Johnson County Removing Bridge, Erecting Tower

TECUMSEH – Johnson County commissioners heard updates on the construction of a communications tower and the demolition of a historic bridge at its meeting Tuesday, as well as a report on the food bank program.

Highway Superintendent Matt Schaardt said the historical Keim bridge is being demolished. The bridge had plaques identifying the commissioners and construction company when it was first built. One of the plaques has disappeared, however.

In other road matters, commissioners expect to open a bridge northwest of Sterling this week.
Schaardt also said road crews need to fix washouts and replace up to 15 culverts before bad weather.

Emergency Management Director Amanda Burki said concrete will be poured in November for the sheriff office’s new communications tower.

Michaella Kunke of the Lincoln Food Bank updated commissioners on the Food Bank Program in Johnson County.

She said the First Baptist Church has been hosting food commodity distribution and the back pack program is doing well.

According to figures from Feeding America, 11 % of Johnson County has hunger needs, compared to 13 percent for the region.

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