"We want to partner with Wapello County and provide these services at a reduced rate," River Hills CEO Rick Johnson told the supervisors. "It's a whole new agreement, and it's a good partnership."
While an official contract was never in place, River Hills had accepted referrals from the county, but as more and more are being referred from the jail, CPC and GA, an agreement needed to be secured with a bill.
The supervisors also approved a $1,000 donation to the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation for its next broadband initiative.
The board was approached by David Barajas about helping reach a goal of $6,000 to send people to Steuben County, Ind., to see what has been done with the community fiber optic data network project there.
Five other groups have already pledged $1,000: Indian Hills Community College, John Deere, the city of Ottumwa, Ottumwa Regional Health Center and Cargill.
"This is a critical part of economic development in Ottumwa," Kenning said. "The establishment of broadband is just as important as any managerial setup a city and county can have."