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Courthouse given Community Pride Award by Chamber

Courthouse groundskeeper Gerry Gauenbuehler accepted the award
Jul 05, 2018
Photo by: Grace King The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance selected the Henry County Courthouse to receive this quarter’s Community Pride award for the building’s beautiful grounds.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


The Henry County Courthouse was awarded Community Pride for their year-round beautiful grounds by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Following the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 3, Executive Vice President of the Chamber Kristi Ray presented the award to groundskeeper Gerry Gauenbuehler, thanking him for going above and beyond to ensure the grounds of the courthouse remain impeccable.

“I’m partial. I look right over this yard,” Ray said pointing out the Chamber’s office across the street from the courthouse.

Gauenbuehler had no comment as he shyly accepted the honor.

Gauenbuehler sets the bar high with the location of the courthouse serving as a sort of gateway into the community, Ray said. “We appreciate what you do because it makes us all proud to be from Mt. Pleasant,” she said.

Following the ribbon cutting Tuesday, Gauenbuehler stuck the Community Pride Award sign on the front lawn of the courthouse where it will remain for a quarter of the year before it is passed on to the next deserving business.

This is the first time the award has been given to a government entity. The award was created by the Chamber’s board of directors to honor businesses and organizations that showcase exceptional maintenance and investment in their properties.

Henry County was the first county with a courthouse in Iowa in 1839, according to a news release. The courthouse where it stands today was built in 1914 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Previous recipients of the Community Pride Award include Lomont Molding, Hearth and Home Technologies and the Iris Bowling Center and Splitz Lounge.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors held a public hearing and the first reading of the bond amendment ordinance for contractors installing wastewater treatments.

The ordinance was read again during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, July 5 and will have one more reading before it is passed. The ordinance requires all disposal system contractors to obtain a license in Henry County. There were no public comments.

In other news, crews in the Henry County Engineering department continue to work on pulling shoulders to complete work on Merrimac Road. Next week, crews will place rock in preparation for base one treatment scheduled to start July 16.

The north bound lane on Highway 218 will close Monday July 9 at 6 a.m., weather dependent. The Iowa Department of Transportation will be using the TIM Plan that will reroute traffic northbound east on J20 (Salem Road) then north on X23 (New London Road) to Highway 34. The detour is needed to improve the crossover lane for north bound traffic.

Highway 78 also will be closed starting July 9 from Oasis Ave. to Racine Ave. for the construction of a twin box culvert. A detour will be set up and operated by the Iowa DOT for the duration of the construction project.

A bridge on Lexington Ave. between 185th and 195th was closed Tuesday and will remain closed until it is replaced with low water crossing, which is scheduled for August. The bridge is on a dirt road with minor use.

As of Wednesday, June 27 160th Street between Kentucky and Lexington was opened to traffic.

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