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Sheriff Kucera is forming new reserve deputy force

September 2, 2011
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent
TAMA NEWS-HERALD- Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera told the Tama County Board of Supervisors Monday he is establishing a force of reserve officers for the Sheriff’s Department. His goal is for six reserves.

All members of the reserve force will be certified officers whom have earned certification through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Four officers including Brian Randall, Lee Posusta, Danny Quigley and Jody Droigk have joined the reserve force so far.

Kucera also said he had received the Law Enforcement Agreement from the City of Clutier with Tama County Sheriff’s Office. It had earlier been reported lost in the Clutier City Hall which was destroyed during the derecho wind storm on July 11.

Bob Etzel, executive director of the Tama County Conservation Board, reported expenses for development and maintenance at Otter Creek Lake and Park.

Included is 13.5 acres Leopold Mix #1 at $425 an acre, a total of $5738 and 31.5 acres Fifteen Forb Mix at $159 acre, total of $5008.50. This is all a prairie grass mix.

Also included was to Benda Ag Service for spraying Parcel C (Hansen Addition) at $332 and Tama SWCD for drilling prairie seed on Parcel C & D of the Hansen Addition. This work totaled $12,601.

Etzel asked for the transfer of funds from Tama County Economic Development which handles the Great Places Grant, to the Conservation Departments Land Acquisition and Development Account.

The reimbursement check should be in the amount of $12,163.

Etzel also reported the Nature Center roof had been repaired and many trees have been cleaned up and other clean up work completed. The damage was also the result of the derecho straight-line wind storm which hit much of Tama County with sustained winds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour.

Etzel said he was getting estimates on the damage to the inside of the Nature Center.

Much of the drywall was damaged by water coming through the roof damage. It was estimated that over $60,000 has been spent for debris removal and it is hoped FEMA will cover at least 85 percent of this loss. Insurance coverage is also expected to play a role.

Also before the supervisors:

•Brad Fisher, Indian Village Township resident, asked why a hard surfaced road could not be implemented from the quarry to the main road. Fisher said they had sprayed calcium chloride on his road and lawn, and has concerns when hundreds of trucks per day travel this area. Supervisors said they could not do the hard surfacing due to the lack of funds, but the big problem would end when the bridge over the Iowa River is completed.

•Tammy Wise and Todd Rickerts from the Central Point of Coordination office were present for approval of contracts and to withdraw from the 24-hour on-call agreement.

•supervisors voted to terminate the county home crop ground and pasture leases. Notice will be sent to the present renters.

•next weeks meeting will be postponed until Tuesday morning, due to Labor Day falling on the regular meeting date of Monday.

•the second public reading to change wording in Ordinance IV.5 Uniform Rural Address System of Tama County was approved. The final reading will be next Tuesday.

•claims paid for the past week totaled $103,600.

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Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera



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