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Monday, May 06, 2013 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

May 6 & 7, 2013

 

The Board convened on Monday, May 6, 2013 with all members present:  Holthaus, Andersen, Byrne, Geerts, and Zoll.   The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed.  Also present was Gene Zimmer as an observer.

 

Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to approve agenda for May 6 & 7, 2013.   Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Byrne to approve board minutes of April 29 & 30, 2013.   Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

New Hampton City Clerk Suellen Kolbet met with the Board for a general discussion on the City of New Hampton Health Insurance Plan. Also present was Assessor Doug Welton, Sheriff Todd Miller, and Jay Jung.

 

Jay Jung with the NRCS, New Hampton, met with the Board to discuss a Letter of Support to the Upper Cedar River Management Authority Executive Committee to submit the Beaver Creek (070802010901) HUC 12 watershed for the Iowa Flood Center Grant.  The Beaver Creek offers the best possible options for demonstrating flood reduction on a watershed scale due to its size and landowner willingness to participate.  The Board deferred action until the next meeting.

 

The County Engineer Dusten Rolando met with the Board to discuss road departmental activities.  Topics included:  maintenance and service of vehicles; maintenance of gravel roads; pick rock in ditch, widen intersection on 130th and Fayette Avenue; ditch cleaning, crossroads, entrances; plow snow on May 2nd until 7:00 PM and May 3 out at 5:30 AM (3 one ways west half)(some blades east half); signing repairs, setting up detour for B16, stripping snow equipment today; blades out on routes when possible; spot rocking weather permitting; removed snow fence; cleaning bridge deck on hard surface roads; bridge repair; preparing for concrete patch on B16 start today; Bridge 260th forming and tying reinforcing steel; V64 county line Minnowa continues to build box culvert; boring start on Ushers bridge 220th, etc.

 

Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Zoll to approve and authorize Chairman signature on the permit for Butler County REC to place overhead construction in the county right of way along Stanley Avenue in Section 20 of Stapleton Township.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Byrne to approve and authorize Chairman signature on the permit for Butler County REC to place overhead construction in the county right of way along Odessa Avenue in Section 28 of New Hampton Township.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Zoll to approve and authorize Chairman signature on the permit for Butler County REC to place buried cable in the county right of way thru Odessa Avenue  in Section 28 of New Hampton Township.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Geerts to approve and authorize Chairman signature on the permit for Butler Bremer Communications  to place buried cable in the county right of way along Addison  Avenue and 290th Street  in Sections 19,30, & 31 of Bradford Township.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Geerts to approve the liquor license of Bradford House.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Andersen to approve the liquor license of Town & Country Club.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to approve the liquor license of East View Orchard.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

The Board discussed scheduling of ‘Town Hall” meetings regarding county related topics.  Supervisor Andersen gave each supervisor possible “Town Hall” plan to review.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 12:10 P.M.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board convened on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 with all members present:  Byrne, Zoll, Holthaus, Geerts and Andersen.    The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed.  Also present was Gene Zimmer as an observer at 10:15 AM.

 

Mick Gage met with the Board for a Veterans Memorial update. Also present was Custodian Dave Gorman.  Mr. Gage stated that the donations process continues, ordered two more granite stones for names, and possibly start the sidewalk end of this week or the first of next week.

 

Custodian Dave Gorman met with the Board to discuss the Courthouse roof.  Dave Gorman presented to the Board an estimate from a vendor to replace the roof.   It was the consensus of the Board that Mr. Gorman obtains two more quotes from vendors and updates the Board at later date. 

 

The Board reviewed the Letter of Support to the Upper Cedar River Management Authority Executive Committee to submit Beaver Creek HUC 12 watershed for the Iowa Flood Center Grant. 

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Zoll to approve the Letter of Support Letter of Support to the Upper Cedar River Management Authority Executive Committee to submit Beaver Creek HUC 12 watershed for the Iowa Flood Center Grant.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board for a departmental update.

Also present was USDA-NRCS Resource Conservationist Jay Jung.  Brian Moore and Jay Jung discussed the Troyna Conservation Plan Revision.  The Conservation Plan Revision changes one cover crop to another cover crop.

 

Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to approve and authorize Chairman Signature on the Conservation Plan Revision for cover crop for the Troyna Property.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Jay Jung and Brian Moore also discussed the Darrel Browning Area just east of New Hampton.  The property contains 40 acres and Darrell Browning would like to preserve the property for conservation purposes only. Mr. Browning and his attorney are working with the National Heritage Foundation to assist them in this process.

 

Director Moore reported that Brad Schwickerath with Chickasaw Pioneer Chapter Pheasants Forever are working with the Conservation Department to preserve wildlife habitat just SW of Alta Vista with food plots and maintenance of the Goodale Conservation Area.

 

Brian Moore is working with IDNR and Landowners Louie Hugh and Gerald Laures to purchase property using the proceeds from the sale of the Price Wildlife Property.

 

Recessed at 12:10 PM and reconvened at 1:00 PM

 

The 1:00 PM appointment via phone conference with Paul Greufe with PJ Greufe & Associates was cancelled due to a death in Mr. Greufe’s family and will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Zoll to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 PM.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

 

 

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Rick Holthaus, Chairman          

Board of Supervisors

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Joan E. Knoll, Auditor

 

 
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