Lee County is pledging its support to an effort to land a new industry.
The Board of Supervisors has agreed to meet, or even exceed, the 20% local match required for Iowa Fertilizer Company to receive state funding.
The company is considering the county for a $1.3-billion fertilizer plant.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board has signed off on tax credits and $1.6-million in loans for the project, half of which would be forgiven if certain requirements are met.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors and the union representing employees of the Sheriff’s Office have each signed off on a new two year employment contract.
The deal includes a 3%wage increase on July 1and a 1.5%increase on July 1, 2013.
It also changes holiday pay calculations,requires quicker use of vacation time and increases deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums related to health insurance.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2014.
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One local mayor says Lee County would be better off making his community the home of county government.
The Park Ridge Workshop complex in Montrose features more than 30,000 square feet of space.
The price tag for the three steel buildings has been reduced to $385,000.
Mayor Bob Reid says they could house the Lee County Conservation and Health Departments as opposed to a brand new building along Highway 61.
In fact, he says the buildings are large enough to handle all of county government, especially with expansion capabilities.
Lee County is looking into whether a construction project is damaging county roads.
Crews are working to raise the levee surrounding the Green Bay Drainage District.
Several residents told the Lee County Board of Supervisors, during this week’s meeting, that some gravel roads are being severely damaged by the heavy equipment needed for the project.
They say the contractor is using a shortcut instead of utilizing off-road opportunities.
Lee County is being asked to help enhance rural recycling opportunities.
The Great River Regional Waste Authority has about a dozen community trailers located throughout the county, including two in Donnellson.
That city is looking to switch to a curbside recycling program, which would prevent rural residents from dropping off their recyclables.
General Manager Wade Hamm says the authority is asking the county to hire a hauler to transport all of its trailers to the Fort Madison facility.