Lee County is looking into whether a construction project is damaging county roads.
Crews are working to raise the levee surrounding the Green Bay Drainage District.
Several residents told the Lee County Board of Supervisors, during this week’s meeting, that some gravel roads are being severely damaged by the heavy equipment needed for the project.
They say the contractor is using a shortcut instead of utilizing off-road opportunities.
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.
Lee County must wait a little longer to put its proposed budget for next year on display.
The Board of Supervisors was ready to set a public hearing on the roughly $26-million spending for Tuesday, Feb. 21.
That plan changed, though, after the county received an email from the state that said its proposed property tax rate must be changed.
CPC Administrator Ryanne Wood says Lee County brings in tax revenue to help pay for day-to-day services for those with mental health or other developmental disabilities.
Lee County’s public libraries are looking for a funding increase from the county.
There is not a single library that serves rural residents.
Instead, they can visit one of the five libraries located in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Montrose, Donnellson, and West Point.
Keokuk Library Director Emily Rohlfs says that allows more rural Lee County residents to take advantage of the facilities.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of items borrowed, the number of patrons we have, and the number of people who are coming to library programs.”
Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says he will run to stay in the office he has held for the last 16 months.
He was serving as Chief Deputy in late 2010 when he was appointed to replace Sheriff Buck Jones, who was retiring.
Sholl has been with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for more than 24 years.
He says he intends to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Lee County with commitment, dedication, and loyalty.
Sholl graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1988.