to review the video, but not the transcript, of an Iowa man being interrogated as they consider whether he's guilty of murder in the death of his pregnant wife.

    July 24, 2014

  • Has the iPad lost its swag?

    The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year.

    CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple's new partnership with IBM to sell its devices to IBM's corporate customers will help make iPads ubiquitous in the workplace.

    July 24, 2014

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

AP Video