From the MP City Council Meeting

The Mount Pleasant City council voted at their meeting this week to sell a city-owned lot at 404 N. Lincoln St. to the Mount Pleasant Community School District for $12,000. The school district will use the lot to expand parking east of the Middle School.

The council also approved purchase of a house at 502 N. Hamlin for $19,000.  At some point the house will be demolished and sold.

A motion to purchase a tractor for the Public Works Department for $48,030.00 was approved.

City employees and fire fighters will receive a 3% pay increase thanks to the City Council.

The Council took the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to allow the sub dividing of the lot where the urgent care facility is located on North Grand Avenue.  This is so there can be further development in that area.

A change order was approved for the Saunders Park Road improvement project. a foot of top soil had to be removed and replaced with rock because it was too soft and spongy under the old concrete to replace with new.  This added $20,355.53 to the cost of the project.

The Council authorized Mayor Steve Brimhall to sign a grant application for funding the final phase of the City’s rec trail system. This last phase is estimated to cost $1.3 million.  The grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation could possibly cover 100% of the project. This section of trail begins at Bell Drive and would follow Grand Avenue north to Washington Street then east on Washington to Iris on the south side of the street.

Lyle A. English

Lyle A. English, 75, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Parkview Care Center in Fairfield.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Lyle at the Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant.

Developer Given Permission to Build on Old Buff’s Site

Wednesday the Mount Pleasant City Council approved a site plan for a two-tenant building to be constructed on North Grand Avenue. According to the site plan one space is designed primarily for a retail business.  The second space is intended for a restaurant that also includes a drive-thru. The old Buff’s Truck Plaza building on the site will be torn down. According to Mount Pleasant Planning and Zoning administrator, Jack Swarm, the developer is from out of state. Swarm said he is not aware that the developer has commitments yet from any businesses for occupancy of the building. The new building will be located on the north half of the property.  A similar development is planned for the south half.

Henry County Supervisors Meeting Agenda



May 13, 2021


Approve Agenda


Approve Minutes


Approve Claims


9:00 Caleb Waters, Conservation Monthly Update


Other County Business as time allows


Supervisors Sub-Committee Updates

Gary L. Wiegel

Gary L. Wiegel, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

A memorial funeral service for Mr. Wiegel will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 17 at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend David Bracht-Wagner, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 7 PM on Sunday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Gary’s family will receive friends from 4-7 PM on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Great River Hospice or the Mt. Pleasant Child Care Center.

The funeral service will be livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church’s YouTube Channel. Online condolences may be left at

Gary Lee Wiegel was born August 9, 1937 in Rock Island, IL. He was the son of Carl R. and Mary Louise (Kemper) Wiegel. Gary graduated from Orion Community High School in 1955. On August 29, 1958 in Woodhull, IL, Gary was united in marriage to JoAnne Brown.

After his high school education, Gary attended Rice University in Houston, TX, where he played football. He returned to Illinois and continued his education at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. He played football for Monmouth and was a member of the TKE fraternity. He was conferred with a BA in Business in 1959.

Gary went to work for the John Deere Co. in Moline. During that time Gary was drafted into the United States Army. He entered the Army on November 12, 1960 at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves on August 31, 1966.

Gary returned to John Deere briefly and decided to take the bar entrance exam. He was accepted to Drake Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1965.

For 56 years, Gary practiced law in Mt. Pleasant. For eight of those years, he accepted the duties of being the Henry County Attorney. He retired from his practice just a month ago.

Gary was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He served many years on the church’s Board of Trustees and taught Middle School Sunday School with his wife. He was a member of the Henry County Bar Association and the Iowa Bar Association. He was a Past President of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce and served several terms as President of the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club. Gary was also a longtime member of the Henry County Conservation Board. When time allowed, Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and snow skiing. Gary loved family vacations and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those thankful for sharing in Gary’s life include his wife of 62+ years, JoAnne of Mt. Pleasant; 2 children and their spouses – Thomas & Tona Wiegel of Tallahassee, FL and Julie & Ryan Pilling of Salem; a sister, Betty Malmen of Orion, IL; 5 grandchildren – Ben and Graci Wiegel, Alisha (Justin) Davis, Mikayla (Brandon) Herron and Trey Jennings and 5 great grandchildren – Maddie, Emma and Isabelle Herron and Cash and Knox Davis.

