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Winnebago Board to Review Veteran Issues

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will be dealing with a number of veteran issues in their Tuesday morning meeting that begins at 9am. The board will first hear from Winnebago Veterans Affairs Director Mary Lou Kleveland. She will discuss pay increases for the Veterans Affairs Board of Commissioners.

The board will also consider a resolution which supports the Home Base Iowa program. This initiative encourages businesses and organizations in the county to consider veterans ahead of anyone else when hiring someone for a job. The hope is to decrease the current unemployment rate among veterans. The board will consider the resolution and an accompanying public purpose policy. If approved, the board will consider a draft memo for Home Base Iowa sign placements on roadways to notify anyone that Winnebago County supports the Home Base Iowa initiative.

There is a growing concern among officials about human trafficking. Law enforcement is particularly concerned about the I-35 corridor where trafficking may be more concentrated. The supervisors are being asked to pass an Anti-Human Trafficking Proclamation which addresses the issue. Law enforcement encourages everyone to report anything suspicious to police or the Sheriff’s Office immediately by calling 911.

Winnebago County Engineer Scott Meinders will brief the board on the state of secondary roads along with any new projects. Drainage Clerk Kris Oswald will review with the board on any issues regarding drainage in the county.

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