From Henry County Supervisors Meeting

Written by Theresa Rose on October 11, 2016

The Henry County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning.  County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss gave his weekly report.  He said he continues to work on the design for the final mile of Winfield Avenue.  Right of way negotiations are taking place this week.  He will also be getting back with the Mt. Pleasant City Engineer since the city will also be re paving it’s portion of the road.  It will be a joint project probably executed thru a 28 E agreement.  A section of Hickory Ave is now closed as Iowa Bridge and Culvert prepares to replace a bridge with a box culvert.  Bridge removal is supposed to start later this week.  The supervisors voted to support Hotchkiss recommendation to hire Shane manning as and equipment operator 1.  He said there were nearly 40 applicants for the job.

Conservation director John Pullis presented his monthly report to the supervisors.  The department’s shop roof is being replaced with a type of membrane.  That work will begin this week.  The department has purchased all new Highway signs.  Conservation will work with the road department to replace the old signs and switch the wooden poles to metal posts.  Pullis said the sheriff’s department is purchasing new handguns.  He said normally the conservation department gets the same guns as the same time but he’s not sure he wants to get new since the current guns are fine.  The Oakland Mills Nature Center is now closed for the season.  The campgrounds are suppose to close this Sunday but with nice weather predicted closing may be delayed for another week or two.  The conservation board approved increasing costs for on-line reservations by 5 dollars for the shelter house and the electric campsites.  Fees will remain the same for phone reservations.  So far this year the Naturalists Carrie Nicely and Trent Hoekstra have done 445 programs, seeing attendance of 10, 604 people that compares to 334 programs and 8,051 people.  Both are booked thru May.  Pullis says this shows the need for environmental education and how the Henry County Conservation department is meeting that need.