Tri States Public Radio Staff
Broadband Access Expansion?
Sun February 12, 2012
Lee County Looks At Recycling
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.
That could allow the community bins to remain in Donnellson and other cities, even if curbside pick-up is adopted.
Hamm says another option is for the county to develop a rural curbside program.
The Board of Supervisors appears open to the idea of expanding recycling opportunities though money could dictate future discussions.
Lee County has an opportunity to expand rural broadband services.
The county owns and operates a roughly 300’tower near Hilton Road.
The structure is used for communications by law enforcement agencies and first responders from throughout the county.
Allan Knisley with Midwest Broadband LLC has asked the Board of Supervisors for permission to add equipment to the tower.
Board Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the supervisors are open to the ideabecause of the need for high speed internet for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
She says it must first be determined if there is room on the tower for the internet equipment.
The possibility of frequency interference must also be considered.
Lee County has signed off on a new contract with the five city-based public libraries.
The agreement was last updated in 1978.
The new contract bases county funding on Iowa Code.
It also allows the advisory board for the five libraries to distribute the money.
Lee County has finalized a plan to add security cameras to one of its buildings.
The county will pay ADT roughly $7,000to install eight cameras and a recording system at the South Lee County Courthouse. There will be an additional fee of $45/month.
The county’s maintenance staff says the cameras will be installed as soon as possible.
The effectiveness of the system will determine whether it is expanded to other buildings.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors would like to see a destination sign added to the Highway 61 bypass around Fort Madison for one of its unincorporated communities.
The county has sent a letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation to add a sign for Denmark to the X32 interchange.
The interchange already offers signs for Fort Madison, Rodeo Park, and the airport.