Lee County is moving ahead with plans for a roughly $500,000 expansion of its jail.
Lee County will add more beds to its jail to account for a growing population.
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.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors says it needs more information before signing off on an expansion of the Lee County Correctional Center.
The panel hopes to obtain that information from Midwest Construction Consultants.
The Houghton-based firm oversaw the renovation and expansion of the jail that was completed just a couple years ago.
The board has agreed to pay MCC up to $2,500 to study the need for additional cells and to develop a proposal that includes usage, costs, and timeline.
Lee County could be forced to expand its jail earlier than anticipated.
A major expansion and renovation of the Lee County Correctional Center wrapped up in mid-2010.
The roughly $6-million dollar project pushed the current capacity of the facility to 92 inmates.
It also improved security and made it easier for correctional officers to oversee more inmates.
Another aspect of the expansion/renovation put the infrastructure (water, electric) in place to allow the jail to eventually be expanded to hold up to 144 inmates.