Sheriff fills vacant slot on force
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County has a new deputy sheriff.
The hiring of David Norcross of Winfield as deputy sheriff was approved by the Henry County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday morning.
Sheriff Rich McNamee told the supervisors that Norcross has been working security at the Coralville Mall.
Norcross will begin his new position with Henry County on Monday. He fills the slot created by the retirement of Dan Wesely, chief deputy, in March.
Tracy Brooks has been appointed by McNamee as the county chief deputy.
The supervisors also approved the department’s hiring Marla Hemmie of rural Ft. Madison as a part-time dispatcher. Hemmie current works full-time as a dispatcher in Lee County and will fill in for Henry County when needed.
McNamee also asked the supervisors for approval to apply for a $4,500 grant for a new camera to be installed in one of the department’s patrol cars.
A previous grant application for three cameras has been denied.
In other business Tuesday morning, the supervisors approved a $500 donation to the Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour.
“We feel that it’s $500 that will come back to us,” said Chairman Gary See, referring to hotel tax and sales tax that the county will receive from the participants and tourists
The request had been made during the Thursday, April 4 meeting, but as the item was not listed on the agenda as approving a donation request, the supervisors could not approve it until Tuesday morning.
The supervisors also heard a weekly update from County Engineer Bill Belzer and approved a 28E agreement with the State of Iowa for funding on the Oasis Avenue Bridge Project.
The project, which will be put out to bid next spring, has an estimated cost of $415,000, of which 80 percent will be funded by federal aid and 20 percent from farm-to-market funds.
“You will not see any of the expenses on this,” Belzer told the supervisors.
Henry County will be paying the design and inspection costs on the project.
Belzer also noted that he is getting quotes from contractors to do some crack sealing on Salem Road.
“If you drive it, you’ll notice it’s pretty cracked up,” said Belzer.
He noted that the road is currently only 15 years old and he would like it to last at least another five years.