County gets new motor grader
By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County Board of Supervisors approved a motor grader purchase for the secondary-roads department, accepted the resignation of a part-time assistant county attorney and approved the hiring of her replacement during its regular meeting Tuesday.
A 2017 Caterpillar motor grader will be arriving in the county in either July or August, according to Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss. The grader is being purchased from Altenhofer Equipment of Cedar Rapids for $215,031, which includes the trade-in of a grader.
“The grader is essentially the same one we purchased last year and about the same price,” stated Hotchkiss. “From an efficiency standpoint, I think it is good to stay with the same brand (of equipment). I feel very comfortable with the purchase.”
He said the grader would be paid for from fiscal 2018 budget funds.
Last week’s work by the secondary roads department included continuing brush-cutting operations on 185th Street; continuing stripping operations at the quarry; sending plow trucks out on Feb. 8-9 due to the snow; and cold patching at various locations.
Hotchkiss said he would be attending the annual county engineers’ research meeting this week in Ames. “It provides a good chance for us to look at research projects and where we want to put our funding dollars regarding research,” he explained as the reason for attending the conference.
Henry County Attorney Darin Stater discussed some staffing changes with the supervisors Feb. 9, which included the resignation of a part-time assistant county attorney and the appointment of her replacement. Supervisors, however, tabled action on the matter because it did not have a written resignation from Erin Stensvaag, who has served in the capacity for close to 10 years.
Supervisors received her written resignation Tuesday, accepted it, and approved the hiring of Terri Quartucci to replace her. Quartucci, a Fairfield resident, will work part-time in the office while maintaining her private practice in Fairfield. She will be paid an initial salary of $45,006.
Stensvaag’s resignation is effective Feb. 16 and Quartucci will begin work Feb. 21.
Remaining agenda items had the supervisors passing the first reading to amend the ordinance prescribing the general relief program. Sarah Berndt, county general assistance director, said the amendment “cleans up language” in the ordinance.
Approval was given to the transfer of funds within the county budget. Some $200,000 will be transferred from the community betterment account to secondary roads, and $11,000 from the general basic fund to historic preservation. The transfers are procedural moves, done annually, and do not impact property taxation.
Supervisors also canvassed the recent Winfield-Mt. Union School bond election. There were no changes to the unofficial tally.
Linda Raub’s appointment to the county planning and zoning commission received approval.
The board meets again in regular session Thursday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Courthouse.