Larry McDevitt

Larry McDevitt

Two businesses obtained loans from the Jackson County Revolving Loan Fund, officials told the county Board of Supervisors July 2. 

Roger Stewart is the revolving loan fund’s chair and has served on the committee for 30 years. He presented the information along with Matt Specht, business development coordinator for East Central Intergovernmental Association.

MKC, LLC, doing business as industrial washer manufacturer Precision Metal Works, requested a $400,000 loan to consolidate other loans and improve cash flow. 

“They’re trying to facilitate other things that will make the company run better,” Stewart said.

Blue-9, LLC, makes pet products including the KLIMB training platform and dog harnesses. The Maquoketa company is taking out a $140,000 loan to purchase molds for the business.

In other county news: 

• County supervisors gained a new perspective on a proposed road abandonment plan after going out to look at the road. The class C section of 21st Street that supervisors had proposed to abandon in rural Baldwin could be a better connector to the outside world than the Class B section of the same road, they said.

Typically, Class C roads are maintained less than Class B roads, but the supervisors were shown photos of the Class B section with a truck in an enormous washout. 

“I had the Jeep, and I wasn’t going to go down there,” said Supervisor Larry McDevitt.

One residence, a cabin, is located along 21st Street. Currently, the landowners take their four-wheeler through a neighbor’s field if they want to access their property, officials said.

“Why lose that option for those people if they ever want to live there more than two weekends a year?” asked McDevitt, referring to the unmaintained Class C right-of-way, which is less than half a mile from a paved road. 

“I think we’re all in agreement that we don’t want to abandon that road at this time,” said Supervisor Mike Steines.

• A part-time county employee will lose her job with the shuffling of county offices. County offices in the basement are moving upstairs to occupy offices moving to the Penrose building, and the county’s waste authority will lose its office at the courthouse.

The supervisors July 2 voted unanimously to eliminate the 20-hour-a-week assistant’s position, which had been shared equally between the waste authority and county. The waste authority could maintain the position, but it would be based from the landfill or elsewhere.