Supes hear about biomonitoring of well water, handle routine business

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors met on Monday, Oct. 7, and heard details about a biomonitoring program the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa is conducting in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SHL has invited Greene County to participate.

Chuck Wenthold, environmental department, reported the program involves testing well water in the county over a 5-year period and comparing the results with urine testing of people who use the well water. Water and urine would be tested for metals, farm chemicals, and industrial chemicals.

Wenthold also said he has not yet received a report on the fish kill that occurred in Hardin Creek in August.

The board unanimously approved sending a notice of intent to terminate the 28E agreement between Greene County and the city of Jefferson for the provision of law enforcement dispatching services. This agreement would end June 30, 2020. As discussed in previous meetings, a new agreement will be in effect with the city agreeing to pay the county for dispatching services.

County attorney Thomas Laehn spoke about price quotes for security measures in the courthouse and having active shooter training for courthouse employees occur before the courthouse opens and after it closes.

Laehn introduced assistant county attorney Laura Snider to the board. Snider is currently focusing on juvenile court.

The board approved a resolution to transfer $52,045 from the general fund, $586,148 from the rural fund, and $162,500 from the LOSST fund to the secondary roads fund.

The board also approved a resolution to return $200,000 to the general basic fund from the general supplemental fund. This money had been temporarily transferred to the general supplemental fund from the general basic fund on August 12, pending the collection and apportionment of taxes.

The board met as drainage district trustees to receive a recommendation from a representative of Bolton and Menk, engineering and consulting firm, to accept a corrected $308,505 bid from Midwest Mechanical Industrial of Logan for the work to be done in DD14.

Bolton and Menk reported Midwest Mechanical Industrial “had good references” and is known “for taking pride in their work.” The Midwest bid was the lowest of seven bids submitted at the last trustee meeting, Sept. 30.

Six people attended the DD14 meeting with the board. Carroll Perkins, DD14 landowner, said, “Government works at the local level.” He expressed appreciation for the board working with landowners.

Chair John Muir agreed. “The system works at the local level. Landowners gave us their thoughts on what was needed.”

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