WAPELLO — Law enforcement renewal contracts with four Louisa County communities were approved Tuesday by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors. Chairman Randy Griffin said the cost of the Fiscal Year 2019 contracts with Oakville, Morning Sun, Grandview and Letts would remain at the same level as the current year.

According to Griffin, the Morning Sun contract will be renewed for $25,622; Grandview, $17,629; Oakville, $12,285; and Letts, $11,518.

In addition to approving the law enforcement renewals, the supervisors also approved FY19 renewals for the county’s three ambulance services. Griffin said the ambulance contract renewals for the three also did not include any cost change from the current year.

He said the Louisa Ambulance Service would continue to receive $42,684 while the Wapello Ambulance Service’s annual contract payment would remain at $37,506.

The Morning Sun Ambulance Service will receive a FY19 payment of $33,575. While that amount is actually $5,000 higher than the original FY18 contract payment of $28,575, Griffin pointed out the increase is tied to an earlier decision by the supervisors to boost the service’s contract by $10,000 over the FY 2018 and 2019 budget years.

In other action, Griffin reported Emergency Services Director Staci Griffin met with the board to discuss a $15,000 state grant that is available through the Louisa County E911 board.

Griffin said officials with SchneiderCorp, which provides contracted GIS services to the county, agreed to discuss the grant opportunity with representatives of the county E911 board.

Griffin also reported Louisa County Veterans Affairs Director Adam Caudle and Louisa Development Group Executive Director Angela Shipley met with the supervisors and said the county’s application to be designated as a Home Base Iowa county should soon be finalized.

The designation should be completed in time to be a part of the dedication ceremony for the Louisa County Freedom Rock located at the All Veterans Memorial at Grandview. That ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Apr. 27 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

The supervisors also approved a three-year contract with J&S Electronic Business Systems of Burlington to provide IT services to the county. Earlier this year, Charles Borschel, the county’s former IT director, announced his retirement.

Griffin said the contract with J&S called for an annual $79,500 payment, but he pointed out payment would be about the same as the county’s cost for a full time IT employee with family health and other benefits.

“We decided to give (a contracted service) a chance to see if it works,” he said, adding the contract allowed the county to terminate at the end of each year if it was not satisfied with the contract program.

Another $9,000 contract was also signed with J&S for additional radio equipment for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

The supervisors also accepted a $25,487 bid from Moore Plumbing and Heatingof Wapello for air conditioning equipment at the courthouse. Moore’s bid was about $270 higher than a bid from Odessa Mechanical, Wapello. However, Griffin said the higher bid was accepted because Moore had been the sole bid for an earlier air conditioner project and the supervisors were concerned about system compatibility between the two projects.

In final action, Griffin said Louisa County Engineer Larry Roehl reported the Iowa Department of Transportation will announce its selection of a U.S. 61 bypass around Wapello during a meeting May 8 at the Briggs Civic Center.