Oakland Mills avoids flood scare, FEMA projects nearly complete
MT. PLEASANT (GTNS) – It looks as though Oakland Mills dodged a bullet regarding the 2014 flood waters.
During the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, Henry County Conservation Executive Director John Pullis informed the board that he feels Oakland Mills will be just fine.
“From what I’ve seen, I think it will be all right,” said Pullis. “We are at a minor flood stage now at Augusta and the weather center actually dropped the prediction for this weekend, so everything should be OK. We’ve actually been able to have a normal year.”
According to Pullis, park staff have been receiving many compliments about the park and the new grass that has come in at the campground.
“People have told us how nice the park looks,” said Pullis. “They say that everything looks good and they can tell we’ve been doing a lot of work.”
Pullis said that the FEMA projects are done, except for the footbridge project, which will begin this fall.
Walt Jackson, Henry County Emergency Management director, informed the board that the CodeRED system the county uses for alerting citizens of an emergency will no longer be in use because a new system will take its place.
“The state of Iowa will now be providing a mass messaging system that will replace CodeRED,” said Jackson. “It’s easier to use, quicker and has more features. There is a whole gamut of things that it can do that CodeRED could not do and will save the county $10,000 a year. It should roll out in October and people will have to sign up for the new service, but it will be better that way.
“The system is better and I think that in the long run, the people will benefit from this new system,” said Jackson.
Up next in board business, Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee reported to the board that he was under budget once again and that since 2005, more than $1 million have been paid out for room and board.
“Our jail count right now is in the low to mid-20s and we have had 11,151 calls in the county,” said McNamee. “Our arrests/citations have nearly doubled this year, but that’s because we has more deputies and we have increased our patrol by 30 percent as well.”
McNamee told the board that the new building that has been under construction since spring is now complete; they just need to move in.
“Everything is done with the building, now we just have to get our stuff in there,” said McNamee. “Our rental place is up in August, so we will be using the new building shortly.”
In other board news:
• Henry County Center Point of Coordination Sarah Berndt has changed titles; she is now coordinator of disability services. Berndt informed the board that as of July 1, the regionalization is now in effect.
• Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss informed the board that the Oasis Avenue bridge project should be completed in three to four weeks, weather pending.
• Henry County Treasurer Ana Lair expressed appreciation to Henry County Recorder Shirley Wandling for completing paperwork for veterans so they (veterans) can get the distinction on their licenses.
• Board member Gary See discussed the cement work that has been done around the courthouse and the upcoming work that will be done on the parking lot at the courthouse and at the Center Point of Coordination building.
• Reviewed the gross wages for county employees for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.
• Approved an InterFund transfer of $6,844 (from community betterment to capital improvements).
• Approved the service agreement to participate in the ISAC HIPPA program for Henry County (did not require a vote, just acknowledgement).
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet again in regular session on Tuesday, July 8, at 9 a.m. in the board room at the courthouse.