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Monday, January 12, 2015 - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

                                                             

 

 

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

JANUARY 12 & 13, 2015

 

The Board convened on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM with all members present:  Geerts, Carolan, Holthaus, Andersen, and Zoll.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus.   Mail was opened and distributed.   At 9:30 AM two members from the media was also present.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to approve agenda for January 12 & 13, 2015.   Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve board minutes of January 5, 6, & 8, 2015.   Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Supervisor Holthaus gave an overview of the County operations.  Also present was Sue Breitbach, Kathy Babcock, Dusten Rolando, Dave Gorman, Staci Schutte, Pat Wegman, Doug Welton, Marty Hemann and Dave Jacobsen.  Ken Rasing informed the Board the importance that Chickasaw County shows a “positive” attitude and not a “negative” attitude. Supervisor Holthaus informed the Board the importance of working together as a “team player” and what is best for Chickasaw County.  Discussion followed.

 

Chickasaw County Historical Society Representative Ruth Lienemann met with the Board to present FY 2015-16 budget request in the amount of $ 4500.00. The request was received and placed on file for consideration within the context of the total county budget.  Also present was Ann Fails, Leitha Springer and Dennis Litterer.

 

Supervisor Holthaus gave the Board an update on the Webinar from Wellmark.

 

Veteran Affairs Director Dave Jacobsen met with the Board to review FY 2015-2016 budget.  Motion by Zoll to give a two percent (2%) increase to the Veterans Affairs Director salary.  Discussion followed.  Motion died for lack of second.  Supervisor Carolan asked Dave Jacobsen the number of clients per week.  Mr. Jacobsen response was 7 to 8 clients per week plus phone calls.  Mr. Jacobsen also informed the Board that there are fewer than 1000 veterans in Chickasaw County.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to give a three percent (3%) increase to Veterans Affairs Director salary.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Leave of Absence for the Veterans Affairs Director.  It was the consensus of the Board to acknowledge the Leave of Absence from January 29, 2015 to March 10, 2015 for Veterans Affairs Director Dave. Jacobsen.

 

Data Processing Manager Doug Welton met with the Board to review FY 2015-2016 budget. 

 

Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board for a departmental update.  Brian Moore reported that three members of the Board were present on January 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the Twin Ponds Nature Center.  Mr. Moore  informed the Board of Supervisors that the Conservation Board appointed Bridget Edson to replace Mike Caswell as the new trustee to the Lawrence Hruska  Arrowhead Trust.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that action on the change of time was deferred until the February meeting.  Brian Moore informed the Board that action on the host camper position at Split Rock was deferred until the February meeting.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that the proposal to increase camping rates at Split Rock as follows: Non electrical $12.00 per night and electrical $15.00 per night and at Airport Lake as follows: Non electrical $10.00 per night and electrical $12.00 per night. The Conservation Board will review the camping rates at the Airport Lake at a later date.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that the agreement with Tom Madden with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SHE) Yaggy was signed for design of the leachfield/dump station for the campground at Airport Lake.  Brian Moore also informed the Board that the Secondary Road Department proposal in the amount of $3,500.00 to place a driveway on the Hugh Property of the Gilmore Wapsi Access will be completed sometime this Spring and the driveway will be west of the bridge.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that there is no more new information of the DOT ground and will do a follow up with the IDNR.

 

The Board recessed at 12:08 PM and reconvened at 1:30 PM.

 

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; plowing snow and cleaning drifts; 1-6-15 everything out at 5:30 AM; 1-7-15 everything out at 7:00 AM; 1-8-15 one ways out from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM;1-9-15 everything out at 5:30 PM; sand delivered this week; pushing back this week; cleaning up; cleaning up snow in the yard; repair signs as needed; HMA recertification in Mason City; day labor projects, quotes; budge review today for FY 16; bridge foreman interviews, decide this week; etc

