Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

June 16, 2008, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2008 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Enabnit, Supv. Staudt and Supv. Dunkel.

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

Bob Tumilson, Mayor of Rockford, Diane Marker, Councilperson for City of Rockford, Rick Lynch, County Sheriff, and the Board discussed law enforcement for Rockford.  The current contract requiring Rockford to pay $50,000 per year expires June 30, 2008.  Marker presented a letter to the Board requesting their annual fee be lowered to $10,000, still almost four times what other cities in the county are paying per capita.  Discussion included services provided, an election for citizens to vote on implementing a law enforcement levy, and a timeline to make a decision on the annual fee.  Lynch, the County Attorney and the City will work on a contract to be presented to the Board by July 1 or a one month extension may be granted if need be.

Bob Pritchard, property owner who received notice from the Niles Township trustees and the County Attorney regarding a fence dispute, discussed his position regarding the condition of the fence around his property.  Pritchard is erecting telephone poles approximately 30 feet apart with two steel fence posts in between.   He believes he is making good progress and should have all but 25 rods in by this weekend but could in no practical way meet the June 15 date as directed in the notice.  The Board explained Iowa Code requirements, including the county’s/township’s right to erect the fence and add the cost to Pritchard’s property taxes if the fence is not in proper condition.  The Board suggested that Pritchard keep the Trustees informed of his progress and let them know when he plans to have the fence completed.

Bob Watson, Decorah, spoke to the Board about CAFO’s or confinements.  Watson and Larry Stone have met with approximately 15 boards throughout the state in effort to bring to the supervisor’s attention ways in which counties may address confinement issues within the realm of existing protocols.  Watson claims to no try to enforce an ordinance or regulate agriculture but address the interface between industrial poisons and the public.  He asks for support in changing law language, a moratorium on confinements, an Environmental Impact Statement, and that the county looks into enforcing existing federal and state laws.  Watson provided a CD and handouts to support this effort.  Five residents residing in the northeast section of the county attended the meeting and spoke of concerns.  Steve Farmer requested hat the board appeal to the Environmental Protection Commission on the current Knapp Finishers LLC application and any additional operators who apply for permits. 

The Board discussed a concern that came up after the June 10th Board meeting regarding the scoring of the Master Matrix for Knapp Finishers LLC.  Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Addressing/Sanitarian Director, will be meeting with a representative from the DNR on Thursday, June 19 to review the distance from the confinement site to an area where footings for a cottage have been poured on Steve Farmer’s property.  The deadline for submitting the matrix is June 20.  If need be, an emergency meeting will be scheduled for June 19 or 20 if the concern has an impact on the scoring. 

The Board discussed compliance with the Smokefree Air Act.  The Auditor will be attending a statewide smoke-free law ICN workshop for Iowa Business Owners on June 23 and report back specific requirements related to county government.

The Board discussed flood damage including two bridges gone and the Engineer’s office waiting for water to go do to look at others.  The Auditor will visit with the City on a joint project of repairing the parking lot on the county’s property and wall and sidewalk washout on the city’s property.  The county will continue with clean up in rural areas.  There will be another meeting tomorrow morning at CVTC. 

The Board noted the receipt of the Iowa Department of Corrections letter regarding the jail inspection conducted on May 27, 2008.  The letter references Iowa Administrative Code sections, comments and recommendations for corrective action regarding standard operating procedures manual changes that went into effect in December 2005.  Overall, the jail has major improvements since the last inspection, was very clean, well maintained and managed, and documentation was current and available for inspection.  Upon completion of the corrective actions, the jail will be in compliance with Chapter 201-50 of the Iowa Administrative Code.

The Board noted $1,738.79 in fees collected by the Clerk of Court for May 2008.

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


ATTEST:  _________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                            Arlin V. Enabnit, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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