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COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

JUNE 1 & 2, 2015

 

The Board convened on Monday, June 1, 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 Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to approve agenda for June 1 & 2, 2015.   Roll Call:  All Ayes:  Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to approve board minutes of May 25 &26, 2015.   Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board to discuss the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Authority.  Also present was County Engineer Dusten Rolando.  Supervisor Andersen has been in contact with Watershed Authority Secretary Elaine Hughes to obtain more information on the project.  Mr. Andersen informed the Board that the goal is to develop a comprehensive plan for the Wapsipinicon River Watershed Authority to improve the water quality and reduce flooding.  Brian Moore informed the Board that water samples will be taken at various locations on the Wapsipinicon River at least once a month (same date of the month). The Board suggested that the costs be split between the entities (Board of Supervisors, Soil and Water Conservation District and the Conservation Department). A meeting is scheduled for June 24, 2015.  Mr. Andersen will update the Board after the meeting of the costs, water samples to be collected and locations, etc.  It is the consensus of the Board to participate in the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Authority Project. 

 

One member from the media left at 9:50 AM.

 

The County Engineer Dusten Rolando met with the Board to discuss road departmental activities.  Topics included:  maintenance and service of vehicles; maintenance of gravel, Memorial Day Holiday; entrance permits in various locations; ditch cleaning permits in various areas; work orders, Ivanhoe Ave. driveway work; mow lawns at the out shops; sign repairs as needed; opened up detour on V-48; hauled rock to the yard; spot rocking in various areas; motorgraders out after rain; Division 4 contract rock next week maybe; bridge repair in various spots; V-48, longitudinal subdrains started; HMA starting maybe this Wednesday; bridge deck overlays letting next week; review budget FY 15; etc.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Andersen to approve the permit for Butler County REC to convert overhead electric service to underground at 2153 Panora Avenue in New Hampton Township as per the recommendation of County Engineer.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to approve the permit for Telecom Construction for  Century Link to place buried cable in the county Right of Way along 160th Street for 1540 Beaumont Avenue in Deerfield Township as per the recommendation of the County Engineer.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Carolan, Seconded by Andersen to approve the permit for Hawkeye REC to place buried cable in the county right of way at 1020 Pembroke Avenue in Jacksonville Township as per the recommendation of County Engineer.  Roll Call:  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Carolan to acknowledge the hiring of Megan Fitzgerald as a Part-time On-Call Homemaker Aide as per union contract effective June 1, 2015.  Roll Call:  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Motion by Carolan, Seconded by Geerts to acknowledge the change of status from Part-time scheduled Nurse to Part-time On-Call Nurse for Kathy Feuling effective July 1, 2015.  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

Member from the media returned at 10:50 AM.

 

Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel met with the Board for an update on the Upper Cedar River Watershed/Beaver Creek Project.  Also present was the County Engineer.  Mr. Huegel reported to the Board that there was a joint meeting with Floyd County on May 26, 2015 at which he and Supervisor Holthaus attended.  Mr. Huegel informed the Board that there are a total of six properties of which five are located in Chickasaw County.  Mr. Huegel informed the Board that this is a five year program and the total cost of the project is $1.6 million dollars. Mr. Huegel informed the Board that the Abstractor Wally Murphy will review the five property sites located in the Chickasaw County (lien search) along with the County Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Huegel informed the Board that the Floyd County will administer the project and will be fiscal agent on the project.  Mr. Huegel will update the Board on the progress of the project.

 

Supervisor Andersen reviewed with the Board the Chickasaw County Tourism Agreement.  Mr. Andersen informed the Board that the Agreement expires June 30, 2015.  Mr. Andersen informed the Board that the updated agreement will be for two years and updated language changes.  Mr. Andersen will give the Chickasaw County Tourism Director/Coordinator the revised agreement for review.  The Board will take action on the updated agreement at the end of June.

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 11:15 AM.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.

 

The Board convened on Tuesday, June 2, 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 was a member from the media.

 

Supervisor Geerts left the meeting at 9:35 AM.

 

Ken Rasing met with the Board for a Courthouse Security Update.  Also present were Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel and Custodian Dave Gorman.

