The Ottumwa Courier

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June 25, 2013

County to help with RAGBRAI

OTTUMWA — RAGBRAI will not roll through Wapello County this year, but at least one county department has been asked to attend RAGBRAI.

Chief Deputy Don Phillips of the Wapello County Sheriff's Office told county supervisors Tuesday that the Oskaloosa Police Department has requested assistance during the event.

And in the spirit of "mutual aid," they'd like to be able to help out.

"When we've had [events], they've helped us," said Phillips. "We want to return the favor."

Supervisor Steve Siegel said, "It's only a five-day agreement ... we will send people to Osky to assist with crowd control."

Rather than just commit to the dates in a phone call, the board unanimously approved an official 28E agreement between Wapello County and the city of Oskaloosa.

"The Register [RAGBRAI committee] likes to have all its T's crossed and I's dotted," Supervisor Greg Kenning explained.

Siegel said he wouldn't be surprised if similar requests come in from other communities in the area.

The board also approved the Iowa Department of Human Services contract that helps children receive mental health services. Essentially, DHS does case management for children, including those who are not eligible for Medicaid.

Siegel said case management is designed to help each individual find appropriate services. The service will be provided through DHS but most likely through a subcontractor, he said.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark.

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