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With the change of leadership on the

Grant County Board of Supervisors,

there are minor changes in who will

serve on key, county government

committees.

Some of the changes are on the

Administrative Committee.

New County Board Chair Bob Keeney

is now the chairperson of that

committee. Returning to the

Administrative Committee are

Supervisors John Patcle of Potosi,

Mark Stead of Platteville, Larry Wolf

of Lancaster, and Bob Scallon of

Boscobel. Newly elected to the

committee are Supervisors Dale Hood

of Platteville and Roger Guthrie

of Bagley.

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Elected by the county board to serve

on the County Social Services Board

are Supervisors Don Splinter of Hazel Green

and Dwight Nelson of Platteville.

Both were on the board to start the year.

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Reelected to the Grant County Highway

Committee are Patcle, Splinter, and Stead

along with Supervisors Grant Loy of

Stitzer and Vern Lewison of Fennimore.

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Reelected to the Ag, Extension Education

and Fair Committee are Patcle, Stead,

Gutherie and Loy, along with Supervisor

Pat Schroeder of rural Lancaster. Newly

elected to the Ag, Extension Education

and Fair Committee is first-time supervisor

Dan Timmerman.

A woman from Boscobel who was

accused of selling morphine pills

without a prescription, has been

sentenced in U-S District Court.

Sixty-three-year-old (63)

Mary Grant has been sentenced

by U-S District Judge Lynn Adelman

to six-months of home confinement,

two-years probation, and 20-hours

of community service. That’s despite

a recommended sentencing range

under Federal sentencing guidelines

on the morphine distribution

conviction, of 18-to-24-months

in prison. Grant had plead guilty

to the charge in January.

The Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug

Task Force did an investigation

into the sale of morphine in the

Boscobel area last March.

Authorities say three times

Grant sold nine morphine pills

to a confidential informant who

was working with the task force.

The task force also says Grant

had sold morphine to other

persons in the Boscobel area

between August 2011 and March

of last year.

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The investigation was done by

the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug

Task Force, the Division of

Criminal Investigation, and

the Boscobel Police Department.

The Platteville School Board has

approved raises for contracted and

support staff in the district for

next school year.

Salaries for staff members under

contract will increase by at least

$1,100, to a maximum increase of

$2,850. The pay raise is about a

2% increase to the district’s base

salary, with starting wages at just

under $40,000 a year for contracted

staff. Non-contract support staff

in the Platteville School District will

get a 50-cent per hour pay increase.

That takes support staff pay to a

range of $14.43 to $18.34 per hour.

The Lancaster Common Council has

a new Council President. Alderperson

At-Large Dennis Morgan has been

elected to the post. Second District

Alderperson Bob Schmidt had been

Council President for the past

two years. He had also served as

council president from 2003 to

2010.

Elected as the common council

member on the Park and Recreation

Committee is Shayne LaBudda,

while Fourth District Alderperson

Dave Varnum has been elected

to be the council member on the

Plan Commission. Varnum’s name

was drawn from a hat after three

tie votes between he and LaBudda.

Also, First District Alderperson

Chad Olmstead has been elected

as the council rep on the Golf

Course Committee.

Finally, the new city attorney

is David Helmke. Helmke works

for the law firm of McNamara,

Reinicke, Vogelsberg, and Helmke

in Lancaster. A contract for his

services will be discussed by the

common council at its’ meeting

on Monday.

The Grant County Supervisor who

was the only person to vote

against renovation work to the

county courthouse, feels the

county should have looked at

other options.

District-8 Supervisor Pat Schroeder

of rural Lancaster.

 

Schroeder said at Tuesday’s

county board meeting, that

the county should be able to

take the design proposals

from InSite Consulting

Architects to other architects.

The county could then see if

they agree or disagree with

the recommended plans for

repairing the courthouse.

The county board has approved

a $2-million project.

The historic Grant County Courthouse in

downtown Lancaster will be getting some

renovation work this year. The Grant

County Board of Supervisors has approved

three motions so the project can get started

this Spring. All three were approved on a

vote of 16-1, with District-8 Supervisor

Pat Schroeder of rural Lancaster being the

only “no” vote each time.