Gary’s parents and a brother, Charles Reed Wiegel precede him in death.

Donald E. “Don” Snaadt

Donald E. “Don” Snaadt, 91 of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at his home in West Point.

Don was born on August 5, 1929 in West Point, Iowa, the son of Gerhard B. and Adelaide (Strothman) Snaadt. On October 15, 1949, he married Eileen M. Fedler at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.

From the above union came three sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Eileen, his high school sweetheart and wife of seventy-one years; sons: Tim (Carol) Snaadt of West Point, Rod Snaadt of West Point and Doug (Nancy) Snaadt of Fort Madison; daughters: Deb (Dave) Lowenberg and Jan (Pat) Holtkamp both of West Point; grandchildren: Jeff (Tanya) Snaadt, Kara (Ryan) Ulrich, Kurt (Rhonda) Lowenberg, Andy (Stacy) Snaadt, Abby Denning, Brett Snaadt, Trevor (Brianne Linklin) Snaadt, Trenton Holtkamp, Kasse Holtkamp, Ryan (Paige) Snaadt and Harrison Snaadt; great grandchildren: Michael and Garrett Snaadt, Cole, Gabe and Luke Ulrich, Landan and Mylan Lowenberg, Tyler, Teagan and Tanner Snaadt, Taegan, Jameson, Eva and Brynn Denning, Tate Snaadt and Emmalyn Snaadt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Leroy; four sisters: Lucille Kruse, Cassilda Reichelt, Bernice Brune and Kay Kaltefleiter and one grandson: Troy Snaadt.

Don graduated from St. Mary’s High School in June 1947 and the American Institute of Commerce in June 1949 with a two year degree in Accounting. He spent seven years at DuPont in Fort Madison as a cost accountant, ten years as a manager of the family feed and grain business known as Ideal Feed Mill. He purchased the same business, incorporated and became president of Ideal Feed and Grain, Inc. After retiring, he worked part time for Ann Menke CPA as a courier for eighteen years.

Don was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church where he participated in the choir, was a eucharistic minister and served on their finance committee. He was a member of the Iowa Grain and Feed Association, serving as chairman. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight. Don loved people. He was the happiest when he was with family and friends. He enjoyed reading and dancing. He also loved to tease his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and they loved to tease him back.

Friends may call after 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 13 2021, at Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as celebrant. Mass will be lived streamed on the church Facebook page and posted on his obituary “Tribute Wall” on our website following the service at:


Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.


A memorial has been established in his memory for West Point Fire and Rescue and Calvary Cemetery.


Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Two Vehicle Collision

On May 11th at approximately 4:14 p.m., the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two-vehicle collision at Franklin Avenue and Old Highway 34 in rural Mount Pleasant.  An investigation determined that 52 year old Todd Christner, was driving a vehicle that collided with a pickup driven by Keith Dugger, southbound on Franklin Avenue. Christner failed to stop at the posted stop sign and yield right of way to oncoming traffic. The collision resulted in severe damages to the vehicles which were towed, no injuries were reported. Christner was given citations for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way and Dark Tinted Windows.

Vicki Marie Ritz

Vicki Marie Ritz, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant.

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, May 15 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, with burial  in the White Oak Cemetery. Friends may call from 12 Noon -7 PM on Friday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of the service on Saturday .

Memorials may be directed to the family. On-line condolences may be left at

Vicki was born April 6, 1957 in Washington, the daughter of Howard William and Mildred Ann (Wallace) Moore, Jr. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant Community High School in 1975.

She worked at Donutland, the Hy-Vee Bakery, and Dollar General Store.

Survivors include her 3 children: Corey Ritz of Salem, Tami Ritz (fiancé Steve Olson) of Burlington, and Joshua Ritz of Mt. Pleasant; 3 siblings: Melinda (Jerry) Mendenhall of Murphysboro, TN, Julie (Dan) Hill of New London and Shawn (Mandy) Moore of Fairfield; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

Her parents precede in death.