Former county engineer to return on a temporary basis
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County has hired Clarence Perry as a temporary county engineer.
Thursday morning, the Henry County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution and contract to hire Perry on a temporary basis up to six months until a new county engineer is hired and can begin work.
Current County Engineer Bill Belzer submitted his resignation in April after accepting a position as the engineer in Iowa County. His last day in Henry County will be May 31.
Perry is no stranger to the county engineer’s office. He was the Henry County engineer for almost 22 years from April 1979 until his retirement in December 2000. Belzer took over in January 2001.
Perry will start on Tuesday, May 28. He will work with Belzer to be updated on current policies and learn about the construction projects that are in the works.
The county has advertised for the position and is accepting applications until May 31.
In other business, Belzer informed the supervisors there is a chance the county could get funding from the Department of Transportation to clear up the logjam on the Skunk River at Oakland Mills.
“The good news is, we could get 100 percent,” said Belzer.
The bad news, however, is that in order to get this funding, the company doing the work must meet certain federal guidelines, such as meeting the Davis Bacon wage requirements.
Last week, the supervisors awarded the contract to Batey Limited to clean up the logjam for $31,750. However, Thursday morning they were unsure whether the company meets the requirements for the funding.
If the company doesn’t meet the requirements, the county will need to decide whether it should stay with Batey Limited and pay the cost itself or end the contract and use the funding.
The supervisors also:
• Met with Henry County CPC (central point of coordination) Sarah Kaufman and signed contracts with Hope Haven, Insight Partnership Group, Henry County Public Health, The Fellowship Cup and Southeast Iowa Case Management (SICM)
• Approved a liquor license for Reunion Vineyard, Inc., at 2555 Lexington Ave., Mt. Pleasant.