More than 11 percent of Scott County’s eligible voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Joe Seng.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz credited the push to return absentee ballots for the better-than-expected turnout. She reported election results at a special meeting of the Scott County Board of Supervisors on Thursday. Moritz confirmed 2,598 absentee ballots were received while 5,199 voters cast ballots at the polls.

“It was a good turnout for the time of year,” Moritz said.

Supervisors approved the canvass of votes that elected Democrat Jim Lykam to fill the Iowa State Senate District 45 seat left vacant by Seng's death in September.

In other news, supervisors fielded questions and comments during a public hearing to discuss the reclassification of a portion of 270th Street from a class “B” access road to a class “C” gated road. Jerry Kruse, property owner on 290th Street near New Liberty, requested clarification of when work to shore up the deteriorated roadway will be completed. County Engineer Jon Burgstrum said the gate, fence and fill dirt will be installed within two-three years.

“There’s quite a bit of fill we’ll have to find, bring in and blade,” Burgstrum explained.

Supervisors unanimously approved the road reclassification resolution and a 5 percent wage increase for County Administrator Mahesh Sharma. Sharma took over for retired County Administrator Dee Bruemmer on July 1.

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