Following a public hearing, the Henry County Supervisors approved the vacation of various sections of county roadway. Only one of the proposed closures met with opposition. Nathan Francy objected to the county vacating a section of 320th Street. That closing would cut off access to parts of his land. He was more in favor of making it a class C road with a gate and/or vacating only part of it. The supervisors agreed to have the county engineer re-assess the road and come back with a new proposal for vacation.
Last week the Burge Cemetery association asked the supervisors for financial help to pave part of Oasis Avenue that runs to the rural New London cemetery. The association representatives said this was the only rural cemetery in use in the county that was still on a gravel road. That caused several phone calls to the supervisors and the auditor claiming more than seven cemeteries on gravel roads. One caller even said if the county proceeds with paying for the paving on of the road to Burge cemetery then the supervisors better be prepared to pave the roads to all the rural cemeteries still in use.
Supervisor Greg Moeller reported on a recent substance abuse coalition meeting he attended. The coalition plans distribution of flyers regarding safe behavior at after prom parties. The coalition also plans to sponsor mock car crashes before prom at New London and Winfield Mt. Union schools. There will also be several drug drop off opportunities around the county April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. Residents can drop off unused or expired prescription drugs on that day at the Salem, Wayland and Winfield City Halls and at the police departments in Mt. Pleasant and New London.
The Henry County Conservation Board met Monday night. The board approved a dust control contract with Whaleys for tree sap at 50 cents a gallon. Conservation department director John Pullis said it costs anywhere between $4500 and $6000 a year. Theconservation board also approved a disc golf tournament at Oakland Mills May 19. Pullis told the supervisors this morning they expect 45 to 60 golfers from the area to participate. The tournament is a send off for Dallas Pendell who deploys in June.