The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is ready to provide additional coverage to Montrose on a temporary basis.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on a 28E agreement between the county, sheriff’s office and the city for law enforcement services.
The deal runs from March 14, 2012 to March 13, 2013.
Montrose has been without a police chief since Karl Judd resigned to join the Fort Madison Police Department. The city’s two reserve officers also resigned around the same time as Judd.
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.