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May 9, 2013

County to apply for grant to improve North Shore Trail

The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Monday morning in regular session reappointed Arnold Pilkenton to Commission of Veterans Affairs with his term expiring June 30, 2016.

The board approved Appanoose County sponsoring a Regional Enhancement Program grant application for Appanoose County Trails, Inc. for the purchase of stone for placement on the Rathbun Lake North Shore Trail and for three informational kiosks for installation at trailheads.

As an informational item, the Appanoose County Conservation Board hired Ron Hamlin at $13 per hour for an average of 20 hours per week as park technician.

The board will hold a budget amendment hearing May 20 at 9:15 a.m.

The board abated $6,778 in taxes, interest and cost from the county system and the county DOT Motor Vehicle system.

The board set four public hearings for 9:30 a.m. May 20 in the Appanoose County Courthouse to consider the sale of Geo Elgin's Jr, 1st, Lot 34; Geo Elgin's Jr. 1st, E 1/2 Lot 26; Geo Elgin's Jr 1st, W 1/2 Lot 26; and Geo Elgin's 1st, Lot 27, all located in Mystic.

The county decided the land was no longer needed for the purpose for which it was acquired and it is in the best interest of the county that said property be sold.

Following the public hearing an auction will be held in which the property will be sold to the highest bidder with the county reserving the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

The board tabled the discussion regarding B&L Technology towers on leased land.

The board approved a resolution to hold a hearing at 9:45 a.m. May 20 in the boardroom on the proposed transfer of land ownership from Appanoose County and Appanoose County Conservation Board to Appanoose Conservation Foundation. ACCB is the legal titleholder of the parcel of land in Sharon Township of approximately .711 acres.

ACF is a non-profit corporation organized to solicit and accept gifts for the development and enhancement of environmental education and conservation projects within Appanoose County.

The board approved a local disaster declaration to apply for FEMA funding of approximately $316,546.

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