DNR branch to meet at Oakland Mills, wants public input

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Oakland Mills? Nature Center will be hosting some guests next week, Henry County Conservation Director John Pullis told conservation board members Monday during the board?s regular monthly meeting.

The Environmental Protection Commission, a branch of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be having its monthly meeting at the center on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.

Pullis said the commission largely deals with agriculture issues and is hoping for some public participation at the meeting.

Requests to speak during the public participation portion of the meeting must be submitted to, or 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Requests may also be made by calling Sheets at 515-313-8909, or in person at the beginning of the meeting.

Turning the page to the conservation board?s agenda, Pullis said he would like a new security system to service department offices and the Nature Center. He said the current system is about 15 years old and has seen better days.

The director said he favors getting security cameras. ?We?re talking about $500-$600 for cameras,? he said. ?I?m not big into alarms because you have to be here to hear them.?

Board member George Jacques said he favors having both systems. ?I think both would be best,? Jacques said. ?I like the cameras but still think we should have an alarm system.?

The board advised Pullis to research the matter further and make a recommendation at the group?s December meeting.

Pullis, in ongoing project updates, said he still is waiting for plans from Warner Engineering Associates Inc. of Mt. Pleasant on improvements to Waterworks Park. ?I stopped in there recently and told them my board was disgruntled, and they said they would either have it finished or close to finished by our next meeting.?

Construction on the two new cabins, approved by the board last month, is progressing well, he told the board. ?The first basement has walls up and they are planning to pour the basement for the second cabin this week. If the weather cooperates, we will keep pecking away at it.?

He said he has ?roughed in? some of the plumbing and has learned that handicap accessible furnishings are expensive. He said the shower will cost around $2,400.

Conservation board members meet again Monday, Dec. 11, at the department?s offices at Oakland Mills.