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July 11, 2011

Board of supervisors give $25,000 for economic development in Moulton

The $25,000 the Moulton Economic Development Association will receive from Appanoose County will go to a company based in North Dakota so they can build a call center in Moulton.

CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved a $25,000 contribution from the county's LOSST fund to the Moulton Economic Development Association.

MEDA, as part of an agreement, will give the money to Midwest Teleservices International Inc. to help them finance a planned call center in Moulton, Linda Demry, Appanoose County auditor, said Friday.

According to Midwest Teleservices International Inc. website, www.mtind.com, MTI is a leading provider of contact center solutions.They are based in Mohall, N.D.

In other action, the board voted 3-0 to approve a resolution for construction contracts for four Federal Highway Administration emergency repair projects totaling approximately $460,000.

Gary Bishop, Appanoose County engineer, said the federal government will pay 80 percent and the county 20 percent out of their farm to market fund.

Bishop said the projects are:

• North of Unionville on T61 to fix soil erosion sliding onto the pavement due to 2010 flooding.

• East of Soap Creek on J3T to fix a box culvert outlet that has extreme erosion issues.

• The road next to the Chariton River from Highway 2 going north to T4J to Udell to fix soil eroding into the river. Part of the road bank has slid into the river, Bishop said.

• Near the north edge of Plano on S70 to repair outlet erosion for a concrete box culvert.

The board voted 2-1 to approve county department appropriations at 90 percent for the current fiscal year, but exempted miscellaneous, 28E agreements and contract services, so those departments will receive 100 percent appropriations.

Chairman Dean Kaster cast the no vote because he wanted all department appropriations at 100 percent, Demry said.

The board approved county employee salary certifications for fiscal year 2012 by a 3-0 vote.

The board appointed Ron Burger to the Veteran's Affairs Commission by a 3-0 vote.

Claudia Hollatz presented a letter of resignation to the  Conservation Board effective June 1, 2011.

The board approved 3-0 a mental health contract with the Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames.

The board approved the bills with the exception of Mental Health's US Cellular bill of $375.24. Board members felt some of the charges were not appropriate.

Demry said the bill would be paid, probably next month, but how much the county pays has yet to be determined.

The board approved the first reading and waived the second and third readings of a zoning ordinance map amendment changing agricultural land to commercial land in Taylor Township owned by Rathbun Rural Water. Demry said it is where they plan to construct a water tower.

The board approved the final plat for Phase IX of The Coves of Sundown Lake after holding a public hearing.

And the board voted to forward to a consortium of southeast Iowa counties a letter of request from the Centerville Community Betterment, Inc. asking that they be exempt from CRIS reporting requirements.

The board approved a fireworks permit for Centerville Assembly of God and liquor permits for Pale Moon Supper Club and K.C.'s Landing.

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