Four things you should know from Tuesday's Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting.
1: Engineer Jake Hotchkiss presented a resolution to the Board of Supervisors for the Iowa Department of Transportation to designate a detour route using county paved roads during the replacement of a bridge on Iowa 78 between Oasis Avenue and Racine Avenue.
The detour route will go from Oasis Avenue south to 170th Street and then east to Racine Avenue and then north to Iowa 78. The supervisors will allow the state to install signs and maintain these roadways during construction of the bridge, which Hotchkiss said is anticipated to take 30 days.
After further discussion, the city will either receive a blanket payment based off the number of vehicles passing through the area on Iowa 78 and the number of days of the project, or a review of the pavement before and after the detour to assess any damage.
2: The Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation for retirement of Henry County recorder Shirley Wandling, effective Nov. 3. Supervisors expressed their intent to appoint someone to the open position in a special meeting that day.
Those interested in the position are asked to send a resumé and letter of intent detailing their qualifications to the Board of Supervisors office before Nov. 2. The person appointed would only hold the office of Henry County recorder until the Nov. 7, 2018 election, at which time they would have to run for election, according to Shelly Barber, Henry County auditor.
After a notice of intent to appoint someone to the open position is published in the county’s newspapers, the public has 14 days to file a petition for a special election to be held.
Barber said a special election would cost the county an additional $10,000 to $12,000, and the person elected would still have to participate in the primary election in June 2018. She said December would likely be the soonest time a special election could be held in the county.
3: John Pullis of Henry County Conservation said the conservation center has partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, which is preparing to restart a master conservationist program. The program, he said, is similar to those like master gardeners and master woodland owners.
The program, which is open to the public, requires 16 hours of online curriculum and seven in-person meetings, three or four which will be held at the Henry County Nature Center. Pullis said volunteers, employees and board members of the conservation department will be provided with the $100 fee.
“I think it is going to be a good program,” Pullis said. “It will be interesting to see if this takes off. I think we are the pilot for the state.”
The conservation department also is planning to transition to a completely online newsletter in November.
4: The board discussed snow removal bids for the upcoming winter months. Supervisors soon will accept bids for a two-year contract to plow snow if it reaches 1 inch at the Henry County Courthouse, Department of Human Services and Human Services building and the emergency management site.
The board will only accept bids for all of the lots together. The courthouse will need to be plowed by 7 a.m., the DHS and Community Services lot by 7:30 a.m. and the emergency management site by 8 a.m.