Danville Museum, Library Wants 50-K from County

A group in Danville is trying to rub together enough nickels to build a library and museum, and spokesman Bob Hesler says it’ll cost about $750,000.

He went before the Des Moines County Board yesterday(Tues), hat-in-hand, but the request for a donation wasn’t considered because the item wasn’t on the agenda.  Hesler says the organization is also trying to qualify for a “Vision Iowa” state grant, which is a competitive process. He told supervisors that in the small building they use now…an old fire station…there’s a “pen pal” letter from Anne Frank to a local woman, when she was little. He says they’ve had visitors from 25 states and three other countries.

The Board yesterday(Tues) approved a 5-year contract extension with a Colorado company for jail-inmate health-care services. Jail Supervisor Duane Worthy says the deal includes additional mental healthcare.

On another front, deputy Mike Cameron is retiring after more than 30 years with the Sheriff’s Department.