Luck of the mayoral draw goes to Dan Patterson
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Dan Patterson will be taking over mayoral duties in Salem on Jan. 1, 2014.
Gary See, chairman of the board, had to draw a name during Tuesday’s Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting in order to determine who won the mayoral race in Salem. Ballots cast during the Tuesday Nov. 4 election resulted in a 46-46 vote tie between incumbent Mayor Linda Ward and former mayor, Dan Patterson.
Salem does not have an ordinance on breaking ties through a runoff election. Consequently, state law says a tie will be broken by the drawing of a name from a hat by the county board of supervisors.
Ward has been the Salem mayor since Jan. 1, 2012, succeeding Patterson who served one two-year term and opted not to run again in November 2011 due to a change in employment.
Shelly Barber, county auditor and commissioner of elections, informed the board of the election results for the county. “Honestly, not many people came out to vote,” she said. “Mt. Pleasant only had 7 percent of registered voters go out and vote Tuesday.”
Mt. Pleasant wasn’t alone though, according to Barber; there are 9,287 registered voters in the county. After the election totals were calculated, only 1,072 of those voters actually voted during the election, or an 11.5 percent turnout.
“Mt. Union had the best turnout of voters, with 35.5 percent of registered voters voting,” Barber finished.
Rich McNamee, Henry County sheriff, brought in bids concerning the storage shed he has requested to build. “I have four bids here. One is from TD’s Carpentry, based here in Mt. Pleasant, and they bid $83,000, but they got in a late quote and could take off about $4,000, so we would be at $79,000 with them,” McNamee said. “We also have W3 Construction, out of Washington, they bid $71,826. The third bid was from Eastern Iowa Builders (Lester Corporation), and it was for $66,224. The fourth bid was from Kilbourn Electric, based here in Mt. Pleasant, and they only bid for the electric work and it was $4,743.”
After a short discussion with the board and Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss, it was decided that McNamee and Hotchkiss would go over the bids together and make the right decision. McNamee will bring the bid they choose to one of next week’s board meetings.
“I haven’t heard anything from the county attorney yet concerning the snowmobile route. The snowmobile club did meet Sunday night and went over the agreement I had and after discussion, decided to scale back on the trail. They said their decision was based on maintenance purposes and they also don’t want to pay for mowing, which is something that was new in the agreement I presented to them. I will continue contact with the attorney and hopefully have something to you (the board) soon and you can make your decision from there,” Hotchkiss told the board.
Hotchkiss, after discussing the snowmobile route, presented his weekly updates to the board. “We worked on the slide at Ash Avenue last week and we are just about done. We just have clean up and work on the east side of the road now,” he said. “We also did some blading of territories and the snow last night (Monday) allowed us to check our equipment and make sure it is working properly. We have a few bugs, but we are working them out.”
The engineer continued, “Preston Ready Mix did their first blast yesterday (Monday). We had notified those in the area and everything went according to plan and there were no problems. They should begin crushing rock by Friday. It will be about another week before the next blast. On a side note, I wanted to say that some of the roads were slick this morning and we had to put sand out. There were some cars in the ditch and I would like to remind people winter weather driving is upon us so the roads may be slick.”
In other county business, a housing subdivision proposal was brought before the board by attorney Tim Liechty and was approved. The subdivision, named Bauman Subdivision, will be located on New London Road.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will not meet again until Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. due to a Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) meeting in Des Moines on Thursday, Nov. 14. The board will meet in the boardroom at the courthouse.