KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow has asked the board of supervisors for some extra money in the upcoming budget to cover needed expenses.
Tedrow said his budget has increased over the years, “but the increase was mainly for wages and benefits. The working budget hasn’t gone up much.”
He said he’s had to trim other areas of his budget.
“Training budget got hit,” Tedrow said.
Tedrow noted that the current jail and sheriff’s office, built in 1992, is starting to require extra expenses to replace some things such as the air conditioner.
Also, the problem with the buzzards on the tower adjacent to the sheriff’s office has created an unsanitary condition with the exercise pen for inmates, which is beneath the tower. He said the county would probably have to put a roof over it and enclose it. Last year, the sheriff’s office tried loud noises to deter them, but the methods cost money and will have to continue to be done from time to time.
Another issue that needs attention is an upgrade on computers.
“The last time we upgraded was in 2008,” Tedrow said. To upgrade to Windows 7 would cost $9,600, he estimated. The state is requiring a paperless system for criminal records, and that affects his office.
“We’re getting hit on all sides,” Tedrow said. “I just ask you to see if you can dig deep and send something my way. If you can, I would appreciate it.”
County Engineer David Barrett updated the board on various road projects including rock report, snow removal budget to date, bridge/farm to market funding, Dooley mine reclamation plans and proposed easement, shop expansion, V64 asphalt paving project and a five-year construction plan review.
Barrett said little has been done on the shop expansion because of the weather. An electrical box was moved.