MOUNT PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan University Major Gifts Officer Jim Pedrick submitted a budget request to the Henry County Board of Supervisors Thursday, asking for a $15,000 contribution from local option sales tax revenues.
Pedrick said the money would be used for the university’s 2025 strategic planning process.
Iowa Wesleyan’s current strategic plan, Wesleyan 2020, will be completed in the Spring of 2018, two years early. Reaching an enrollment goal of over 600 students for the 2017 fall semester and 94 percent occupancy of available dormitory space pushed the plan ahead of schedule.
“That is something that is a big accomplishment over the last few years,” said Pedrick. “Going back to the fall of 2015 I think that [enrollment] number was 375.”
Former first lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack will lead the new planning commission, which will be comprised of at least 150 regional constituents on campus for three sessions.
The preliminary budget for the planning commission totals $30,000, and will focus on tangible resources, rural innovation and identity, lifelong engagement and cultural perspectives.
“The underlying principle that we are going by is that what is good for the region is good for Iowa Wesleyan and what is good for Iowa Wesleyan is good for the region,” said Pedrick.
Last fiscal year, the university used its $7,500 allocation from local option sales tax revenue toward the replacement of computers for student and staff use.
Henry County Treasurer Ana Lair and Henry County Recorder Mindy Fitzgibbon presented budget proposals for their offices, both with little change from the current fiscal year.
The supervisors also met with Henry County Law Center project manager John Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants to discuss details of the new jail, including possible flooring and roofing materials and plans for lawn maintenance.
Hansen offered a rough timeline for the project, saying he hopes to have bid letting at the end of March and construction starting in April, depending on weather.