DES MOINES - A delegation from Cherokee County went to Des Moines on Tuesday to met with state legislators and department heads. The delegation was a mixture of Cherokee County elected officials, City officials from Cherokee and surrounding communities, and interested citizens of Cherokee County.
The group left Cherokee around 7 a.m. and arrived at the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Their first scheduled meeting was with Brian Tormey, Chief of Energy and Waste Management Bureau, on the fifth floor of the Wallace Building.
The group updated Tormey on the progress of the fuel plant being built next to the landfill. They also talked about trying to get incentive for an oil filter recycling bill. As of now the state has no laws on the books to address this issue. Cherokee County has an oil filter recycling plant in town, leading the way on the responsibility for waste.
Shortly after that, the delegation met with Kevin Concannon, the Director of the Department of Human Services at the Hoover Building. The topic of conversation was how to utilize the assets of the Cherokee Mental Heath Institution.
Next on the agenda was a discussion with House Minority Leader, Chistopher Rants, a Sioux City Republican, at 11:30 a.m. in his office. On the agenda was to see how the U.S. Hwy. 20 project is coming along and the topic of eminent domain was discussed, with a general consensus of a this being an issue to keep a eye on.
After a short break for lunch the afternoon meetings began with various legislators and department heads that stop in to speak to the group and have an open discussion about areas of importance to Cherokee County.
At 1:30 p.m. Nancy Richardson, Director of Transportation, met with the group to also get a update on the four-laning highway project of U.S. Hwy. 20.
The group also met with State Senator Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg, and Representative Dan Huseman of Aurelia, who listened to the groups ideas and recommendations of what Cherokee County has to offer the state.