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New Year starts with new county commission

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Representing the county districts for the year 2013 are from left, Jerry Doyle, newly elected member Tom Ehrichs, Dan Miles, Vice-Chairman Tom Peper and Chairman Rick Veldkamp.

T. Ehrichs takes oath of office;

R. Veldkamp chosen Chair

Tom Ehrichs, a local farmer from Egan, took his rightful place on the County Commission last Thursday when they held their first meeting of the new year. Ehrichs will be representing District Four of Moody County, replacing Dave Stenberg after his four years of service to the District. Ehrichs defeated Jean Larson in the November election to win his seat on the commission.

The meeting started off with nominations for the 2013 chairman and vice chairman. District Three Commissioner, Rick Veldkamp, will take over as Chairman, replacing Tom Peper, who was elected as Vice Chairman.

There were only a few changes to the Board Assignments. Veldkamp will take over as the Zoning Chairmen because of his title as Commission Chairman. Also, Ehrichs will take over Stenberg’s rolls on First District and the Fair Board.

One of the biggest changes coming to the County in the beginning of the year is the resignation of Dr. Gary Bruning as the County’s Coroner. Dr. Bruning sent in his letter of resignation, allowing the commissioners to appoint Samantha VonEye as the new County Coroner. VonEye is the County Nurse appointed by the state. Dr. Bruning along, with Dr. Scott Peterson, will remain deputy coroners in case VonEye cannot attend a call. VonEye will be required to attend 16 hours of training within her first two years and then eight hours every two years afterwards to remain the county’s coroner.

Two departments for Moody County will also be getting new vehicles soon. The Moody County Ambulance Service has accepted a bid from Arrow Manufacturing for a new truck chassis. The Rock Rapids, Iowa company will be remounting the MCAS old ambulance box on the brand new Chevrolet chassis. The chassis that the MCAS is currently using has made frequent stops to the repair shop and is costing more money than what it is worth. The new ambulance should be in use within the next four months.

Also, the Sheriff’s Department will have the use of a new ride in 2013 as well. Sheriff Troy Wellman and the commissioners have not decided exactly which car to purchase but it is likely they will accept a $25,304 state bid for a V8 Dodge Charger. Other options include a V8 Dodge Ram Pickup and an AWD Police Interceptor. Wellman will look into final costs before presenting his decision during their next meeting.

The County will have their second meeting of the year on the 15th of January at 9:00 a.m.

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