Supervisors look at redistricting, stress management and watershed

Benton County Service Center

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – The Benton County Board of Supervisors talked about stress management, watersheds and redistricting at their Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, meeting at the Benton County Service Center in Vinton.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) officials explained their services to the supervisors. They are a county-wide organization that started in 2017. They help those who respond to emergencies and traumatic events in Benton County. They are looking for space at the service center for interventions, which provides confidentiality. They discussed using the conference room.

Jennifer Fencl of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments explained change orders for Watershed Management Authority. One is for the Vinton wetland project and different type of seed for seeding. The change order adds $5,055. It was approved by the board. Two other change orders were also approved.

The board talked about the proposed redistricting for the supervisors, and how the new districts are numbered. They used numbers from the new census. The redistricting commission worked to keep the districts equal in population, while maintaining the township boundaries for the precincts. Supervisor chairman Tracy Seeman’s district will be in a different district, according to the proposed plan. Supervisor Richard Primmer’s district would also be affected. The committee will meet Jan 3, 2021, at 8 a.m. at the service center conference room to adopt the new plan.

They also reported on budget requests for next fiscal year.

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