Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting

July 17, 2006, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2006 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Staudt. Supv. Dunkel, and Supv. Enabnit.

Dunkel/Enabnit moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 3-0.

Supv Dunkel presented his concern of commercial and residential rural properties getting tax advantages of the slough bill.  Bruce Hovden, County Assessor, said the slough bill allows for applicants, according to Iowa Code, to apply with the Soil and Conservation office for properties where two acres or more are not pastured and have no economic profit on the property.  Hovden said the Code does not allow the county to provide this exemption to only farmers and not commercial and residential property owners but the Board could abolish the passing of a resolution every year and not offer the slough bill exemption at all.  Hovden said approximately 20 counties offer the slough bill.  Supv Dunkel will contact a representative from the FSA office for more information.

City of Charles City representatives, Ralph Smith and Tracy Meise, presented information regarding the water line project to VeraSun.  The SW TIF Board met this morning regarding extending the SW TIF District to Vera Sun.  This will allow for TIF money to be available for the water line.  Funding for the water line will be from VeraSun paying 55% of the cost and the SW TIF district paying 45% of the cost but having a cap on the costs.  The city will sell water at a reduced rate to VeraSun since they do not have the construction costs of the project and will enter into a 15-year lease-purchase agreement.  No bonding will need to be done for this project.  Because of the lease-purchase agreement, the Code of Iowa requires public hearings.  At the July 25, Board meeting, the Board will consider a memorandum of agreement, consider a resolution approving plans, specifications, contract documents and set a public hearing and letting with intentions of the hearing being set for August 8.

The Auditor reported that the County Attorney advised the Board not sign a 28E agreement with the public libraries within the County as the agreement is not valid for purposes under Iowa Code 28E where joint Boards exercise powers.  The Board concurred that the County does not serve on a joint board with the library and provides money as grants only for funding the libraries.  The Auditor will contact Virginia Ruzicka, Charles City Library.

The Board discussed candidates for an alternate to the NIHRA Board.  Supv Dunkel informed the Board that Pat Peterson will be serving on the North Iowa Mental Health Center Board.

The Board noted fees collected from the Clerk of Court in the amount of $500.63 for Sheriff Fees; $472.10 for Surcharge and $913.76 for Treasurer.

Tom Kennison questioned what is happening with closing the bridge on 110th Street.  Supv Dunkel stated that Rolando is waiting for a letter on Calhoun and Burnes’ recommendation on what to do with the bridge.

Supv Dunkel updated the Board on the cable cut and his efforts to communicate with telephone providers. 

Future agenda items:  2nd Street property. 

A motion was made by Supervisor Enabnit and seconded by Supervisor Dunkel to adjourn.  Motion carried 3-0.


ATTEST:  _________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                            Leo B. Staudt, Chairman

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors




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