The changing of the guard in the Louisa County Veterans Affairs office is continuing with no significant disruptions, VA Director Andy Beaver and VA Service Officer Adam Caudle reported to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
Caudle reminded the supervisors during his and Beaver’s regular monthly update on their office’s activities that Beaver’s last day as director would be Dec. 29.
“But he will be available (to continue assisting),” Caudle said.
Beaver, who announced retirement plans last year without setting any specific date, agreed, explaining he planned to combine volunteer VA work with the assistance.
“The plan is to drive the (VA service) van on Wednesday and then come in (to the county VA office) to help out,” he said.
Beaver also reported more volunteers were needed to help drive the van, which is used by Muscatine and Louisa county veterans for medical appointments to the VA Hospital in Iowa City.
In the meantime, Caudle, who is expected to eventually be named as the county director once Beaver submits his resignation, said he was continuing to meet with local veterans, obtain required certifications and conduct other activities in the office.
“The work load is steady,” he said, adding 21 veterans walked into the office during the past month.
He also said there were 42 veterans or spouses in area care facilities and he had been busy contacting them to review what VA programs were available to them.
Caudle also reported a new software program the local office will begin using soon should help access records and coordinate information efforts.
In other action, the supervisors approved the TFI Subdivision, a one-lot subdivision submitted by Max Totemeier of Columbus Junction.
The board approved the abatement of drainage taxes for the Corps of Engineers for property it acquired in the Oakville area in 2015. Officials said federal agencies are not obligated to pay drainage taxes.
The board also met with Louisa County Engineer Larry Roehl and other staff members of the secondary roads department for their weekly update.