The Ottumwa Courier

December 5, 2013

Old tower agreement terminated

By Wanda Moeller
Courier editor

---- — OTTUMWA — On top of the old St. Joseph's Hospital in Ottumwa is a 70-foot antenna once used for radio communications in Wapello County.

Thursday afternoon, the Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved terminating a lease agreement with Ottumwa Regional Health Center, allowing the antenna to be destroyed when the old medical facility is demolished.

Sheriff Mark Miller told supervisors since the new E911 tower is up and running, the county no longer has anything in operation at the Alta Vista Avenue site, the location of the old St. Joseph's hospital. The cost to remove the tower, he indicated, would exceed the cost of what the old antenna would be worth.

Miller told supervisors he would draft a letter to OHRC thanking them for its assistance to the citizens of Wapello County as well as inform them of the termination agreement.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the final design for the bridge over Village Creek, located in Keokuk Township, with Calhoun Burns. The new bridge and approach is expected to cost Wapello County $500,000 to construct.

• Approved changing Kari Short's position in the county attorney's office from Clerk II to Clerk III. Currently she is paid $13.72 per hour. Her pay will be boosted to $14.90 per hour.

• Approved hiring Aaron McConnell as temporary full-time Wapello County deputy sheriff. His starting salary will be $20.07 per hour. He replaces a deputy that was assigned to the Drug Task Force.

• Discussed revising the dental contract with River Hills Community Health Center; however, no action was taken.