COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JUNE 3 & 4, 2013
The Board convened on Monday, June 3, 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.
Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve agenda for June 3 & 4, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Byrne to approve board minutes of May 27 & 28, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Judy Funk, representing Heartland Insurance Risk Pool met with the Board for a liability insurance review and overview of the county’s insured schedules for property and equipment, with discussion following.
Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Zoll to approve and authorize Chairman signature on client confirmation schedule for FY 2013-14 liability insurance renewal with Heartland Insurance Risk Pool. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Supervisor Zoll gave the Board an update on the Upper Cedar River Watershed project last Thursday, May 30, 2013. The application for the Beaver Creek was accepted and the grant is between $1.5-1.6 million project. The first year will be for engineering costs and the project must be completed by 2016-2017.
Ken Rasing informed the Board that the Governor declared Chickasaw County a disaster county. Also present was County Attorney Mark Huegel.
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; picking up rock from ditches-flooding of the Little Cedar basin- in one location washed out on East Ridgeway on 290th Street; flood damage on Thursday; foreman on-call-no calls this weekend; flood repair along Little Cedar Basin; Wednesday-Friday-Division 4 contract rock in the SW corner; completed box culvert extension 280th near Gilmore; bridge construction 260th abutment backfill, forming open rail; V-64 pavement removal continues; subbase hauling back in; signage for closing and opening road from flooding; etc.
Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Zoll to close Bridge #113230 on 100th Street East of Gilmore Avenue upon the recommendation of Calhoun-Burns and County Engineer Dusten Rolando. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Public Health and Home Care Services Administrator Kathy Babcock and Ken Rasing met with the Board to discuss the Code Red Alert. Ken Rasing told the Board that the E-911 Board eliminated the Code Red due to the funding of the project. The last couple years, Public Health has paid for the Code Red Alert at approximately $6,750.00 per year. The Board took no action at this time. Ken Rasing and Kathy Babcock will compile a list for the Board’s review on how the grant money in the amount of $10,000. The Board deferred action on the mentoring program and acknowledgement of the hiring of a part-time on call homemaker until next week’s board meeting.
Ken Rasing also discussed the remodeling of five bathrooms at the Heritage Residence.
Discussion followed. It was the consensus of the Board to issue the check to Tony Huffman for the remodeling project at the Heritage Residence. Ken Rasing discussed the countertop in the kitchen at the Heritage Residence. Discussion followed. Ken Rasing will contact the contractor and update the Board at a later date. Also Ken Rasing discussed the roof at the Heritage Residence. It was the consensus of the Board that Ken Rasing contact Dan Sumner and update the Board at a later date.
Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve the Fireworks permit for David Lechtenberg. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to re-appoint Steve Geerts as the Board’s representive to the City of New Hampton Planning and Zoning Commission for a three year. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Chip Schwickerath met with the Board to discuss the possibility ‘Town Hall” meetings regarding county related topics. Chip informed the Board that there will be a Taxpayer Forum scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Event Center from 7:00 -9:00 PM. Chip Schwickerath will host the event. Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel informed Chip Schwickerath and the Board that the Board is a governmental body that is controlled by the laws of the State of Iowa and the open meetings laws.
Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to adjourn the meeting at 12:30 P M. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Supervisors Holthaus, Andersen, Geerts and County Auditor Knoll attended a Conservation Board meeting for PowerPoint presentation on the “Benefits of the Conservation Board” conducted by Tom Hazelton with IACCB CEO.
The Board convened on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 with all members present: Byrne, Holthaus, Geerts and Andersen. Supervisor Zoll present at 10:20 AM. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed. Also present was member from the media.
Ken Rasing met with the Board to discuss a claim for the remodeling project at the Heritage Residence. Also present was Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel and contractor Tony Hoffman. Discussion followed and the Board entered into an agreement with Mr. Hoffman and the Attorney’s office will compose the agreement for all the parties.
Ken Rasing also reported to the Board regarding the County Hazard Mitigation Grant.
The grant for the Hazard Mitigation plan is $50,000. Ken Rasing has two concerns with the Hazard Mitigation Plan. One concern is the plan is unlikely to be completed by the June 30, 2013 deadline and unless the grant deadline is extended, there will insufficient “outside” funds to INRCOG to assist in completing the required project. Ken Rasing will contract Brian Schoon with INRCOG regarding the status of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and update the Board at a later date.
Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board for a departmental update. Mr. Moore informed the Board that the Conservation Board is in favor of putting a dump station and leach field for the Airport Lake Park campground before the shower house. The $60,000.00 in the Capital Projects Fund will be used for the Airport Lake Shower structure. Brian Moore plans to apply for 2 grants through INRCOG. It was also suggested to have a master plan before any activity takes place. Moore will also research camping rates of counties around Chickasaw County and get an estimate of the cost of the dump station and leach field. Brian Moore will continue to work with two landowners regarding the purchase of replacement property for the Price Wildlife Habitat property.
Paul Greufe with PJ Greufe & Associates and Benefit Staff Representative Brad Johnson met with the Board for a general discussion on the Affordable Health Care plan and the County’s approach to addressing the health insurance challenges that the County faces. Mr. Johnson will send a proposal to the Board regarding the costs for his services that would include conducting the research necessary to facilitate and execute the processes for RFP’s for the Health Insurance to the vendors and evaluating the RFP’s that are submitted, communicating with the unions, and otherwise helping to implement the necessary activities.
Received and filed Jendro Sanitation rural recycling report for the month of May, 2013.
The Board received and filed IDNR Annual Update for Schulz Farm Partnership-Home Farm (ID 58254) in Section 15 of New Hampton Township located at 2581 220th Street, New Hampton, Iowa 50659.
The Board received and filed IDNR Annual Update for Schulz Farm Partnership-South Farm (ID 62397) in Section 22 of New Hampton Township located at 2271 Pembroke Avenue, New Hampton, IA 50659.
The Board received and filed IDNR Annual Update for Craig Kurtenbach (ID 67040) in Section 16 of Stapleton Township located at 3028 210th Street, Lawler, IA 52154.
The Board allowed claims.
Supervisor Zoll left at Noon.
Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 12:55 PM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.
Rick Holthaus, Chairman
Board of Supervisors
Joan E. Knoll, Auditor