Henry County Engineer Bill Belzer is moving on. Belzer, who has been with the county for 12 years announced his resignation in a letter to the supervisors. Belzer will be taking a similar position in Iowa County. Before coming here he served as the Clinton County engineer. His career in the private sector prior to that included a position with CECO in Mt. Pleasant.
In other news from the Henry County Supervisors meeting….the board tabled a request for a fireworks permit from a Winfield resident. Usually in the past these requests are approved based on the recommendation of a fire chief. However, Auditor Shelly Barber said the topic was discussed at a recent state meeting she attended. The point of the discussion was that fireworks are still illegal in Iowa. The supervisors are going to ask the county attorney to look into the specifics.
WMU supt. of schools Patrick Coen presented to the supervisors his plan for a Regional Academy partnership with Southeastern Community College. This is an effort to expand class offerings for students, not just from WMU. The original proposal focused on Agriculture but SCC has suggested other programs Like Project Lead the Way, Automotive and Industrial Maintenance. SCC Director of High School Relations Monica Hinkle has said SCC is excited about the possibilities and looks forward to working with WMU on the proposal.