Henry County vying for agency's Best Practices for Safety award
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County Supervisor Greg Moeller, informed the board on Thursday morning that they (Henry County) could receive a Best Practices for Safety award. Moeller learned this information after a meeting with Ed Morrison, from Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA), regarding safety practices.
If paperwork is filled out by Oct. 1, the county could receive $2,000 to use for safety. Very few organizations receive this award, so it would be an honor if they do. More detailed information on this award will come at a later date.
The board of supervisors wanted to organize a safety committee but are having trouble getting it organized. “We could get our hands around it, but just couldn’t quite get it going,” Marc Lindeen, vice-chairman of the board said. Finally, they hired a woman from regional planning and “she just took it and it was the best $2,500 we ever spent. She is organized and got the committee going,” said Lindeen.
The board then went over the school board elections that took place on Wednesday night. At Mt. Pleasant, it was a vote for three, and Lyle Murray had 160 votes, Regina Erickson had 164 and Brad Holtkamp had 165. At WACO, it was a vote for three, and Tim Graber received 50 votes; Tom Gerot received 54 votes and Barb Shelman received 43 write in votes. For Winfield-Mt. Union it was a vote for two, Mindy Shelledy received 21 votes, Joy M. Sparrow received 72 votes and Robin Therme received 52 votes. New London was a vote for two, Michael McBeth received 265 votes, Shane Mettler received 386 votes and Lindsay Porter received 363 votes.
At New London, there was voting on several public measures. Public measure D (PPEL tax) received 339 “yes” votes, which passed the measure, public measure E received 374 “yes” votes and it did pass, public measure F received 313 “yes” votes and did not pass and public measure G received 344 “yes” votes and did not pass.
Public measures E through G are bond issue measures. Public measures F and G needed at least 60% of the vote to pass. Finally, public measure C for Southeastern Community College received 512 “yes” votes, which passed the measure.
The board will meet again on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m.