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The first motion approves a bid of just over

$2-million for the project made by the firm

of Bulley and Andrews of Chicago. The work

involves repairing the brick exterior, tuck-

pointing the bricks, water proofing the lower

level of the building, removing the sidewalks,

and redoing the windows of the courthouse.

The goal is to stop deterioration that’s happening

on the inside of the building.

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The second motion passed by the board,

allows the county to borrow up to $2-million

from a local bank at less than 1% interest.

The loan would be for up to three-years.

The county had first considered cashing in

certificates of deposit to pay for the project.

But a local bank has offered a loan for the

project at an interest rate lower than what

the county is getting on its’ certificates

of deposit.

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The final motion approves paying for

construction oversight costs with money

from the outside maintenance fund for

the courthouse and administration

building. The account has a balance

of over $200,000 that was carried over

from last year. The motion calls for

just over $170,000 from the fund to be

used to pay Insite Consulting Architects.

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The Grant County Courthouse was built

in 1902. It was added to National Register

of Historic Places in 1978.

The Grant County Board of Supervisors

has a new chairperson.

The county board has elected District-4

Supervisor Bob Keeney of Mount Hope

to the position, on a 10-7 vote over

District-9 Supervisor Larry Wolf of

Lancaster. Wolf had been serving as

the county board chair for the past

two years.

 

 

As County Board Chairman,

Keeney will be paid just over

$46,000 per year.

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Elected vice-chair is District-6

Supervisor John Patcle of Potosi on

a vote of 9-8 over District-15 Supervisor

John Beinborn of Cuba City.

Also, District-10 Supervisor Mark Stead

of Platteville is reelected as the 2nd

vice-chair on a vote of 9-8, over

District-11 Supervisor Dale Hood of

Platteville.

A woman from Fennimore who’s been

convicted of having heroin while she

was being held in the Grant County

Jail could face two additional trials

on heroin charges. A status conference

has been scheduled for May 7th for

Tina Smith, on a charge of first-degree

reckless homicide. It’s in connection

with the heroin overdose death of

Bradley Millin last August. After a

status conference last week, Smith

is also scheduled for a pre-trial

conference on May 29th. It’s on

the charge of manufacture and

delivery of heroin. Possible jury

selection and jury trial are set

for the May 29th or 30th. In that

case, Smith is accused of providing

heroin to an inmate at the county

jail in an Icy Hot bottle.

Smith is currently serving an

18-month prison sentence at

the Taycheedah Correctional

Institution. It’s on the conviction

for possession of heroin.

 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department

will again be participating in the National

Drug Take Back Day, later this month.

It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 26th.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department

will have a deputy at six different communities.

That includes the Public Library in

Bloomington, and the Village Halls in

Montfort, Dickeyville, Hazel Green,

Cassville and Blue River. You can drop-off

your old prescription drugs from 10:00 am

until 2:00 pm. Get rid of your expired,

unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

No syringes will be accepted. The service

is free and anonymous, no questions

will be asked. Local law enforcement is

partnering with the Federal Drug

Enforcement Administration in holding

the prescription drug take back day

on April 26th.

The first Loras College poll of the

upcoming G O P Primary for U-S

Senate in Iowa shows a tight race

between the two front runners.

The poll shows 18.8% of those

polled would vote for former

Reliant Energy C E O Mark Jacobs,

while 18.1% say they would vote

for Joni Ernst, the former

Montgomery County Auditor.

Morningside College Professor

Sam Clovis was third, with 7.3%

of those responding say they

would vote for him.

Matt Whitaker has 4%, while

Scott Shaben was backed by

just 3.5%. Forty-six-and-a-half

percent of those polled were

undecided. The inaugural

Loras College Poll survey 600

likely Iowa G O P primary

voters. They have a 4% margin

of error.

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The survey was conducted

April 7th through the 8th using

telephone interviews, including

landlines and cell phones.

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Bruce Braley is the only Democrat

running the U-S Senate seat.

It’s being vacated through the

retirement of long-time

U-S Senator Tom Harkin.

The primary is June 3rd.