The Lee County Board of Supervisors is ready to become the latest governmental board to conduct paperless meetings.
County Auditor Anne Pedersen brought up the idea of paperless meetings during the board's most recent workshop.
The board meets at least 4 times each month. Pedersen says it takes a lot of time, paper, and ink to print documents for each of the five supervisors for each meeting.
The supervisors supported Pedersen’s recommendation to purchase electronic readers.
Lee County has decided to help one of its unincorporated communities with a proposed sewer project.
The Board of Supervisors has entered into a new 28-E agreement with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS).
RUSS is an organization based in Mount Pleasant that helps rural communities secure state and/or federal money for sewer projects.
Supervisor Ernie Schiller says this agreement will allow RUSS to start the preliminary engineering work for a potential sanitary sewer system in the Mooar/Powdertown area north of Keokuk.
Lee County’s Conservation Department is getting an employment boost.
The Board of Supervisors has authorized the department to promote its part-time assistant naturalist to full-time status.
The department’s oversight board had already signed off on the promotion.
Board of Supervisors Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says this will help the department in several ways, in particular through educational programs and tourism opportunities.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors is touting the benefits of a controversial decision.
There are plenty of residents, especially in Keokuk, who oppose the board’s decision to reorganize four county departments one year ago.
The offices of the Auditor and Treasurer are now located in Fort Madison while the Assessor and Recorder are in Keokuk.
The opposition is primarily linked to the lack of a drivers’ license facility in Keokuk.
The supervisors say the reorganization is paying off for the county.
Some Lee County residents could soon pay more for sewer services.
The Board of Supervisors has signed off on a new monthly fee for households or businesses connected to Argyle’s sanitary sewer system.
The supervisors acted in their capacity as trustees for the unincorporated community’s sewer district.
The new flat fee has been set at just under $56/month. It is expected to take effect within the next few weeks.
Sewer bills in Argyle were previously calculated based on the amount of water used by a property owner. The average bill was less than $45/month.