Plymouth County and three other counties are applying to become a region under Iowa's mental health reform legislation.
The county board of supervisors Tuesday signed a letter of application, which will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), to form a region with Sioux, Cherokee and Woodbury counties.
Regionalization only affects people whose mental health services are paid for by the counties.
New mental health reform legislation requires all 99 Iowa counties to form regions made up of at least three contiguous counties.
Supervisor Jack E. Guenthner and Supervisor Chairman Jim Henrich have been meeting with representatives from Sioux, Cherokee and Woodbury counties to discuss forming as a region.
"We believe we meet all the requirements to be a region," Guenthner said.
Henrich said he expected officials in the other three counties to sign identical letters to be submitted to the state.
Chuck Palmer, director of the DHS, has until May 1, 2013 to review and finalize regions.
In other business Tuesday the supervisors:
* approved vacating an about one-quarter-mile section of Quarry Road, east of Kingsley, following a public hearing. Approval was given pending utility companies acquire easements from property owners for access to their service lines. The road vacation came after a county-owned bridge collapsed on the road earlier this year. Gene Collins, of Kingsley, had planned to make the bridge into a covered bridge.
* appointed Kenneth Maass, of rural Remsen, as the Henry Township clerk to replace Roger Irwin, of rural Remsen.
* approved the Fletcher Addition in Section 6 of Westfield Township. Lot one includes about 285 acres, lot two includes about 5 acres and lot three includes about 2 acres.
* approved paying Schoonover Tuckpointing, of Vinton, $56,372 for completing 25 percent of work to repair the exterior of the county courthouse. The company has finished for the winter and will resume its work in the spring.