Jones Co. formalizes mental health region

Posted March 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Board of Supervisors

By Kim Brooks, Express Editor

At the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 5, the Board passed a resolution outlining their intent to form a mental health and disability service region.

It’s been almost a year since Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Legislature passed SF2315, redesigning mental health services. SF2315 expresses the state’s intent to regionalize mental health services. Counties across Iowa have come together to form various regions.

The Jones County Supervisors approved an informal letter of intent to form a region with the following counties: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson and Linn. The Board also appointed Supervisor Wayne Manternach to serve as delegate throughout regional planning; Supervisor Ned Rohwedder was appointed as an alternate.

SF2315 requires mental health regions to approve and sign a formal letter to DHS no later than April 1, 2013, stating each county’s intent and naming delegates to the region.

In other county business:

The Board approved a request to carry out a contract with an energy rater for the Advancement Services of Jones County facility project. The Board approved a contract with Preferred Energy Consultants, Inc. in Anamosa.

The intent is to make sure the new facility complies with Iowa’s Green Streets energy program. According to the Iowa Economic Development website, “The Iowa Green Streets Criteria promote public health, energy efficiency, water conservation, smart locations, operational savings and sustainable building practices.”

County Auditor Janine Sulzner said because the project is using federal dollars, this energy rater is required.

The cost is about $3,000. The county will be reimbursed from a grant to help cover the costs.

Horsfield Construction was awarded the X-28 overlay project in the amount of $877,924.

County Treasurer Amy Picray presented the quarterly investment report to the Supervisors.

Total money market funds (MMF) as of December 31, 2012, are at $4,894,766.58. Total CD, MMF and checking accounts for the county are at $5,696,532.52. The county’s total assets are at $8,249,608.53.

The average interest rate on the county’s checking and MMF is 38 percent, down from 54 percent in December 2011. Jones County has received $39,774.87 in interest, down from $51,620.03 in December 2011.