Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee attended Tuesday morning’s supervisor meeting. He was there to get the board’s approval to a hire a new deputy. McNamee recommended hiring David Norcross. Norcross lives in Winfield and currently works at the Coral Ridge Mall as a security officer and skating rink manager. He was approved and will now attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy beginning April 22. Sheriff McNamee also received the “ok” to hire a part-time, as needed dispatcher. Marla Hemmie, who works full time for Lee Com in Lee County will fill in at night and on weekends. McNamee also reported to the board that a previous Traffic Safety grant application for three squad car cameras was declined. He said this was due to federal grants funding cuts. However, the department is eligible to apply for a STEP grant. The supervisors gave McNamee permission to apply for $4,500, the cost for one camera.
County Engineer Bill Belzer updated the supervisors on the agreement for Iowa DOT funding for the Oasis Avenue bridge project. The project price tag is $415,000 It’s an 80-20 agreement with the money coming from the federal government and from farm to market funds. The county is responsible for the design and the inspections but no county money will have to be spent.
The supervisors were supposed to meet with WMU supt. Pat Coen regarding development of a regional academy with Southeastern Community College but that agenda item was postponed.
In other business, the supervisors approved $500 in the way of financial support for the 2013 Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour.