At the Sept. 11 Henry County board meeting, Marshall Jones of Kewanee was approved and sworn in to replace Jason DeSplinter of Annawan, District 3 who resigned last month.
Jones has been a resident of Henry County since 1984. He retired in Nov. 2008 after 35 years with Verizon Communications. He is president of the Kewanee Area United Way, is a board member of Kewanee Rotary and the Kewanee Salvation Army, and is a volunteer with Junior Achievement.
Diana Schreck, also of Kewanee, is the newest member of the Ethic Committee.
On a vote of 23-0 Jim Kursock was appointed as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. In addition, Kursock was appointed to the Executive Committee, the Henry County Local Emergency Planning Commission, and the Henry County Emergency Telephone System Board. All appointments will run from Sept. 11, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2012.
In other business:
• The board learned that payments due for June, July and August totaling $335,273 are owed to Hillcrest Home. The total cost of the renovation project at Hillcrest was $1,000,000. slightly over budget due to unanticipated cosmetic improvements, safety and security needs. A public open house is set for 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 20.
• The board voted 23-0 to approve placing an honorary sign for the late Sgt. Michael W. Leif on County Highway 7. Sgt. Leif was killed in the Vietnam War in Dec. 1969.
• Transportation Committee Chairman Rick Livesay reported the receipt of the ICC Stipulated Agreement for the replacement of the Galva Road District railroad bridge. Total cost of the project is approximately $1,500,000. Henry County and Galva Road District will be responsible for $50,000 each. An engineering firm will be hired, at a cost of $100,000 which is included in the total cost of the project.
• Jeremy Peart of Kewanee has been hired as a Highway Maintainer I.
• On a vote of 23-0 the board approved an increase of the Geographic Information System (GIS) fee from $16 to $26.
• The board learned the average monthly total of inmates was 108, with 30 being from out-of-county.