Jail committee set to meet for first time next week
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
A committee has been formed to explore future jail needs in the county, Supervisor Greg Moeller said Tuesday during the regular meeting of the county board of supervisors.
Moeller added that the committee will have its first meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse. There are nine men and six women on the committee. The group will meet every two or three weeks for several months to not only study future needs but also to plan a campaign to “sell” the project it chooses.
Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss gave his weekly report to the board. Board members approved right-of-way contracts for the Winfield Avenue project, which extends from the overpass to Grand Avenue. Hotchkiss said four parcels will have to be purchased.
“It’s not a large (construction) area,” Hotchkiss noted, “but we need the right-of-ways. The work will be a joint county-city project next summer.” The county’s portion of the project extends just over one mile.
Hotchkiss said he hoped the bid letting on the work would be in February 2017. “I am holding out hope that we can do it in February, but more likely it will be March.”
Rock blasting has been completed at the county quarry, he said, with the blasting producing 150,000 tons of rock. Crushing of the rock could possibly begin today (Wed.). He said the company will have two large crushers and the crushing should not take long.
In other miscellaneous and construction items, the county engineer said the contractor was scheduled to pour half of the footings Tuesday for the culvert project on 140th Street and the remaining half either later this week or early next week.
The new territory shed on Oasis Avenue, he remarked, is closer to completion. Electrical, plumbing and heating will be worked on this week and next week. “After that, there is minimal work left.”
Hotchkiss’ secondary-roads workers report included hauling resurfacing rock; preparing for the installation of new fuel pumps at the engineer’s building; installing crossroad pipe on 185th Street; trimming around guard rails; and planting temporary seed (winter rye) on Hickory Avenue. Permanent seed will be planted next spring.
Supervisor Greg Moeller said the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) is accepting nominations for the Leland McCosh and LeRoy Meyer Memorial awards.
The McCosh award is named in honor of the late Leland McCosh, longtime mayor of Winfield and a founder of SEIRPC. The award honors a public or elected official who has made outstanding contributions to his/her community in the region.
Meanwhile, the Meyer award is named in honor of the late LeRoy Meyer, longtime member of the SEIRPC board and supporter of economic development within both the Henry County and Wayland areas.
The award honors a non-elected individual who has made outstanding volunteer, community development contributions within his/her community in the region.
Nominations, including a brief outline of the nominee’s service, etc. should be submitted for either award by Dec. 29. The nominations should be sent to Debbie Laughlin, Executive Assistant, Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, 211 N. Gear Ave., Suite 100, West Burlington 52655 or may be emailed to her at email@example.com.
Supervisors meet again in regular session Thursday at 9 a.m., at the courthouse.