Oakland Mills cabins are experiencing a winter chill
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
The cabins at Oakland Mills are experiencing some technical difficulties regarding the heat.
“The cabins are a bit cold right now,” said John Pullis executive director of the Henry County Conservation Department during Tuesday mornings’ Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting. “The company that did the heating when we put the cabins in doesn’t have the style of heater anymore or parts for them, so we have to find something new. Right now, we have to rent the cabins at least six times in a month to pay for the costs and so we hope to stay within the same range we are right now.”
Pullis has been in talks with Hannum’s Plumbing and Heating, in Mt. Pleasant and they think they may have a solution to the problem, but more information will come at a later date.
Pullis updated the board on the hydroelectric project, which was discussed during the Henry County Conservation meeting Monday night.
“I still think this a great project. I know that it’s taking a lot longer than he (Zip Mettenburg) wants it to, but it’s still a good idea,” Pullis said.
According to Pullis, the designer for the Amjet project, Paul Roos, was going to do the project in three phases. Right now, Roos is stuck at phase I because of the Department of Energy. Phase I was a computer design of the hydroelectric turbine, which was completed. Phase II, which would cost about $1.3 million to build, would be the actual building of the turbine itself. Phase III would be installing and using them.
“The Department of Energy has had some issues with everything and want to see phase II and phase III combined, which causes Roos to search for investors and what not in order to get it going,” Pullis said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen here. I know we are going with tides because as Amjet makes a benchmark we will then surge forward. Basically, we have to see what happens now.”
Pullis mentioned the hydroelectric project that was taking place at Lake Red Rock, located in Marion County, on its overflow. “This is what we are seeing. The hydroelectric project there (Red Rock) was stopped because of glitches that were found. A company called Missouri River Energy was bid the contract for the project, but now they are looking at Amjet because they would work better. Also, Rock Island is looking at Amjet to use 18 hyrdoelectric turbines/generators in its dam. So people are looking and there is interest,” Pullis said. “But, as I said before, we have to wait on Amjet now and to see what else we need to do.”
During the meeting, the board also appointed Greg Moeller, board member, to the board of directors for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. He will be a part of the directors as of Jan. 1 and his term will end on Dec. 31, 2014.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet again on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.