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adopt Resolution to support of increased funding for our roads/highways/ bridges through the State of Iowa’s Road Use Tax fund (RUTF) and authorize Chairman Signature.  Roll Call:  Ayes: Andersen, Carolan, Geerts, And Holthaus.  Nays: Zoll.  Motion Carried. Iowa State Association of County Supervisors Resolution 01-12-15-04 WHEREAS, the Iowa Association of County Supervisors recognizes that a high quality transportation system serves as the artery for economic activity and that the condition of the infrastructure in the State of Iowa is a key element for our future economic growth; and WHEREAS, an integral part of the State of Iowa’s Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) is the fuel tax, which has not been significantly increased since 1989, while maintenance and construction costs have more than doubled during that same timeframe; and WHEREAS, there have been several state-wide studies completed over the past 10 years identifying the requirement to significantly increase the amount of funding for the administration, maintenance and improvements to our state-wide public roadway system, including the 2006 Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) study, the 2011 Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) study completed per 2011 Iowa Code Section 307.31, and the 2011 Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission (CAC) created by Governor Branstad; and WHEREAS, the 2008 TIME-21 study documented the fact that under today’s funding structure and highway usage, over 20% of the travel done in Iowa is by out-of-state drivers while only 13% of the state’s road use revenues come from out of state drivers; and WHEREAS, the funding provided by the implementation of the TIME-21 Fund in 2009 is inadequate to meet the critical maintenance and improvements needs for the State of Iowa’s transportation system; and WHEREAS, 95% of Road Use Tax Fund revenues are required by the Iowa Constitution to be spent only on our roadways; and WHEREAS, due to the severe shortage in state funding to meet the critical needs of our roadway system, several Iowa counties have had to resort to issuing millions of dollars of bonds to pay for their most critical maintenance needs, which will have to be paid off through property taxes; and WHEREAS, the 2011 Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Council report to Governor Branstad and the Iowa Legislature identified the need for at least $215 million per year of increased funding over the next 20 years, in addition to the funding being provided by the TIME-21 revenues, just to meet the most critical needs of our transportation infrastructure; and WHEREAS, the Iowa Good Roads Association, the Iowa County Engineer’s Association, and numerous business related associations throughout Iowa have publicly supported the call for increased RUTF funding; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors and the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors strongly encourages the implementation a long-term, sustainable transportation funding solution to address the critical needs of our infrastructure system. 1.  Provide adequate state-wide funding to offset the projected shortfall for our most critical needs of over $215 million annually through an increase of the motor fuel tax revenues.  2.  Enable the Iowa Department of Transportation to provide primary highway funds to counties and cities in lieu of federal funds, providing increased efficiencies for state and local governments. 3.  Increase the permit fee for oversize/overweight vehicles.  4.  New funding should be distributed consistent with the Road Use Tax Fund distribution formula.  And, BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors and the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors support the ongoing evaluation of creative, supplemental solutions to increased RUTF funding.  Resolved this 12th day of January, 2015. County of Chickasaw, Iowa /ss/ Rick Holthaus, Chairman.  Attest:  /ss/ Joan E. Knoll, County Auditor.

 

County Engineer Dusten Roland met with the Board to review FY 2015-16 budget.

 

Member from the media left at 2:30 PM.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 PM.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board convened on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM with all members present:  Geerts, Zoll, Holthaus, Carolan, and Andersen.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Holthaus. Mail was opened and distributed.   At 9:50 AM a member from the media was present.

 

Dave Gorman met with the Board to review FY 2015-16 budgets for the Community Services Building and General Services (Courthouse).

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Carolan to approve a three percent (3%) increase for Dave Gorman.  Discussion followed.  No vote action was taken.

 

Land Use Administrator Staci Schutte met with the Board to review FY 2015-16 budget.

 

County Librarians met with the Board to present their FY 2015-16 budget funding request.  Those present were Jane McGrane, Ionia Public Library Director, Cathy Humpal, Lawler Public Library Director, Katherine Rich, Fredericksburg Public Library Director, Roger Hucke and Angela Nelson Board Members Fredericksburg Public Library, Pat Ipsen, New Hampton Public Library Director, Kris Griffin Board Member New Hampton Public Library, Heather Hackman, Nashua Public Library Director, and Parveen Karim, Alta Vista Public Library Director.  Jane McGrane acted as spokesperson.  The request of $ 115,493.00 was received and placed on file for consideration within the total context of the FY 2015-16 county budget.

 

The Board recessed at 11:10 AM to attend New Hampton Industrial Development Corporation annual meeting luncheon at Big Ed’s Firehouse and reconvened at 1:00 PM.

 

Ken Rasing met with the Board to review FY 2015-16 Sanitation, Medical Examiners, Care Facility and Data Base budgets.

 

Treasurer Sue Breitbach met with the Board for review and approval of Semi Annual Report, with discussion following and review of bank balances.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve Treasurer’s semi-annual report ending December 31, 2014, subject to audit.   Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried

 

The Board reviewed the quarterly reports for Auditor, Recorder and Sheriff.

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Andersen to approve quarterly reports ending December 31, 2014 for Auditor, Recorder and Sheriff, subject to audit.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Sheriff Todd Miller met with the Board to discuss the hiring of the Jail Supervisor and the need to hire a full time dispatcher.  Also present was Chief Deputy Marty Hemann.

 

Sheriff Miller and Hemann informed the Board that there were eight (8) outside applicants and one (1) inside applicant within the department that applied for the position.   Discussion followed.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to acknowledge the hiring of Keri Stephan as Jail Supervisor at the salary of $35,360.00 effective January 27, 2015 as per the recommendation of the County Sheriff.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

It was the consensus of the Board to continue the hiring process of a full time dispatcher position in the sheriff’s department.

 

The Board received and filed a short form annual updates for Christensen Farms-F093 (ID # 61484) in Section 25 of Cedar East Township located at 3375 120th Street, Charles City, IA 50616.

 

The Board received and filed a short form annual updates for H.P. Wiley Site (ID # 59391) in Section 25 of New Hampton Township located at 2348 Quinlan Avenue, Fredericksburg, IA 50630.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 3:15 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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