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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

Supervisors OK fireworks displays at Cypress Villages

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Jun 24, 2014

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved a fireworks permit for Cypress Villages Subdivision, represented by Dan Walker, at its June 16 meeting.

Walker applied for Class C permits to have fireworks from 9:30-10:30 p.m. July 4 and also 8:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4, both at Cypress Villages.

Supervisor Lee Dimmitt said the airport needed to be notified of the time and dates of fireworks displays.

Marcy Murphy, director of Southeast Iowa Case Management, discussed the ongoing process of regionalizing Iowa’s mental health services with the supervisors June 16.

“Good progress is being made across our region,” said supervisor Becky Schmitz. “Counties and providers are sharing information. Des Moines and Lee counties are working on a program to help persons with mental health issues getting out of jail.

“And meetings are being held with parents of mental health services consumers.”

Supervisor chairman Dick Reed reported from the Eighth Judicial District meeting the Ottumwa half-way house has a weekend dorm program.

“Clients on probation or at the half-way house not following the rules are housed in the dorm for a weekend instead of clogging the judicial system,” he said. “It’s a new program and keeps a client on lockdown for a weekend.”

Reed also reported the June 14 museum crawl attracted 250 visitors to the Maasdam Barns site in Fairfield.

County engineer Scott Cline said at the June 16 meeting that Calhoun-Burns & Associates Inc., a structural engineering company in West Des Moines, would be inspecting the county’s truss bridges this month and the Iowa Department of Transportation has set traffic count sensors across various roads in town and in the county.

“It’s a routine traffic count, IDOT does it every so many years,” said Cline. “We requested that certain places get counted.”

Reed said he’s interested to know the traffic count outcomes.

The supervisors unanimously approved a debt service fund transfer June 16, and the list of county employees’ salaries beginning in the new fiscal year 2015 on July 1.

Reed said the Compensation Board had recommended a 2.5 percent salary increase for county elected officials, and the board of supervisors also approved it.

Dimmitt reported that director of the county’s Alcohol Consumption Task Force Coalition, Don Sanders will resign, as the Iowa Department of Public Health grant is ending, and funding is an issue.

“We’re looking communitywise what we can do to continue the coalition,” said Dimmitt.

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