The Ottumwa Courier

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July 16, 2013

Board approves new jail administrator

OTTUMWA — Changes in Wapello County Jail administration and road work updates were the top items at the Wapello County Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

The board members said Wapello County Jail Administrator Jeremy Weller has decided to take employment in the private sector and is no longer at the county jail. Christopher Swope, the former assistant administrator, is now the jail administrator.

In other action, the supervisors said they needed to amend the budget because the secondary roads department needed more funding to finish some road projects.

Supervisor Jerry Parker said a bond issue is needed for road projects, which is typical this time of year. However, it's usually not this early and "there's a big amount," he added.

Wapello County Engineer Brian Moore said Rock Bluff Road should be open this week. He also noted the granite rock should provide five to six years of frequent use, and the driving surface will be about a half inch thick.

"We have three road projects going and need to approve expenditures," Moore said, adding that the county already has the money in the budget.

Those projects include Bluegrass Road, Competine Road and the Eldon-Floris Road. In March, the funding came in for the roads, and the board put those in the county budget.

The funds include $2.2 million for roads, and the rest of the bond money will go to Rock Bluff Road. After expenditures, Moore said the remainder is about $4.5 million in bonds, which will help pay for more work along Rock Bluff Road.

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