 

Ken Rasing reviewed a quote from RC Systems, Inc. to purchase an additional 24 panic buttons in the amount of $1,991.00.  Discussion followed. 

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Carolan to purchase an additional 24 panic buttons for the Courthouse from RC Systems, Inc. in the amount of $1,991.00 which includes installation as presented in the Guidelines for Court Security in Iowa and upon the recommendation of the Courthouse Security Committee.  Roll Call:  Ayes: Zoll, Andersen, Carolan and Holthaus.  Absent:  Geerts.  Motion Carried.

 

Ken Rasing also discussed with the Board the purchase of two facial recognition cameras. Discussion followed.  It was the consensus of the Board that Custodian Dave Gorman contact the vendor to investigate the blockage in the underground pipe before the purchase of the two cameras.

 

 

Supervisor Geerts returned at 11:10 AM.

Todd Miller met with the Board to discuss the purchase of a portable A/C unit for the Jail Building.  Also present were Ken Rasing and Chief Deputy Marty Hemann and Assistant Mark Huegel.  Discussion followed.  Ken Rasing will contact a vendor to investigate and/or look at other options and update the Board at a later date of his findings.

 

Todd Miller also discussed with the Board the equipment for the new vehicle for the Sheriff’s department.  The Board reviewed and discussed the quote from EMS One Electronic Engineering and it was the consensus of the Board that the Sheriff purchase the equipment for the new vehicle of the Sheriff’s Department.

 

Sheriff Todd Miller also reviewed with the Board a quote from Blue Ridge Truck Parts & Storage for a 2004 Chevy box in the amount of $1450.00.  Discussion followed.  It was the consensus of the Board to purchase the 2004 Chevy box.

 

Conservation Director Brian Moore met with the Board for a department update.  Also present was Assistant County Attorney Mark Huegel.  Brian Moore informed the Board that Brian Finnegan and his son Josh Finnegan met with the Conservation Board to discuss the construction of a 10’ x 40’ gravel ramp (not a concrete ramp) at Chickasaw Park as an Eagle Scout Project.  Brian Moore has to send the application to the Army Corp of Engineers for approval.  Brian Moore informed the Board that the completion date for the Eagle Scout Project is October 2016.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that he contacted Mr. Hanawalt to clean the fallen timber at Jenn Timber.  Mr. Hanawalt has not start the project as of yet and there was no time frame to complete the project.  Brian Moore informed the Board that Mr. Lehmkuhl with Lehmkuhl Forestry of Ridgeway is continuing to finish the crop tree release on Wapsi Junction and plans to have the project completed by the first part of June.  Mr. Moore informed the Board the County Attorney Office has prepared a Memorandum of Understanding and a management plan for the property.  The Conservation Board also discussed names for property.  Brian Moore informed the Board that a gravel pad with electricity hook ups and sewer and water is complete at Split Rock Park Campground.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that the Conservation Board received two applicants for the position of Host Camper.  Brian Moore would like to have the Host Camper trained within the next month.  Mr. Moore informed the Board that work has begun on the footings, lines for the septic system, and water lines at the Airport Lake. Brian will talk to the County Engineer’s Office regarding black dirt that has been stockpiled and possibly use some the stockpiled black dirt for Airport Lake project.  Brian Moore informed the Board that Brian Finnegan is preparing a proposal regarding some damaged tiles at the Gilmore Wapsi Access to be reimbursed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources up to $5,000.00.  Brian Moore informed the Board that the Conservation Board received the following quotes for a new ¾ ton pickup.  The quotes were as follows:  Double cab: Vern Laures Auto Center, Inc. $29,473.66 and K & W Motors Ltd $29,750.00; Extended cab: Vern Laures Auto Center, Inc. $28,198.00 and K & W. Motors Ltd $27,985.00.  The Conservation Board made a motion to purchase the Double cab ¾ ton pickup from Vern Laures Auto Center, Inc. in the amount of $29,473.66.

 

The Board allowed claims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion by Andersen, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn the meeting at 11:32 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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