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Monday, September 3, 2007 - Tuesday, September 4, 2007


SEPTEMBER 3 & 4, 2007


The Courthouse and offices were closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 3, 2007.


The Board convened on Monday, September 4, 2007 at 9:30 AM with all members present: Pickar, Boge, Schueth, Mattke. Huegel was absent.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Pickar. Mail was opened and distributed.


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Mattke, to approve agenda for September 4, 2007. Four Ayes, with Motion Carried.


Public Health Nursing Administrator Kathy Babcock met with the Board for proposed building sign design review.  Discussion followed, with no action taken.


New Hampton city officials Attorney Kevin Kennedy and City Clerk Suellen Kolbet met with the Board to request tax abatement for property formerly known as Hardees, now purchased by the New Hampton Fire Department for the new fire station.  Attorney Kennedy stated the bond issue fire station project was voted at $900M project.  Payment of tax liability would increase by general obligation bond financing by $7740 slated for 15 - 20 years. Discussion followed.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Mattke, to approve tax abatement request by City of New Hampton and resolution defining said abatement. Roll Call: Four Ayes. Motion Carried.  RESOLUTION 09-04-2007-27 FOR ABATEMENT OF REAL ESTATE TAXES. WHEREAS, the FY2007-2008 taxes due listed under the name of City of New Hampton,  WHEREAS, City of New Hampton officials have requested the Board of Supervisors abate the FY 2007-2008 taxes of $7,740.00 for parcel NHNH 0427010 described as follows:  S124 of E 363 of SE in 13-95-13 and N99 of E 363 of NE   in 12-95-13, containing 1.69 acres WHEREAS, City of New Hampton is requesting the tax abatement on real estate purchased by the New Hampton Fire Department and subsequently donated to the City of New Hampton. Former owners had decreased the sale price to the New Hampton Fire Department by the amount of taxes. WHEREAS, the board motion was made at regular session, on September 4, 2007 to abate all real estate taxes for site to be known as future New Hampton Fire Department.  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, this Board is in agreement by their motion on September 4, 2007 abate all taxes due under the name of City of New Hampton.  AYES: /ss/ Virgil M. Pickar, Jr., Chairman; Arnie J. Boge; James J. Schueth; Sherry Mattke (Absent, John L. Huegel). NAYS: None. ATTEST: /ss/ Judy A. Babcock, Auditor.


The Board received and filed August 2007 reports for 911, Emergency Management and Sanitation.


Ken Rasing met with the Board for several items of business as follows:


Ambulance services 28E Agreement originally adopted April of 1989 was reviewed.   All cities within the county and county remain participants of an Interagency Council for purposes of providing ambulance services to city and county residents. 28E Agreement names each entity responsible to appoint a member to council annually.  It is anticipated that entities will appoint their representative council member at the September 6th, 2007 meeting. 


IDNR Notice of Intent to issue a construction permit to Prime Feeders Inc. was reviewed.  Options were reviewed as follows:  1. Waive 14 day review period and allow construction permit to be issued as soon as possible. 2. Allow 14-day review period to expire without taking action. 3. Set a public hearing date to receive input before construction permit issuance.  Discussion followed, with a decision.


Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Schueth, to waive 14-day review period and authorize Chairman to sign letter to IDNR allowing for immediate issuance of construction permit to Prime Feeders Inc.  Roll Call: Four Ayes. Motion Carried. 


Heritage public water supply which has been a past source of coliform bacteria is anticipated to be corrected by replacement of three foot leaky pipe from metal to plastic.  


An upcoming, part-time scheduled job description for assistant sanitarian position was reviewed with Board approval to advertise position availability to the public.


County Engineer Dusten Rolando met with the Board to discuss road departmental activities.


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Mattke, to approve and authorize Chairman Signature  on permit for Iowa Telecom to place buried telephone cable along Quinlan Avenue north of Highway 24. Roll Call: Four Ayes. Motion Carried.


Other updates included IDOT preliminary approval for construction of double turn lanes at the entrance of the site to the new ethanol plant on Highway 24 East.  Discussion of financial and budget funding followed.


Minnowa Construction expected to begin North Washington bridge replacement project on September 6th with anticipated completion by the end of October 2007.  


Stevens Avenue bridge project with Brennan Construction is under delay, with project to resume as soon as possible.  Liquidated damages are $750 per day over 90 working days.


County day labor will begin a bridge replacement project with concrete box on 260th Street one mile north of Hwy 346.


The Board allowed claims.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Boge, to approve meeting minutes of August 27 & 28, 2007. Roll Call: Four Ayes. Motion Carried.


The board recessed for lunch with Board members Pickar and Schueth attended lunch at Chickasaw Centre with senior citizens.


Board members Pickar, Boge and Schueth reconvened in the Boardroom at 1:10 PM to complete allowing claims.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Boge, to adjourn at 1:30 PM.  Three Ayes, with Motion Carried.




                                                                        Virgil M. Pickar, Jr., Chairman

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Judy A. Babcock, Auditor








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