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Monday, February 9, 2015 - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

                                                             

 

 

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

FEBRUARY 9 & 10, 2015

 

The Board convened on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9:30 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.   Also present were two members from the media.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to approve agenda for February 9 & 10, 2015.   Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to approve board minutes of February 2-5, 2015.   Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

The Board proceeded to canvass the Hawkeye Community College Special Election held on February 3, 2015.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to approve the canvass of Hawkeye Community College Special Election held on February 3, 2015 and authorize Auditor to certify results to the State and record in permanent Election Register.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Zoll, Seconded by Geerts to suspend the property taxes for county client as per the recommendation of Megan Taets.   Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to set the public hearing for the FY 2015-2016 county budget for March 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM. in the Board Room on the 2nd Floor of the Courthouse.    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; 2-2-15 everything out at 5:00-5:30 AM; 2-3-15 one ways out at 12:30 PM; 2-3-15  motorgraders out normal hours; 2-4-15 one ways out at 5:30 AM; 2-14-15 motorgraders out normal hours; 2-5-15 one ways, motorgraders out at 7:00 AM; fixing mailboxes; putting new signs away, inventory; replacing faded signs; mixed salt and sand; 2-8-15 one ways out 8:45-11:35 AM; brushing across county, when no snow operations; B-22 box culvert design; safety meeting at shop; old plans, bridges, Calhoun-Burns; seal coat plans, design, measurements, South Linn; Department Head meeting; mechanic applications; rock letting in March, etc.

 

Sheila Kobliska met with the Board for a departmental update.  Ms. Kobliska informed the Board of the changes in the County Social Services (CSS). Sheila Kobliska informed the Board that a 28E Chickasaw-Mitchell joint meeting to discuss the dissolving of the 28E agreement and the changes for the employees in the two counties should be scheduled.  Ms. Kobliska will continue to update the Board.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve Resolution for calling for additional funding on Reallocation of Current Funding for Crisis Stabilization beds in the State of Iowa.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.  RESOLUTION  NO. 2-6-15-06 RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING ON REALLOCATION OF CURRENT FUNDING FOR CRISIS STABILIZATION BEDS IN THE STATE OF IOWA.WHEREAS: The State of Iowa has issued funding used for the creation/allocation of Crisis Stabilization Beds in the State of Iowa; and WHEREAS: The Board of Supervisors in Chickasaw County recognizes that the current mental health system in Iowa lacks enough bed space to respond appropriately in situations where individuals alleged to be seriously mentally impaired and/or suffering from substance abuse related disorders are in a state of immediate crisis and as a result are not receiving necessary treatment; and WHEREAS: The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, County Social Services and other agencies have repeatedly encountered situations where individuals alleged to be seriously mentally ill and/or suffering from a substance abuse related disorders who pose a danger to themselves or others are being imprisoned, given minimal treatment and released or sent directly back out into the public- not because they don’t need treatment/involuntary commitment, but because there is not enough bed space and treatment resources available in the State of Iowa to address these needs; and WHEREAS:  Dual diagnosis is a very common occurrence in the State of Iowa, where an individual suffers from both a serious mental illness and a substance abuse related disorder, yet dual diagnosis bed space in the State of Iowa is sparse; and WHEREAS: Individuals who do receive treatment for the purposes of stabilization are not being provided with the necessary follow-up care to maintain stabilization, resulting in additional mental health/substance abuse episodes, which creates an unnecessary financial burden on the County/State through emergency hospitalizations, incarcerations, etc.; and WHEREAS: The Board of Supervisors believes it would be beneficial to establish a panel comprised of representatives from the Department of Correctional Services, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, County Social Services, local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Inspections and Appeals to address the shortcomings in the currently established protocol for involuntary commitments and treatment plans; and WHEREAS: The ultimate goal of the Board of Supervisors is to establish a cooperative mental health treatment system which provides efficient services to those individuals alleged to be seriously mentally ill and/or suffering from a substance abuse related disorder so as to avoid danger to said individuals and the public and utilizes funds in a fiscally responsible manner by placing focus on providing necessary emergency treatment and aftercare treatment up front, without the need for repeated emergency room visits and applications for involuntary commitments.  NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors that efforts shall be taken by Chickasaw County to urge the State of Iowa to reallocate current funds or allocate additional funds for the purpose of establishing additional beds in Iowa and additional treatment resources for those with mental health and substance abuse needs, including the urging of creating a panel to address said shortcomings and reallocations of funds. PASSED AND ADOPTED this 6th day of February, 2015. /ss/ Rick Holthaus, Chairman, Board of Supervisors.  ATTEST:  Joan E. Knoll, Auditor

 

Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office a short form annual updates for Larry Nilges (ID # 68031) in Section 5 of Sumner Township located at 1022 Usher Avenue, Sumner, IA 50674.

 

County Attorney Pat Wegman met with Board for a departmental update.  Mr. Wegman informed the Board that he received 13 applications for the Legal/Paralegal position.

 

The Board received and acknowledged the resignation of Tammy Schnurr effective February 10, 2015.

 

The Board recessed at 11:55 AM and reconvened at 1:00 PM

 

Budget Worksession.

 

Supervisor Andersen left at 2:45 PM

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Carolan to adjourn the meeting at 2:55 PM.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board convened on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:30 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.   

 

Budget worksession.

 

The Board allowed claims

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to adjourn the meeting at 11:36 AM.  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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