The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

May 7, 2013

Election to replace county recorder set

OTTUMWA — Wapello County is in search of recorder since current Wapello County Recorder Joyce Hass announced her resignation several days ago. And the decision as to who should take her place will be up to voters.

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors agreed to have local Democractic and Republican parties nominate a candidate by convention. Or residents can get on the ballot by petition.

"I think the public should get to vote," said Supervisor Jerry Parker during Tuesday's board meeting. "That's my preference. I think we should have an election."

Supervisor Greg Kenning said that's the "most democratic" way.

Parker noted he had talked to Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon, who had suggested the first week of August.

But Pam Norton, who works in Spurgeon's office and is one of the auditor's county elections deputies, suggested two dates — June 11 and July 9.

Siegel said each party will nominate by convention and get on the ballot by petition.

In the end, the supervisors agreed on a date, and county residents will go to the polls on July 9.

In other business, the supervisors discussed a letter of request to the Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Services. The letter was addressed to Iowa NRCS for Emergency Watershed Protection.

Wapello County Engineer Brian Moore said Lori Altheide is an NRCS employee who often helps Wapello County find funding for flooding problems. Moore told the supervisors that he was glad for help from Altheide. He said the money can't be used for something that's already there.

"It's more for mitigation of future problems," he said.

However, some bridges do need help and Wapello County has more than one of those. Moore has targeted one of those and he will apply for more funding.

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