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Monday, August 19, 2013 - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES AUGUST 19 & 20, 2013 The Board convened on Monday, August 19, 2013 with all the 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 Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel. Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Geerts to approve agenda for August 19 & 20, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve board minutes of July 29, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. 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; work orders on Amherst Place, dead-end roadwork; entrance permits; FEMA paperwork continues; NIMS training for new employees; signing, railroad closing, repairs; sign repair as needed; Division II contract rock will be completed by Tuesday; rock railroad crossings; blades out all week; some edge rutting done, still on V56, IDOT Waucoma road; bridge 1360 removal continues; Siims reports on Groves bridge; V64 county line getting ready for paving; rock gradations, maturity curve paving on V64, graphs, PCC paving, Thursday and Friday V64; preconstruction meeting scheduled Tuesday at 10:00 AM.; etc. Paul J. Greufe of PJ Greufe & Associates met with the Board to review the Human Resource Report and List of Priorities. Also present were County Attorney Pat Wegman, Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel, and County Engineer Dusten Rolando. Discussion followed. Mr. Greufe informed the Board that it would take approximately 6 months to complete the List of Priorities at $1500.00 per month. The Board deferred action and will discuss it at the next meeting. Consultant Brad Johnson met with the Board for an update on the Health Plan Phase 2 project. Also present was a member from the media. Brad Johnson reviewed the Benchmark survey with the Board. Discussion followed. Supervisor Zoll left at 12:20 PM for another meeting. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for Terry & Steven Schulz-Weidler Site (ID 66436) in Section 36 of New Hampton Township located at Quinlin Avenue, New Hampton, IA 50659. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for North Lawler Farms, LLC (ID 63965) in Section 15 of Utica Township located at 1548 Union Avenue, Lawler, IA 52154. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for Russell L. Schelkoff Trust #101 (ID 58112) in Section 31 of Eden Township located at 25820 X Avenue, Waucoma, IA 52171. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for Chickasaw Farms, LLC (ID 62444) in Section 22 of Dayton Township located at 2241 Jasper Avenue, New Hampton, IA 50659. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for Don Kurtenbach-Section 23 (ID 64997) in Section 23 of Utica Township located at 1685 Victoria Way, Lawler, IA 52154. The Board received and filed an IDNR Annual Update for Dale Reicks-Homes Sow Unit (ID 60643) in Section 23 of Jacksonville Township located at 1020 Pembroke Avenue, Lawler, IA 52154. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 12:27 PM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. The Board convened at 7:00 PM at the New Hampton Middle School Auditorium for a Town Hall information meeting with all the members present: Byrne, Zoll, Holthaus, Geerts, and Andersen. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve agenda for August 19, 2013 Special Session. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Supervisor Holthaus introduced the Board members and other department heads; set the grounds rules for the meeting, and a timeline of the events that occurred over the past few months. Auditor Knoll gave an update of the fiscal year 2012-2013. The auditing firm is scheduled September 30, 2013 to audit FY 2012-2013. Brad Johnson with Benefit Staff gave a presentation on Chickasaw County health insurance. Mr. Johnson divided his presentation into several parts-review of fees and expenses, determine where the costs are going, and indicating the potential impact to the County and employees. He then described the County’s plan of action and his role in that plan. With respect to the review of fees and expenses, Mr. Johnson indicated that 78% expenses are in area of claims, 19% are to pay for reinsurance, and 3% for administration. If “nothing changes” in terms of the present policy, Mr. Johnson projects a 26% increase in premiums, He then described the impact of these costs on the County and employees. Mr. Johnson then went on to describe the plan of action. Mr. Johnson will conduct a full Request for Proposal/bid process that includes consideration of other carriers, other funding methods, reinsurance alternatives, pharmacy alternatives, and possible changes to benefits. Mr. Johnson will conduct a claims discount comparison and he will then compare plans to other relevant employers that provide competitive benefits to employees at an affordable price. Paul Greufe with PJ Greufe & Associates also gave a presentation on collective bargaining in Iowa. He compared collective bargaining in the private sector with collective bargaining in the public sector. Mr. Greufe pointed out that Iowa Code Chapter 20 controls collective bargaining in public sector in Iowa. There are defined processes for resolving conflict in the public sector that are different from the private sector. In the public sector, comparability groups are often used and, he pointed, it is likely that the comparability group (of counties) that have been used before in disputes involving Chickasaw County would be used again. Following his presentation, Mr. Greufe answered questions from the audience. Supervisor Andersen gave an update on the department head goal planning. Supervisor Holthaus gave a progress report on the Price Wildlife Habitat replacement property. Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to adjourn at 8:55 P.M. The Board convened on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 with all the 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 Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel. Dave Gorman met with the Board with quotes for roof replacement on the Jail Building and 3 entry roof areas at the Community Services building. Quotes received from Mid-west Roofing Company in the amount of $26,900.00 for the Jail Building and $6,950.00 for the 3 Community Services entry roof areas and Northern Cedar Service Co., Inc. in the amount of $26,964 for the Jail Building and Northern Cedar Service Co., Inc. in the amount of $9,468.00 for the 3 entry roof areas at the Community Services Building. Northern Cedar Service Co., Inc. submitted a separate quote per building. Discussion followed. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to accept the quote from Mid-West Roofing Company in the amount of $26,900.00 for the roof replacement at the jail building and $6,950.00 for the three entry roof replacement at the Community Services Building and authorize Chairman signature. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Custodian Dave Gorman will notify Mid-West Roofing Company. The Board reviewed the offer to buy real estate and acceptance for the Price Wildlife replacement property. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve the offer to buy real estate and acceptance for the Price Wildlife replacement property and authorize Chairman Signature. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Assistant County Mark Huegel will deliver the offer to the sellers and update the Board at a later date. Supervisor Geerts left at 10:00 AM to attend funeral and Supervisor Zoll left at 10:10 AM to attend an EMS meeting. Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel met with the Board to discuss Munson Park. Mark Huegel will continue to research the property. After some discussion, the Board scheduled further discussion regarding Munson Park for Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM. County Attorney Pat Wegman, Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel, and via phone conference with Jon K. Swanson, with Gaudineer, Comito & George, and L.L. P. legal counsel for the County met with the Board. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to enter into closed session under IA Code Section 21.5 (1) (c) at 10:15 AM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Discussion followed. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to exit the closed session at 10:28 AM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen that the previous Board of Supervisors motions of June 17, 2013 and July 1, 2013; each of which addressed a potential contribution by Chickasaw County to the resolution of a legal dispute, as was previously discussed with Counsel for the County during sessions of the Board of Supervisors which were closed pursuant to Section 21.5 (1) (c) Code of Iowa; are hereby rescinded. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Assessor Doug Welton met with the Board to review the Summary of 2013 tentative equalization adjustments from the Department of Revenue. Supervisor Zoll returned at 11:30 AM. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to adjourn the meeting at 11:40 AM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. ____________________________________ Rick Holthaus, Chairman Board of Supervisors ATTEST: _______________________________________ Joan E. Knoll, Auditor
 
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