Lee County now knows some of the concerns residents have about the production plant Iowa Fertilizer Company plans to build near Wever.
Lori Beckert lives between Wever and Fort Madison. She attended the Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 2 for one reason.
Beckert asked the board for a special meeting in Wever about the fertilizer plant so residents and future neighbors can get answers to their questions.
The supervisors said they wanted to see a list of questions/topics for the meeting before they would set a time/date/location.
Lee County is working on a plan for dividing up some potential revenue associated with a proposed fertilizer plant near Wever, IA.
Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFC) will build a $1.4-billion nitrogen fertilizer production plant on 500-acres of land near Wever in northern Lee County.
The site offers rail, river and highway access and is located near a natural gas line, which is essential to the plant's operation.
The project will create 165 full-time, permanent jobs and several thousand temporary construction jobs.
During a news conference in Des Moines on Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad says this will be a much-needed shot in the arm for Iowa, and Lee County in particular.
It could cost Lee County much more than anticipated to repair a well-traveled road.
A stretch of River Road, between Keokuk and Montrose, had to be closed in June 2010 because of a landslide.
County Engineer Ernie Steffensmeier says the lowest of three bids for a permanent stabilization plan came in at just over $1-million.
He believes the bids are accurate based on the fact that all three are within 10% of each other.
Steffensmeier told the Board of Supervisors, earlier this week, the original estimate for the project was around $540,000.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors hopes a simple gesture will kick-off a successful fundraising campaign for two county departments.
The Health and Conservation Departments would like to build a shared facility along Highway 61 near the current Conservation Office.
The building could cost more than $4-million, which is much more than the county can afford at this point.
Supporters say people, businesses and organizations have not been willing to donate money without knowing whether the county would support the project.