Montgomery County, IA

Summit Solutions Pipeline Addressed at Montgomery County Supervisors Meeting

(Red Oak) The proposed Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline project drew comments from Montgomery and Mills County residents at Tuesday’s Montgomery County Supervisors meeting. The multi-billion-dollar project would move carbon dioxide across five Midwest states, including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. An Emerson resident addressed the Montgomery...
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Page County board approves radio recorder contract with Montgomery County

(Clarinda) -- Page County officials have backed an agreement improving the accessibility to emergency service radio traffic in the county. The Page County Board of Supervisors recently approved a one-year radio recorder contract for $5,000 with Montgomery County to provide recordings of radio traffic for various emergency services. Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer tells KMA News that while phone calls can be recorded with the county's current setup at PAGE COMM, there is less certainty about access to radio traffic recordings. Palmer says the contract is similar to those Montgomery County has with Fremont and Mills Counties to utilize "data-logger" technology in accessing recordings for needs such as court hearings.
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Montgomery County Woman arrested on Numerous Charges

(Red Oak) Montgomery County Deputies arrested a Red Oak woman on July 22 on drug possession and burglary charges. Deputies arrested 39-year-old Mandy Marie Knapp on two valid Montgomery County warrants for unlawful possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two Adams County warrants for failure to appear on a charge of 3rd-degree burglary 4th-degree criminal mischief, and trespassing. Deputies transported Knapp to the Montgomery County Corrections and booked her on a cash-only bond.

Montgomery County board receives update on proposed carbon dioxide pipeline

(Red Oak) -- Montgomery County officials received an update on the status of a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would run through a portion of the county. Meeting in regular session Tuesday morning, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors heard from Kaylee Langrell with Turnkey Logistics, who is contracted by Summit Carbon Solutions for non-environmental permitting on the company's Midwest Express CO2 pipeline. The pipeline -- encompassing just under 700 miles in Iowa -- would run down the full length of the western portion of Montgomery County, running to Green Plains Shenandoah, LLC in Fremont County. Langrell says Summit has received nearly 40% of the required land for the project through voluntary easements in Iowa, but building permits have yet to be submitted in Montgomery County.

National Night Out

Red Oak’s National Night Out was held Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Fountain Square Park. Pictured above are Montgomery County first responders during the opening ceremonies.

Swearing in

Montgomery County Supervisors Chair Mark Peterson, left, swears in newly-appointed Montgomery County Auditor Jill Ozuna during the supervisors meeting July 26. Ozuna began her duties Aug. 1.

County’s solar ordinance effective upon publication

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors has made its solar ordinance official. The supervisors held a second public hearing on the proposed ordinance changes. Nick Summers, policy assistant for the Center For Rural Affairs shared thoughts on the ordinance changes, and felt they were for the better. “These projects have...

Peterson resigns as part-time Montgomery County safety coordinator

(Red Oak) -- Another part-time position has come open in Montgomery County. During its regular meeting Tuesday morning, by a 4-0 vote, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Beth Peterson as the part-time county safety coordinator. Peterson has been serving in the role for several years while also working as the Election Clerk in the Auditor's Office. Supervisors Chair Mark Peterson says the position primarily oversees county employee safety, which he says Beth had been doing well on top of her auditor duties.

Paradise addresses board on pipeline services

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors received a second proposal for pipeline inspection services at its meeting July 26. The supervisors met with two representatives from Snyder & Associates Engineering: Kristina Paradise, construction technician with the Fort Dodge office, and Dave Sturm, business unit leader with the Atlantic office. Paradise...

Montgomery County Supervisors approve Safety Coordinator Resignation

(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Supervisors accepted the resignation of Beth Peterson, Safety Coordinator. No one applied for the part-time position, so the Board of Supervisors discussed the next step. The goal is to hire a current county employee to take over the responsibilities. However, Chairman Mark Peterson says there is nothing in writing that says they must hire someone in-house.

Ozuna hired as county auditor

Red Oak’s Jill Ozuna has hit the ground running in preparation to assume the duties of Montgomery County Auditor on Aug. 1. After a lengthy interview process, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors agreed to appoint Ozuna at a special meeting on July 18. Ozuna is a southwest Iowa...

Red Oak Commercial Structure Fire

(Red Oak, Iowa) – Firefighters in Red Oak were called to a structure fire early this (Sunday) morning, in Red Oak. Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hamman reports crews were dispatched a little after 1:10-a.m. to the Bunge Corporation at 2049 Fernwood Ave., for a reported fire within the structure of the building.

Fire reported at Bunge's Red Oak operation

(Red Oak) -- Firefighters battled a fire for nearly two hours at the Bunge Corporation in Red Oak early Sunday morning. According to the Montgomery County Emergency Management, the Red Oak Fire Department was dispatched to the Bunge Corporation in Red Oak shortly after 1 AM Sunday morning for a reported fire within the building.

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors accept Safety Coordinator’s resignation

(Red Oak, Iowa) – The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors held a brief meeting this (Tuesday) morning, during which they accepted the resignation of Beth Peterson as Safety Coordinator. Peterson, also serves the an Election Clerk for the County. A Safety Coordinator basically serves as a responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing company’s employee safety at work. Their main duty is to ensure that the company is in compliance and adheres to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidelines to to reduce work-related injuries.

ATVs/UTVs allowed on roadways, with restrictions

Changes to all terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility terrain vehicle (UTV) laws in Iowa went into effect July 1. Jon Spunaugle, Montgomery County Sheriff, explained the law allows ATV and UTV riders to ride in any of Iowa’s 99 counties, with few restrictions. However, there are still rules and regulations in place, he said.

Solar ordinance changes clear Montgomery County board

(Shenandoah) -- Alterations to Montgomery County's solar energy ordinance are now in place. Earlier this week, the county's board of supervisors unanimously approved the second reading of proposed amendments to the county's ordinance governing future solar projects. Board members then waived the amendments' third reading, putting the proposed changes into effect. Members of the county's planning and zoning commission proposed the changes following a series of meetings. Those changes received support from at least one rural advocacy group. Prior to the board's vote, Supervisor Donna Robinson read a letter from Nick Summers, policy organizing assistant with the Center For Rural Affairs, praising the county for making adjustments in its ordinance.