The Dallas County Board of Supervisors will be holding two public hearings in coming weeks to address an inmate meals provider contract with HomeCare Services, located at 101 N. 9th St. in Adel.

There will also be a hearing on the county’s five-year construction program.

According to the meal contract, HomeCare Services would provide meals to inmates three times a day, seven days a week between the hours of 7-7:15 a.m., 12:15-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-5:45 p.m.

The contract would be valid for a year and is three cents cheaper than the meals provided by the recently closed county home, saving the county close to $1,000 annually, said Doug Lande, 1st Chief/ Jail Administrator with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Currently, the sheriff’s office is working with the Waukee Hy-Vee to provide meals to inmates during the interim.

"Inmates have noticed a difference in meals, but I haven’t had any food complaints," Lande said. "So I consider that a success."

A public hearing is scheduled for March 18 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the meal provider contract.

The board also approved a second public hearing on the Secondary Roads Department’s five-year construction program for March 25 at 10 a.m.

County Engineer Jim George said his department is currently looking at the Yale road and a bridge replacement between Woodward and Bouton. He said the department is also advancing with updates to County Road R16 south of Highway 6.

In other business, the board:

• Approved out-of-state travel requests and per-diem increase adjustments for the county attorney and public health director,

• Approved a data storage equipment purchase request by IT Director Todd Noah,

• Received and approved an engineering report for drainage district #19 maintenance located north of County Road F31. The project would be bid after summer with the project starting after the harvest season.