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Monday, August 20, 2007 - Tuesday, August 21, 2007


AUGUST 20 & 21, 2007


The Board convened on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 9:30 AM with all members present: Pickar, Huegel, Boge, Schueth, Mattke. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Pickar. Mail was opened and distributed.


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Mattke, to approve Agenda for August 20 & 21, 2007.   All Ayes, with Motion Carried.


Motion by Huegel, Seconded by Mattke to approve meeting minutes of August 13 & 14, 2007. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.


Kathy Babcock, Public Health Administrator, met with the Board for several business items as follows:


A proposed low-census policy affecting nursing staff was submitted for consideration, which would allow for standardized reduction of staff work hours and retain all employee benefits, should the need arise.  The Board sent proposed policy to HR-OneSource for review and recommendation.


A proposal for a building directory sign at Community Services Building was reviewed, with clarifications needed before authorizing expenditure.


A health insurance funding issue, with a request for a plan amendment, was presented with no action taken.


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


Motion by Huegel, Seconded by Boge, to approve and authorize Chairman Signature on permit for Qwest Communications to place buried cable in county right of way along Asherton Avenue north of 180th Street.   Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. 


Road damages as a result of heavy rains was reviewed. 


Discussion continued as to the proposed highway improvement project at the site of the ethanol plant on East Highway 24 now under construction.  The IDOT has proposed only a right turn lane only for westbound traffic.  County officials would prefer turn lanes for both eastbound and westbound traffic at the driveway turnoff site to best prepare for future traffic.  A successful RISE grant would fund the lesser of 80% of project cost or $240,000.00 based upon $6000 per proposed job at the site.  


Kathy Showalter, representing Planscape, met with the Board and Engineer to update the amended RISE grant application to include turn lanes for both west and east bound traffic and increase asphalt surfacing costs to $75 per ton. RISE grant application requires county participation for remaining funding, which is to be reimbursed by Homeland Energy Solutions.


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Schueth, to adopt Resolution for Support for RISE grant application. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. RESOLUTION 08-20-2007-26 RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE APPLICATION FOR THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONíS IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY RISE PROJECT FUNDING TO SUPPORT HOMELAND ENERGY SOLUTIONS LLC. WHEREAS, Chickasaw County is pursing an immediate nonspeculative opportunity and negotiating with officials of Homeland Energy Solutions LLC; and WHEREAS, the reconstruction and paving of improvements to Highway 24 is necessary for appropriate access to the site and for the safety and well being of those traveling on Highway 24; and WHEREAS, Homeland Energy Solutions LLC intends to create 40 full time jobs; and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa, desires to encourage this project to occur and fully endorses this project; and WHEREAS, Chickasaw County pledges to provide the funds for the project. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa that: 1. The County wholeheartedly endorses an application requesting financial assistance from   the Iowa Department of Transportation to improve Highway 24 and assures the financial participation of the County for 20 percent non-RISE participation in local  match for this industrial development project. 2. The Chair is authorized to sign any and all RISE application documents. PASSED AND APPROVED by the Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa, this 20th day of August 2007.  /ss/ Virgil M. Pickar, Jr., Chairman; Board of Supervisors. Attested: /ss/  Judy A. Babcock, Auditor.


The Board allowed claims.


Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Schueth, to approve fireworks permit for Ron Underwood. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.


Board members spoke with Midwest Group Benefits Inc. regarding the pending health insurance funding issue and possible plan amendment, with discussion following and no decision taken.


Board members tax statements were distributed from the Treasurer, with review discussion.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Mattke, to approve 2006 Assessment, payable in FY 2007-08 real estate tax certification to Treasurer. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Huegel, to adjourn at 12:20 PM.  All Ayes, with Motion Carried.


The board convened on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:30 AM with all members present:  Pickar, Huegel, Boge, Schueth, Mattke. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Pickar. Mail was opened and distributed.


Fredericksburg Economic Development and City Council Members met with the Board to discuss their cityís ambulance services.  Jim Erickson spoke on behalf those present citing their concerns ambulance availability and response time within their community.  Those present included Fredericksburg City Officials, Jerry Linder, Ralph Schultz, Chuck Stone and county officials, EMS Director Ken Rasing, Chief Dispatcher Barb Hemesath and Sheriff Marty Larsen. The group is requesting a share of the current county subsidy to fund a proposed ambulance service in their community for 115 square mile area. County officials have set an Emergency Management Services meeting with mayors and council persons for Thursday, September 6, 2007 to discuss ambulance issues and seek possible common remedies for problems. 


Chris Hoffman and Vicki Mueller, grant writer, both representing Pathways, met with the Board to continue building and concepts discussion for joint client services pertaining to delivery of mental health services. A preliminary plan is under consideration. A funding request of has been presented to county officials for their consideration, as a prerequisite to filing for CDBG grant application. 


Board members entered into discussion of the health insurance funding issue remaining unresolved, without reaching concensus.  It was decided to have more discussion with Midwest Group Benefits officials regarding implementation of policy change or amending plan documents and looking at long term implications to the plan before any changes are approved.


The Board received and filed IDNR Manure Management Plan Annual Update for Dale Reicks-Home Sow Unit (ID#60643) located at 10290 Pembroke Ave., Lawler; Agrarian Farms Partnership / Eickhoff Site (ID#58112) located in Fayette County with field application sites in Chickasaw County; H&B, LLC. (ID#64009) located at 3352 120TH St., Waucoma and North Lawler Farms, LLC / Lynch Finisher (ID#63905) located at 1548 Union Ave., Lawler. 


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Huegel, to adjourn at 12:15 PM.   All Ayes, with Motion Carried.




                                                                        Virgil M. Pickar, Chairman

                                                                        Board of Supervisors






Judy A. Babcock, Auditor         














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