Lee County wants to make sure its residents are aware of new farm operations that can be considered controversial at times.
The Board of Supervisors has stayed out of the discussion about hog confinements in the past.
Lee County has been one of the few counties in Iowa to reject the state DNR’s Master Matrix, which is a scoring system for such facilities. It has also avoided making a ruling on permits because the DNR has the final say.
Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.
The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July. That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.
What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.
Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department. She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.
Lee County could update a policy that affects every one of its employees.
Safety Coordinator BJ Stephens says she would like to do a complete re-write of the county’s safety plan. She says it would cover every aspect of county government by creating a streamlined approach to handling issues that multiple departments must address.
Board of Supervisors Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the goal is “to make our environment that our people work in and our residents come in to visit a very safe one.”
Lee County will provide money for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison. The decision comes after the Board of Supervisors spent weeks rejecting requests for funding.
The Vision Iowa Board has said that Fort Madison’s request for more than $800,000 will not be considered without a $25,000 contribution from the county. The program requires city, county, and public support for a project.
Lee County will receive some outside help in its efforts to land a new industry.
The Board of Supervisors has agreed to hire attorney Bob Josten to negotiate with Iowa Fertilizer Company on behalf of the county. Josten is with Dorsey & Whitney, a Des Moines-based law firm the county uses when it borrows money.
Iowa Fertilizer Company is considering a 300-acre site near Wever for a $1.3-billion dollar fertilizer plant.
It’s unclear whether Lee County’s support for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison will lead to any state funding. The project calls for the construction of three football/soccer fields and three softball/baseball diamonds.
The Vision Iowa Board says the county must provide at least $25,000 if the board is to act on Fort Madison’s request for more than $870,000.
The county has created a special community development fund to try to raise the money. $1,500 has already been pledged at this point.