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Lee County has received an unexpected windfall from a piece of property it neglected for years.

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The Lee County Board this week approved 3% salary hikes for County Auditor Denise Fraise, County Recorder Nancy Booten, County Sheriff Stacy Weber, and County Treasurer Chris Spann. The chief deputies in each office will receive a similar raise because their salaries are based on a percentage of what their boss is paid. 

The Lee County Board is listening to funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year from elected leaders and department heads. The requests from three departments could mean longer work-weeks for some of their employees.


Lee County Board Chairman Don Hunold is not seeking re-election this fall in District Three. Two men are vying to replace him, including Republican Jim Steffen of Argyle.

The Daily Democrat newspaper

Lee County Board Chairman Don Hunold is not seeking re-election this fall in District Three. Two men are vying to replace him, including Democrat Rich Harlow of Montrose.

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The Lee County Board will consider adding some new traffic signs around the Iowa Fertilizer Company plant near Wever. But the board is not willing to go any farther to address the company’s concerns about traffic safety.

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The members of the Lee County Board want to know why the county is not being reimbursed for all of its expenses related to construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. They say local tax dollars should not be spent in any way on the project.

Lee County is one step away from finalizing an increase of the local minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.20/hour. Lee would become the fifth county in Iowa to hike the rate in the past 18 months, joining Linn, Johnson, Polk, and Wapello.

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Lee County Attorney Mike Short submitted to the county his letter of resignation Tuesday morning. He said the time has come for him to retire.

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Duane Fitch has been trying to have a sit-down meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors for months, but it does not appear that will happen anytime soon. That's because Board Chairman Ron Fedler is not extending him an invitation.

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Questions are being raised about the legality of the Lee County Board’s vote to give money to Keokuk Area Hospital.

Lee County wants to make sure its residents are informed of new large-scale farming operations.

The Iowa DNR requires Lee County publish a public notice in a confinement with more than 2,500 hogs is being built within the county.

If a confinement has fewer than 2,500 hogs, the county simply accepts its Manure Management plan and takes no other action.

The Board of Supervisors is changing that process.

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the county will still accept the plan.