Lee County will provide money for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison. The decision comes after the Board of Supervisors spent weeks rejecting requests for funding.
The Vision Iowa Board has said that Fort Madison’s request for more than $800,000 will not be considered without a $25,000 contribution from the county. The program requires city, county, and public support for a project.
Lee County will receive some outside help in its efforts to land a new industry.
The Board of Supervisors has agreed to hire attorney Bob Josten to negotiate with Iowa Fertilizer Company on behalf of the county. Josten is with Dorsey & Whitney, a Des Moines-based law firm the county uses when it borrows money.
Iowa Fertilizer Company is considering a 300-acre site near Wever for a $1.3-billion dollar fertilizer plant.
Des Moines County is being asked to borrow $450,000 on behalf of the county’s E-911 Board.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Broeker says the agency still owes money to a local bank for some computer equipment purchased years ago.
Broeker says a recent state audit revealed that Des Moines County’s E-911 Board should not be carrying any debt. He says that means the agency cannot renew the loan, which must take place within the next few months.