The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop meeting at on Monday, December 3, 2007 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:Chairman Dunkel, Supv. Enabnit and Supv. Staudt.
Enabnit/Staudt moved to amend the agenda to include discussion regarding the Charles City Area Development Corporation annual report and discussion on county board vacancies.Motion carried 3-0.Staudt/Enabnit moved to approve the agenda as amended.Motion carried 3-0.
Three representatives of the Floyd Co Librarian Association submitted a request of $81,500 in funding from the County for FY09.This is an increase of $5,000.County libraries have not received an increase in funding for 20 plus years.Materials reviewed included a report from each library showing staffing, equipment, and programs.
Scott Dight, Matt Ross and Travis Thomas presented the Floyd County Fair Society annual report for the year ending Sept 2007 and projections for FY08.Fair Boards are now mandated to put in hand washing stations due to sanitary/health concerns.This affects a minimum of four locations at the Floyd County Fairgrounds at approximately $1,500 per station plus the cost of signage.
Snow removal for the Veteranís Memorial was discussed.The Board believes clearing a path from the courthouse to the street sidewalk should be sufficient rather than cleaning snow around each memorial.Art White, Veteranís Committee representative, presented a memo from Jeff Rhea regarding care and maintenance of the new concrete pavers.Rhea recommends using a snowblower with a hard plastic cutting edge to prevent damage to the pavers.White said the committee is willing to purchase a snowblower for the custodians to use since the Countyís equipment has a metal edge.John Howe, Custodian, made recommendations for the new snowblower.Concrete-friendly chemicals must be used for melting snow/ice on the pavers.A less expensive product than the liquid ice melt the county currently uses in some areas of the property is being researched.
The Board discussed whether to mandate training for all employees on policies such as sexual harassment and how to react to employees who refuse to take training.This will be acted on at the December 11 meeting.
The Board reviewed the 2007 Weed Commissionerís Report and Chairman Dunkel signed the report.
The Auditor updated the Board on November 2008 state mandates for voting equipment.Options include: 1) purchasing add-on components to the TSX (touchscreen) units so the equipment will provide voters with a paper tape to view his/her votes; 2) purchasing ballot marking devices (BMD) that print the voterís ballot selections on an actual ballots that are then fed into the optical scanner unit.Estimated costs for the TSX upgrades are approximately $6-700/unit and the estimated costs for switching to the BMD is approximately $5,000. Both the TSX and BMD satisfy the requirements of HAVA and the Americans with Disabilities Act.The state will be able to reimburse all of the cost of the add-on components for the TSX and, at minimum, at least that much toward the purchase of BMDs for counties who switch their ADA compliant equipment.Federally, legislatures are considering banning all TSX equipment and mandating paper ballot systems nationwide but they will likely not take such action until at least 2010.The Auditor mentioned that things to consider when budgeting are funding for a portion of the BMDs is available now and wonít be available later and that Governor Culver recently made comments about going to an ďall mail ballotĒ state, eliminating the need for all the equipment but this would take years to move to that type of system.
The Board noted the wage increase for Cynthia Kellogg, Home Health Care Aide, from $8.91 to $9.41 effective December 1, per completion of her 6-month probationary period.
The Board noted the receipt of the Charles City Area Development Corporation Independent Auditorís Report of Financial Statement and Schedule of Findings for FY07.
The Board discussed the Supervisorís District II Supervisors Meeting that will be held this Thursday.
The Board discussed potential candidates for the Board of Health vacancy and individuals who would like to continue to serve on other county boards.
A motion was made by Supervisor Staudt and seconded by Supervisor Enabnit to adjourn.Motion carried 3-0.