WAPELLO — A decrease in Oakville’s population following a devastating flood in 2008 will mean a reduced payment in its law enforcement contract with the Louisa County Sheriff’s office.
The Louisa County Board of Supervisors approved a revised contract with the city during its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday reducing the contract’s annual payment from $12,285 to $5,408.
Morning Sun, Letts, Grandview and Oakville have contracted with the LCSO for their law enforcement coverage for the past several years, but in Fiscal Year 2022, the city of Fredonia decided to also seek its coverage through the county.
Previously, Fredonia has contracted with the city of Columbus Junction for its coverage and when the switch was made, the supervisors set Fredonia’s rate on a per capita basis.
Questions quickly developed over the per capita rates for the other communities, and the supervisors soon agreed Oakville’s previous annual payment needed to be reduced because of its population drop.
According to online data, Oakville had an estimated 2008 population of about 410, but a 2021 estimate of about 187.
The new rate went into effect on July 1, 2021.
Other actions the Louisa County Board of Supervisors took
In other action during the brief one-hour meeting, the supervisors also met with county engineer Adam Shutt for his weekly department update.
Shutt said work was continuing on the Louisa County Road W66 bridge, with possibly some paving possible by the end of the week. He indicated the bridge construction could possibly be completed in a couple of weeks.
Shutt also reported foundation work on the Columbus Junction Salt shed had started.
The board also approved a fireworks permit for Carl Luttrull, approved claims totaling $463,669 and approved the auditor’s quarterly report.
In final action, supervisor Brad Quigley, who served as the meeting chair because of the absence of supervisor Randy Griffin, said several of the counties that compose the Mississippi Valley Work Force appeared in favor of hiring a grant writer.
Quigley had reported on that possibility at last week’s meeting. During that report, he had explained the regional workforce consortium had identified the position as a key to draw more workers to the area.
He repeated that point during Tuesday’s meeting, explaining the grant writer could focus on affordable housing and other issues that would attract a larger number of works.
The supervisors from several of the eight counties that comprise the MVWF had indicated support for the position, Quigley said.
“We need to be pro-active,” he explained about the need for the grant writer.