The Ottumwa Courier

January 28, 2014

Brighter days ahead

Courier editor

---- — OTTUMWA — Within the next several weeks, the outside of the Law Enforcement Center will seem much brighter.

On Tuesday, the Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved spending $19,402.14 for new LED lighting with Integrity Electric of Ottumwa.

Company President Alan Menninga indicated in a letter to the board the project would take two full days to complete and the entire project would be completed before March 31.

"Going with LED lighting will offer best cost savings to the county," said Wapello County Chief Deputy Don Phillips. "And … potentially save the county thousands in electric and maintenance work."

Part of the project involves removing the stains and dirt where old fixtures resided on the walls. In addition, some of the pole lights may need some fabrication to install the new light fixtures on the old poles. Menninga wrote, "We will do our best to match paint colors, painting if we need to."

County Board Chairman Jerry Parker credited the law enforcement officers for getting all the specs in order so local companies could bid on the project. Integrity Electric was the low bid on the project.

In other business, the board:

• Appointed Barry Flint to the Compensation Commission to fill a vacancy on the Bankers, Auctioneers, Property Managers and Loan Officers post.

• Authorized a resolution to allow county officers to destroy records in their possession for more than 10 years.

• Approved a liquor license for Rocket Fuels and Food Mart from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

• Approved the yearly contribution of $7,125 to the AHEAD regional housing trust fund.