County receives lithograph of constitution

Posted May 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Board of Supervisors

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PHOTO: A framed lithograph of the U.S. Constitution was received at the Jones County Courthouse during the board of supervisors meeting April 23. Posing with the print are, first row from left: board members Wayne Manternach, Joe Oswald, Keith Dirks, Ned Rohwedder and Joe Cruise. Second row: Tom Welch of AMVETS, Bill Goodman of the American Legion, VFW commander Becky DirksHaugsted, Jim Caswell of AMVETS, and Gary Stephenson, who donated the lithograph. (Photo by Pete Temple)


By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Jones County has become the latest to receive a framed lithograph of the U.S. Constitution from Gary Stephenson of Fort Dodge.

Stephenson presented the print to the Jones County Board of Supervisors during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, April 23.

He plans to provide a print to each of the 100 county courthouses in Iowa (there are two in Lee County in southeast Iowa). So far, he and his father have donated prints to 87 courthouses.

“I’d like to thank the board for allowing me to proceed with this project,” Stephenson said. “I’m doing this for two reasons. To honor the veterans – it’s a debt we can never repay – and also as a reminder that the constitution is the bedrock of our great country.”

Also presenting the print were representatives of American Legion Post 13, AMVETS Post 110, and VFW Post 4077.

Printed in 1934, the lithograph was discovered in Chicago in 1987. Several Anamosa-area businesses sponsored the print and are recognized on the frame.

Also in the meeting, the board held a public hearing and discussed the construction permit application for a 2,480-head swine confinement for Travis Hansen in Section 20 of Madison Township.

Michele Lubben, deputy auditor, presented information about the confinement to the board.

Board president Keith Dirks acknowledged that its role in the approval is small: simply to make a recommendation, one way or another to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Board members Joe Cruise and Ned Rohwedder met with DNR representatives at the site April 24. Also, the board couldn’t give its recommendation until the master matrix for a construction permit was completed.

Because of that, the board called a special meeting April 25 to review the master matrix results. At that meeting, they approved making a recommendation to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding the construction permit application.

“I think this is a good facility in an appropriate place,” Dirks said at the Tuesday meeting. “I hope it gets the nod of approval.”

In other action, the board:

• approved the hiring of Thomas Hefflefinger to open the MMII position out of the Morley shop. He will begin work May 1.