Mahaska County Courthouse

MAHASKA COUNTY — The final vote canvass for Mahaska County has been done, with no surprise results.

Mahaska County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections shared a second tier vote canvasses for Barnes City and North Mahaska School District. Barnes City Mayor Barbara Jean Davis received 43 votes. Donald Baker received 37 votes, Nancy Dunnick, 28 votes. Both were elected to the Barnes City Council. Keith Foster joined the North Mahaska School District, with 31 votes.

During a recent meeting, Brown said out of 14,038 eligible voters on Nov. 5, 990 cast a ballot, which is a 7 percent turnout. Only 141 absentee ballots were requested; 15 of which were not returned. One provisional ballot was cast.

OskaloosaDavid Krutzfeldt was re-elected mayor. Robert Drost, Steve Burnett and Joe Caligiuri remain on the city council.

Charlie Comfort and Shawn Moyer join the Oskaloosa Community School District Board of Directors.

BeaconMayor Jim Hughes was re-elected. The five positions open on the Beacon City Council were filled by Dwight Teeter, Richard Thomas, Thomas W. Van Der Veer. Ron Ferree, a write-in candidate, also joined the city council.

Fremont: A write-in candidate, Sherri Baxter, was elected mayor of Fremont. 

Keomah VillageH. Craig Coen was voted mayor. Paul Riggs, Mike Sinnett and Alyce Chandler are seeking seats on the city council.

LeightonMayoral incumbent Keith Beintema was re-elected. Henry W. Van Roekel, Steve Nieuwsma, Kimberly A. Sytsma, Charles J. Bogaard and Dan Gleason join the city council.

New SharonJeffrey Dean was elected mayor.

MCARD report

Mahaska County Agriculture and Rural Development Director Deann DeGroot gave a brief report to the board. On Dec. 12, there will be a legislator roundtable from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Oskaloosa Public Library.

DeGroot said plans are being made for next year’s Educators in the Workplace events.

A grant request was submitted to the Iowa Tourism Board. DeGroot said there has not yet been a response. If MCARD does get the funds, they will be used to launch a website for the A-Z Foodie Trail.

The recent job fair had 35 employers in attendance and there were around 220 job seekers, DeGroot said, which is less than in past years.

DeGroot said George Daily Trust is also awaiting word on a grant.

“It was for what we call the spiral foundation, that coin thing that used to be in the mall, it got broken a few years ago,” she said. “Hopefully [we’ll] replace some of that, and then those funds go into Mahaska Future View which goes to help community events, downtown flower pots and different things.”

Conservation report

Mahaska County Conservation Board Executive Director Dave Sedivec said the Halloween Bash and recent historical presentations were big successes.

Eveland Access campgrounds is closed for the season, Sedivec said. Revenues were down because the campground had to be closed for five weeks due to the water.

A new pit toilet has been installed at Russell Wildlife Area.

Sedivec said a Regional Enhancement and Protection assembly will be held from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, Nov. 21. Sedivec said people attend the meeting to see how REAP has been implemented in the county.

CORRECTION: This story has been edited to reflect the victory of write-in candidate  Sherri Baxter as Fremont Mayor and that Ron Ferree joined the Beacon City Council.

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