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Monday, October 28, 2013 - Thursday, October 31, 2013

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES OCTOBER 28, 29 & 31, 2013 The Board convened on Monday, October 28, 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 were Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel and at a 9:45 AM a member from the media. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Zoll to approve agenda for October 28 & 29, 2013. Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Andersen to approve board minutes of October 21 & 22, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. INRCOG Executive Director Kevin Blanshan met with the Board for an overview of the INRCOG services. The RFP Evaluation Committee representatives CPC/TCM/GA Director Sheila Kobliska, Attorney Jennifer Schwickerath, and High School Principal Sarah Updegraff met with the Board for an update and recommendation to the Board. Also present was Matt Stevens and County Attorney Pat Wegman. Discussion followed. It was the consensus of the RFP Evaluation Committee to recommend Prairie View Management Inc. to the Board. Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Byrne to acknowledge the recommendation by the RFP Evaluation Committee. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. County Engineer Dusten Rolando met with the Board at 10:30 am to discuss road departmental activities. Topics included: maintenance and service of vehicles; maintenance and blading of gravel roads; work orders, driveways; entrance permits in various locations. One sander on #29 soon will have two ready. sign repair as needed, replacing bad signs, edge rutting, B57 & T76; mowing gravels; going to start putting wing posts on motorgraders; #3440, bridge, repair work; #2621, repaired bridge rail; secondary annual road report; bridge inspection2014 list; wrapping up project paperwork; pavement marking, Howard county line project; utility permit, etc. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Byrne to approve the permit for Hawkeye REC to place overhead power lines and poles and anchors in the county right of way along 120th St., Stevens Avenue, and Union Avenue as per recommendation by the County Engineer. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to acknowledge the resignation of James Foster effective January 17, 2014. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to enter into a contract with Taylor Construction for bridge project BRS-CO19(78)-60-19 the replacement bridge #111640 on 220th Street west of Gilmore Avenue in the amount of $1,258,898.77 as per recommendation by the County Engineer and authorize Chairman Signature. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve and authorize Chairman Signature on the Letter of Understanding for a single audit provided by Hacker, Nelson & Co. PC for the FY 2012-2013 audit. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. The Board received proposals from Employee Benefit Systems, Midwest Group Benefits, Inc. and Group Services Inc. for Flex and Employee Benefit Systems and Group Services Inc. for Cobra/Retiree services. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Zoll to accept the proposal from Employee Benefit Systems for the Flex and Cobra/Retiree plans effective January-December 2014 and the terms as set in the proposal. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to approve Resolution to set public hearing for the abandonment and Sale of a parcel in the SW¼ of the SW¼ of 33-94-11 a part of the former property referred to as the Price Wildlife Habitat Property. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. RESOLUTION NO. 10-28-13-28 A RESOLUTION SETTING FORTH THE CHICKASAW COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INTENT TO SELL AND ABANDON A STRIP OF LAND 100 FEET IN WIDTH EXTENDING OVER AND ACROSS THE SW1/4 OF THE SW1/4 OF 33-94-11, SAID STRIP OF LAND BEING 50 FEET IN WIDTH ON EACH SIDE OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE MAIN TRACK (NOW REMOVED) OF THE MINNESOTA AND NORTH WESTERN RAIL ROAD COMPANY (LATER THE CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY, NOW THE CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY), AS SAID MAIN TRACK CENTER LINE WAS ORIGINALLY LOCATED AND ESTABLISHED OVER AND ACROSS SAID SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 94 NORTH, RANGE 11 WEST OF THE FIFTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN WHEREAS, Chickasaw County owns A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian which was previously referred to as a part of the Price Wildlife Habitat, and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa, have determined that the continued ownership of the above described real estate is a detriment to the citizens of Chickasaw County, Iowa, and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa, has determined that it is in the best interests of the citizens of Chickasaw County, Iowa, that the real estate described herein above be abandoned by Chickasaw County for the purpose of sale, and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa, has complied with Iowa Administrative Code 571-23.14(2) Land Disposal, and has the approval of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission to dispose of the land, and WHEREAS, Jeffery Brandt has tendered an offer for the purchase of the above described real estate owned by Chickasaw County, Iowa, in the amount of $3,979.14. WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of Chickasaw County, Iowa, to sell the real estate described as follows: A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian to the adjacent land owner, Jeffery Brandt, for the sum of $3,979.14 as set forth on the written offer to buy said property by Jeffery Brandt and that said property be abandoned by Chickasaw County, for purpose of said sale. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors of Chickasaw County, Iowa: 1. The best interests of the Chickasaw County, Iowa, and the citizens thereof require that formal action be taken for the abandonment and sale of A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian. 2. That the sale of said property described in paragraph 1 above, be completed with the sale of said property to Jeffery Brandt for the price of $3,979.14. 3. That the property subject to this sale be sold pursuant to the legal description provided for herein. That the buyer of said property shall be responsible for any survey at buyer’s expense if any discrepancy, dispute or concern of any nature regarding the property being subject to this sale at the present time or any future time exists. Additionally, the costs of obtaining or continuing an abstract of title to said property, as well as closing costs including but not limited to, attorney’s fees, recording fees and abstracting fees, will be at the expense of the buyer. 4. THAT THE BUYER IS PURCHASING SAID PROPERTY “AS IS”. 5. That at the present time, there is a determination by the fencing board that this property is to be fenced pursuant to Iowa Code Section 327G.81, unless the buyer uses said land for farming purposes. Buyer shall further indemnify, defend and hold Chickasaw County harmless from and against all demands, claims, actions, causes of actions, assessments, losses, damages, liabilities, costs asserted against, resulting to, imposed upon or incurred by Chickasaw County, directly or indirectly, previously determined or otherwise in regard to the fencing of the property for sale herein. 