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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

Sheriff's department receives $16,400 grant to implement program

Sep 22, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Henry County supervisors gave their blessing Thursday to a $16,400 grant for the sheriff’s department.

The grant is from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB). The county had sought $25,400 in grant funds.

Rich McNamee, Henry County sheriff, said he has plans for the grant. “The grant is based on impaired driving, so we will do several programs revolving around impaired driving.”

McNamee said although he doesn’t have any grant funds for distracted driving, he is planning on launching programs addressing distracted driving because use of the cellphone to text or talking while driving makes the roads more dangerous.

Supervisors tabled action on the final plat for the Bear Creed Estates housing subdivision in Baltimore County because Joe Buffington, county director of planning and zoning, was unable to attend Thursday morning’s meeting. The supervisors also didn’t have a resolution drafted giving final approval for the subdivision.

The subdivision is being developed south of New London by two Burlington couples. The 57.6 acre tract of land will be divided into 14 housing lots, varying in size from 1.72 to 9.99 acres. Developers told supervisors that one lot has been sold and another could be sold by the weekend.

Supervisors will revisit final plat approval for the subdivision on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Next week’s schedule of architect interviews for the county law enforcement/jail project has been amended. Originally, the board was to interview all three finalists on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

However, due to scheduling conflicts, the interview with Rick Wiedner of Bennington, Neb., will be at 10:30 Tuesday, Sept. 26. The board will talk with Shive-Hattery Architects and Engineers of Des Moines at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Design Alliance of Waukee at 11:15 Sept. 27.

The board meets again in regular session Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. in the Henry County Courthouse.

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