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PAGE 10A NEWS THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY. MAY 4. 2017 By Mary Zielinskl Correspondent WASHINGTON - The Wash- ington County supervisors Tuesday approved a 28E Agree- ment with the South East Iowa Link (SEIL) to provide mental health and disability services for the county as part of a eight-county regional system. Other counties are Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa and Van Buren. In recommending approval, Supervisor Jack Seward, Jr., the board's representative to SEIL, noted that "there have been some modifications," with an important one providing for one person to see about paying for services to the counties, rather than have "eight people sending eight checks to the pro- viders." Funding is from the countries via state funds, as well as other grants. Thanks to carry-over from 2016, Seward said there is no need to add more to the basic funding that Supervisor Abe Miller noted was listed as "up to $1 per cap- ira." The board tabled any action regarding action about pro- hibiting tobacco products on county grounds since, as Coun- ty Attorney John Gish noted, "the code already prohibits smoking on the grounds, which includes outside the building." He told the board that "you can go further," but at present no formal action was needed. An- other issue has been vapor cig- arettes. The board also briefly discussed what kind of penalty would be involved for violat- ing the no smoking ordinance with Supervisor Stan Stoops suggesting "we check the state law." Gish had noted violation would be a "small penalty" such as a $10 or $15 fine. Seward also suggesting posting signs pro- hibiting all tobacco products. The other issue is not allowing smoking on the sidewalk near the courthouse, an item which may be city owned. Miller said the county did not need to go be- yond the state code, and action was tabled pending for code re- view and sidewalk ownership. In other business, the board: 'accepted the low bid of $227,669.50 for Option A from DeLong Construction of Wash- ington for the Nutmeg Avenue grading project from 12th Street to 200th Street well below the $289,584 estimate. Other bids for the same option were Mc- Culley Culvert, Inc., $266,042.92 and Cornerstone Excavating, Washington, $248,604.50 Op- tion A calls for the contractor to perform all workl including hauling; • .approved hiring Michael Cope as a casual part-time jail employe at $16.20 per hour, ef- fective April 21; • received the auditor's quar- terly report, ending March 31, showing receipts of $1,567.80; • tabled receipt of the month- ly WEMIGA recyclables report; • approved a liquor license for Revasser Winery, Ainsworth; • approved closing a road near 2610 Nutmeg Avenue to allow the Marion Avenue Bap- tist Church to hold its annual youth event. The board also ap- • proved a fireworks permit for the church. The event is 8 to 10:30 p.m. May 11; and • held a closed session to dis- cuss strategy for imminent litigation. Upon return to open session, no action was taken. Kalona project manager Ben Curtis shows one of the memorial bricks. He said that the project is moving ahead and requests for brick inscriptions need to be to the city by May 10. • From page 1A • CENTER Kalona Memorial Project. The paver stones are being sent for engraving. The city has set a June 17 target for installing the paver stones. To meet the installation deadline, the city has set a May 10 deadline to order paving stones. The council also approved a trio of resolutions to receive credit for watershed planning under FEM s community rat- ing system. The three measures are:. • Agreeing not to develop a city-owned lot on Third Street adjacent to Salveson Creek. • Establishing best manage- ment practices from the Eng- lish River Watershed Manage- ment Authority • Establish best management practices from the Kalona Wa- tershed Plan. Schlabaugh said the resolu- tions do not commit the city to any action plan. The resolu- tions help identify opportuni- ties and challenges to flooding issues in the city • From page 1A • COUNTY Brighton for a total annual fee Blake Dwight Weidman, re- of $1,319. Cobb is the current turning for second year, $12.10 ty ordinance more restric- tive than the state law which supplier and County Engineer hourly, and Hunter Bell, ISU Jacob Thorius said "we have student, $12.10; provides up to a $150 fine for repeated violations. Gish been happy with their service. •approved a pay increase added that any who dispute the The other bid, from Agriland for Jayse Horning, Conserva- citation could also receive a $60 FS, based in Winterset, was tion Board, per agreement for court fee plus at least an initial $3,582 for the same gas and die- his completion of the Ranger- $50 fine if they lose the case. sel fuels; Technician certification at the Instead, the board agreed it .approved a permanent ease- Iowa Law Enforcement Acade- needed to post "no smoking" ment with Tobias E. and Nona my, from $19 to $19.50 per hour. signs, which include prohibit- A. Miller for purchase of two Homing also will be on-call ing electronic cigarettes, and acres of land for public high- with the :Stleriff's depar ent to see about obtaining the signs way use at ll0th Street and Lo- at $12 per hour; from the state Public Health of- cust Avenue at a cost of $238.75; .approved a correction wine rice. •approved hiring summer liquor license for Revasser In other business, the board: interns for Secondary Roads, Winery, Ainsworth for Class C, • approved the fiscal 2018 for May 8 through mid-August: not B, from last week; fuel contract with Cobb Oil of Caleb Statler, new, $10 per hour; •received a county recycling Drug drop-off, event collects 24 pounds of pills Saturday update from Lynn Whaley of WEMIGA showing 37.81 tons of trash received in April, com- pared to 8.16 tons in March, an expected increased for spring. He said there were few times and very little oil, and the board discussed buying trash containers rather than renting them, a cost-saving move. Fur- ther information will be at a subsequent meeting; • approved the labor agree- ment with the sheriff's depu- ties, etc. Union #238; and • held a closed session to dis- cuss records mandated by the state or federal government to keep confidential ........ : Despite the gloomy weather problem with all medications." Saturday, April 29, the Pre- Opportunities, like the take scription Drug Take Back back day and the availability of Event held in Washington still the 24-hour drop box, to reduce managed to take in what could the amount of excess prescrip- be considered about average tions floating around the com- amount for the drive since it munity The impact the event started Seven years ago. can have is nothing but positive The drive, held in coopera- in the eyes of the department, tion with the Drug Enforce- but constant vigilance is still ment Agency, collected 24 necessary to keep excess drugs pounds of pills, both prescrip- out of the wrong hands. tion and over the counter, and "This obviously eliminated five pounds of liquid. In addi- the ability for kids, grandchil- tion to the take back events, a 24-hour box was installed at the dren, or others from walking Washington County Jail back away with medications not pre- in February. scribed to them,''• Weber said. The take-back program is "Both these options help pre- vent environmental hazards made possible due to the sup- and drug abuse," Sheriff Jared port of the DEA and the pro- Schneider said. gram could not exist without Though prescription drug their support, as they are the abuse is a growing issue, Depu- ones who have to come physi- ty Eric Weber cautioned it's not cally pick up the discarded just narcotic prescriptions that medication to be destroyed. are abused. "The community seems to "Prescription pill abuse be in favoi: of the program," has, and will likely always be Weber said. "Many individu- an ongoing problem. We don't als are not aware of what to do necessarily see one particular with extra medications, or old prescription medication be pills. This gives them an easy abused," Weber said. "Unfortu- opportunity to discard them. nately it is a wideSpread abuse They seem to appreciate that." 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