As the State of Iowa toys with the notion of regionalizing services, Nichols has worked to put Marion County at the forefront of discussions, to be a leader if this becomes a reality.
There are aspects of the office that he will not miss. He specifically mentioned annual budgeting. Challenging as that was for him, he said Marion County is blessed to have the communities and industries it has. These assets made the process easier.
Nichols intends to continue to be a Marion County resident. He plans to continue to try to serve the public when he can. Nichols has worked with Pella Cooperative Electric for 20 years, which he will continue to do. He intends to continue to serve on the Central Iowa Power Cooperatives board and national electric cooperatives board as well.
Other supervisors' notes:
• Approved work beyond right of way agreements between the Secondary Road Department and Beatrice Lenger, Donald Visser, Rob Wallace, James Lenger and Dennis De Vries.
• Following an objection by Max Smith of Smith Fertilizer and Grain, the second reading of a proposed ordinance banning engine brake use in the County died for the lack of a motion. These brakes are said to be loud, but Smith told the board that manufacturers are making them more quiet and that most semis utilize the brakes to protect the longevity of their other brakes. He felt the proposed ordinance was unnecessary.
• Approved a resolution to establish the maximum speed limit of 35 miles per hour on a portion of County Road T-14 southbound, south of the northern most Pella City limits and a speed zone of 40 miles per hour continue to be in place from the northern most City limits of Pella north 2,250 feet. Steve McCombs, with the Engineer's Office, said this was necessary due to some annexation by Pella, to bring the limits in line with the rest of the area.