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Monday, August 18, 2008 - Tuesday, August 19, 2008

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

AUGUST 18 & 19, 2008

 

The Board convened on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 9:30 AM with a quorum present: Boge, Pickar, Huegel, Schueth, Mattke.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Boge. Mail was opened and distributed.

 

Motion by Pickar, Seconded by Schueth, to approve agenda for August 18 & 19, 2008.  All Ayes, with Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Huegel, to approve meeting minutes of August 11 &12, 2008.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. 

 

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

 

Impending salt shortage and current price of $110 a ton was discussed. Chickasaw County has supply purchased at $58 a ton, while other counties have not secured a vendor bid because of short supply and transportation costs.    Costs of road construction were reviewed in preparation for the LOST informational public meeting. Current cost approximations are approximate $1M for per mile regrade eight-inch depth concrete with rock base.  Other updates included IDOT bid notice for PCC patching and traffic signs on Highway 63 beginning north of 290th street to just south of 188th  intersection.  Local residents have requested permanent stop signs at the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and 140th Street after the detour route is no longer in effect.

 

The Board allowed claims.

 

A public informational meeting was held at 11 AM at the Community Services Building meeting room to explain and the upcoming ballot referendum for proposed change of allocation of the local option sales tax revenue.  Those present included Randy Heitz; Rick Holthaus and Tom Sabelka on behalf of Farm Bureau; Jim O’Connor from the New Hampton Tribune and Ken Rasing, Dusten Rolando, Board Members and Auditor. Chairman Arnie Boge opened the meeting explaining the proposed change of 50% Roads & Bridges; 10% County Betterment; and 40% Roads Infrastructure from the present allocation of 50% Roads and Bridges; 25% Property Tax Relief; 15% County Betterment and 10% Economic Development.  Rationale for the proposed change is unmet needs which may include maintenance and construction of hard surfaced roads. County presently levies 3.00375%, which is maximum budget limitation for secondary roads.  Unmet needs arise from increased costs, including fuel, labor and vendor product and services.  Emergency Management Director asked if the county officials would consider allocating .5% for public safety for tornado siren maintenance due to declining county rural population.  Rick Holthaus stated Farm Bureau had concerns about alleviating the property tax reduction, largely due to the 12¢ property tax increase in the FY2008-09 adopted budget.   Farm Bureau also had concern about development and possible adoption of rural housing agreements that could obligate the county for future road paving.  IDOT has a point system in effect, defined by traffic count and location factors, to consider paving probability.  County paving projects have been deferred over recent past years, due to funding shortfalls. Farm Bureau has questioned fund balance carryover with the adopted annual budget, with the board stating 25-30% is mandatory, to carry county operations until the major tax revenue apportionment due October 15th.  An upcoming board discussion may consider moving some funds balance carryover to appropriations expenditure.  Engineer Roland stated it had been necessary to request early transfer of $660,000 for FY2008-09 budget, due to the construction of turn lanes on Highway 24 project. He also stated that federally funded revenue is likely to suffer cutbacks.   Boge stated LOST reallocation could improve road infrastructure. Holthaus wondered if the board has considered land owner maintenance on secondary roads and if property tax on the ethanol plant would significantly increase county tax base and revenues.    Chairman Boge stated the tax base would increase farmland valuation to industrial land valuation; however, the plant, machinery and equipment is under a 20-year tax abatement, which was given as an incentive for locating the plant in Chickasaw County.  Schueth stated that the feasibility study conducted as a prelude to the ethanol plant construction had allowed for 2-3¢ increase per bushel of corn. Boge stated that LOST reallocation offered a minimal adverse impact with unmet roads needs so great.  Board consensus for policy development and an equitable point system needs to be developed for future county road projects.

County officials have never issued general obligation bonds up to the present because of the repayment with interest added. 

 

Motion by Pickar, Seconded by Schueth, to adjourn board session at 12 PM.  All Ayes, with Motion Carried.

 

The Board convened on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM with all members present: Boge, Pickar, Huegel, Schueth, Mattke.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Boge. Mail was opened and distributed.

 

Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel met with the Board review of the proposed resolution defining change and ballot purpose of the upcoming local option sales tax ballot referendum.  Also reviewed was the progress of county tax-sale acquired lot in Bassett.

 

The current farm lease was reviewed with the Board deciding to renew the current lease with current renter for 2009, which will be the third year.  The farm rent will be offered to the public for highest bid rent for crop year 2010 in August of 2009.   

   

The Board received and filed Chickasaw County Agricultural Extension Education Operating Fund Report for FY2007-2008.

 

Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Pickar, to approve and authorize Chairman Signature on Audit Services Letter of Understanding for FY 2007-2008. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Pickar, Seconded by Schueth, to approve five day event liquor license for New Hampton Kenwood Avenue Park.   Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board allowed claims.

 

The Board received and filed annual manure management plan update for Larry M Bruening (ID#57703) at 2435 180th St., New Hampton located in Section 28 of Jacksonville Township and an original manure management plan for Eickhoff Site located in Fayette County with field application sites in Chickasaw County.

 

Sheriff Larsen met with the Board for approval of annual Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification of the Department of Justice Agreement.

 

Motion by Pickar, Seconded by Mattke, to approve Chairman Signature on Sheriff Affidavit and Report of the Department of Justice grant reporting certification. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board received and filed Richland Township Receipts and Disbursements of FY2007-2008.

 

Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Schueth, to adjourn at 12 Noon.  All Ayes, with Motion Carried.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Arnie J. Boge, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Supervisors

 

Attest:

 

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Judy A. Babcock, Auditor   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
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