WIUM Local
11:18 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

County To Help Pay For Study

Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Conservation Board and the Lee County Health Department want to see if their employees can share a facility along Highway 61.

Representatives of the two departments have been meeting for months to explore the idea of building the new complex at Heron Bend.

The feasibility study for the complex is expected to cost as much as $20,000. The Three Rivers Conservation Foundation and the Friends of the Lee County Health Department have each committed up to $7,500 for the study.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors initially decided to support the study through a resolution. The panel has now agreed to provide $5,000 for the study.

Supervisors Ernie Schiller and Janet Fife-LaFrenz each said it was important to put money towards the project. They said that could help the Lee County Conservation Board and the Lee County Health Department seek grant money in the future.

Supervisor Gary Folluo opposed the move because of the use of taxpayer dollars for the study. He says that if there is $5,000 laying around, it should go towards road construction and maintanence.

The supervisors were not able to identify where the $5,000 would come from after Tuesday morning's meeting.

Conservation Director Tom Buckley says the study will get underway as soon as possible.


In Other Action
- The Lee County Board of Supervisors honored Ramon Brown, Diana Beach, and Jan Calvert for their retirements and their years of service for the county.
- The panel also accepted four tax abatement requests for construction in rural Lee County.