6. That a public hearing on the proposed sale of said property to Jeffery Brandt legally described as: A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian shall be held in the boardroom of the Chickasaw County Supervisors at the Chickasaw County Courthouse in New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa, at 11:00 o’clock a.m. on the 18th day of November, 2013. That at said public hearing, any citizen having objections to said sale may appear and make his or her objections known and any citizen wishing to make objections in writing may do so by filing the same with the Chickasaw County Auditor at the Chickasaw County Auditor’s Office in New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa, any time prior to 11:00 o’clock a.m. on November 18, 2013. 7. That the Chickasaw County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and the Chickasaw County Auditor be directed to sign all of the appropriate documents to transfer said real estate pursuant to the sale and abandonment described herein above. 8. That the legal notice to be published shall be identical to that attached to this Resolution marked Exhibit “A”. Exhibit “A” is incorporated herein as though set forth verbatim. DONE THIS 28TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2013, BY THE CHICKASAW COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, CHICKASAW COUNTY, IOWA, AT A MEETING HELD AT 11:00 O’CLOCK A.M. ON SAID DATE. AYES: /ss/ Rick Holthaus, Chairman Board of Supervisors, John Andersen, Jason Byrne, Tim Zoll, Steve Geerts. NAYS: None. ATTEST: /ss/ Joan E. Knoll, Chickasaw County Auditor. EXHIBIT “A” NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT AND SALE OF PROPERTY OWNED BY CHICKASAW COUNTY TO: ALL RESIDENTS OF CHICKASAW COUNTY, IOWA YOU AND EACH OF YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a meeting held on October 28, 2013, the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution No. 10-28-13-28 giving notice of its intent to consider the abandonment and sale of A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian. A public hearing on the acceptance of the sale will be held at 11:00 o’clock a.m. on November 18, 2013 in the Board of Supervisors room at the Chickasaw County Courthouse in New Hampton, Iowa. Written objections to the sale of A strip of land 100 feet in width extending over and across the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of 33-94-11, said strip of land being 50 feet in width on each side of the center line of the main track (now removed) of the Minnesota and North Western Rail Road Company (later the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, now the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), as said main track center line was originally located and established over and across said Section 33, Township 94 North, Range 11 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian may be filed with the Chickasaw County Auditor on or before November 18, 2013 at 11:00 o’clock a.m. SIGNED AT NEW HAMPTON, IOWA ON THIS 28th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2013. /ss/ Rick Holthaus, Chairman Board of Supervisors. ATTEST: /ss/ Joan E. Knoll, Chickasaw County Auditor Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to acknowledge the re-appointment of LeeAnne Schulz to the County Compensation Board as a member representing the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors effective July 1, 2013. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Received and filed Region 1 Customer Services Plan (Workforce). Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 12:13 PM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. The Board convened on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, with all members present: Byrne, Holthaus, Andersen, Geerts, and Zoll. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 AM by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed. Also present was a member from the media. Chairman Holthaus opened the quotes. Also present was Custodian Dave Gorman. Quotes were received from Dungey’s Furniture and Gifts in the amount of $ 1,180.02 and Paul Hackman in the amount of $1,267.06 to replace the carpet in the Magistrate’s Office. Discussion followed. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Zoll to accept the quote from Dungey’s Furniture and Gifts in the amount of $1,180.02 to replace the carpet in the Magistrate’s Office and to be paid out of the Clerk of Court budget. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Mr. Gorman also discussed with the Board the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner for the jail building. Discussion followed. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Andersen to authorize the purchase of a vacuum cleaner from Aerus LLC in the amount of $900.00 for the jail building. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Dave Gorman gave the Board an update on the roof project at the Community Services Building and the jail building. Mr. Gorman will contact the vendor for a status report and update the Board at a later date. Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board for a departmental update. One of the topics discussed had to do with the replacement property of the Price Wildlife Habitat Property. The appropriate documents are at IDNR for review and IDNR would like an appraisal done on the replacement property. Director Moore also reported that the Troyna restoration project still in progress-Brian received the permits from Army Corps of Engineers and the IDNR-Conservation department goal is to have the project completed by Thanksgiving, 2013. Director Moore also reported that the project having to do with the north entrance to the Nature Center is to be completed in two weeks, weather permitting. Director Moore also gave an update on the DOT issue. Supervisor Holthaus gave the Board an update on the Northeast Iowa Community Action meeting held on Monday, October 28, 2013. The Board received and filed an Annual Update Plan for Don Kurtenbach-Kurppy Ltd (ID#61912) in Section 20 of Stapleton Township located at 2145 Stanley Avenue, Lawler, IA 52154. Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 AM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion carried. The Board convened on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 1:00 PM with the following members present: Holthaus, Andersen, Byrne, and Geerts. Absent: Zoll. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed. Also present were Assessor Doug Welton, Engineer Dusten Rolando and member from the media IGHCP Director Denise Ballard and Associate Cindy Eveleth, Paul Greufe, the Board’s collective bargaining consultant from PJ Greufe & Associates, International Union of Operating Engineer Representative Cheryl Arnold, Union steward Joe Denner and Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Union Representative Kevin McCombs met with the Board to discuss the upcoming health insurance. Ms. Ballard gave an overview on the upcoming health insurance for January-December 2014 and January-June 2015. Discussion followed. There will be informational meetings scheduled in November for the employees. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve and offer the two health insurance options as prescribed in the IGHCP proposal. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to approve the liquor license for Poor Richards. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried. Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 2:00 PM. Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion carried. ____________________________________ Rick Holthaus, Chairman Board of Supervisors ATTEST: _______________________________________ Joan E. Knoll, Auditor
 
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