Thursday the Henry county Supervisors met with the various county department heads. The Assessor, Gary Dustman, reported that Van Guard continues with the county wide re-appraisal of all properties. Right now representatives are working in Mt. Pleasant. Residents are asked to be cooperative and allow the appraisers to their work.
Conservation Department Director John Pullis said the parks said were busy over the Labor Day weekend and revenues bounced back after some slow weekends. Pullis also said the trail improvements are done. Thanks to funds from the Friends of Conservation the trails have been re-graveled and packed. There will also be new signage identifying the trails as conservation, wellness and self-guided nature trails.
Sheriff Rich McNamee reported that the county dispatch service has taken 11,000 calls so far this year. He said dispatch is now fully staffed and he is done hiring deputies. The jail is down from 17 to 14 and is finally under budget for room and board for the first time this year. McNamee also said he has permission from the city of Mt. Pleasant to begin construction of a storage building near the law center.
Emergency Management coordinator Walt Jackson reminded everyone that September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and encouraged them to check out the beready.iowa.gov website.
As far as Planning and Zoning… Joe Buffington said Kurt and Joel Garrettson had completed the necessary paperwork for a future winery and event center on their property south of Mt. Pleasant.
Rick Van Winkle, who heads up the Veterans Affairs office informed the group of the upcoming Veterans Service Fair set for November 7 at the local armory. He will bring in many experts from various fields to assist vets who attend. He also said he made a lot of contacts at his booth at Old Threshers that resulted in sharing of information, not only with Henry County vets but with those from the rest of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.