DHS Official to talk about changes in service


August 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will address the Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday morning. Tom Bouska, with the regional DHS office is scheduled to speak to the board with regard to changes to the DHS’ services.

The changes to be announced are coming on the heels of word 37 Iowa Workforce Development Offices would be closing by month’s end, including the office here in Atlantic. According to Carol Morgan of the IowaWORKS Business Relations office in Council Bluffs, the department’s office in Harlan was closed Friday. Five more offices in Atlantic, Glenwood, Red Oak, Shenandoah, and Clarinda are set to be closed tomorrow (Wednesday). Morgan will be responsible for meeting the needs of businesses and potential employers in Southwest Iowa, including the Harlan, Atlantic, Glenwood, Shenandoah, and Clarinda areas. The Red Oak area will be serviced by business marketing specialist Marsha Wilson.

The state will continue to have Southwest IowaWORKS Regional Integrated offices located at Council Bluffs and Creston with office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For access to services from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, job seekers and businesses can call 1-866-239-0843. The Council Bluffs Center can be reached at (712) 242-2131 and the Creston Center can be reached at (641) 782-2119.

In other business, the Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, will set the date for a public hearing on the proposed redistricting and representing plan of the Temporary Cass County Redistricting Commission. The Board will also review bids taken by the Iowa DOT and award contracts for, two bridge replacement projects. The bridges are located over Turkey and Seven-Mile Creeks, on 620th Street and Victoria Road, respectively. The Supervisors will also review the bids and award contracts for Hot Melt Asphalt and Portland Cement Concrete patching on certain county roads, and approve a quote for a new excavator to be used for ditch cleaning.

The Supervisor’s meeting begins at 9-a.m. at the courthouse, in Atlantic.