VINTON – Property owners along 22nd Avenue Road north of Vinton are beginning to lose their patience. It’s been wearing thin since their road washed out in early February and is yet to be repaired.
However, Benton County Supervisors told them Tuesday their patience must last a little longer. Repairs will not begin until conditions improve.
That leaves Darren Stein, Jackie Seitz and others in a bit of a bind.
Access to their property can be blocked north and south of their homes and businesses.
The washout, northwest of their property, blocks access from that direction. Access from the south is often restricted because of the flood water covering the road from the Cedar River, which is a short distance away.
Stein operates a animal husbandry cattle operation between the two blockages.
Seitz has lived in the area for decades and has always been pleased with the county’s response to washouts, which she said was always been prompt until this year.
The neighbors have met with the county supervisors three times, twice this spring and once last fall.
Seitz and Stein suggested that a pipe could have been placed in the washout over the weekend and covered with rock for a temporary repair.
Rick Primmer, Benton County Board of Supervisors chairman, said they had been contacted several times by people throughout the county about roads needing repair. There were many “frost boils” which needed to solidify before repairs would be made. Primmer contended it would be a waste of money to perform the work twice.
In addition, now is the season to begin applying dust control and this work also needed to be undertaken.
Supervisors decided to wait until conditions were better.