The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for special session at on Monday, November 24, 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.
The Board noted the receipt of a letter from the DNR regarding Christiansen Farms (F 107) construction permit to expand the hog confinement operation.The DNR returned the application to Christiansen Farms due to a rule that deems an expansion or modification must not occur for one year after completion of the last construction or modification at the operation if a permit was not required for the last construction or modification.Christiansen Farms will need to reapply for a permit after the one-year time period if they intend to expand.
The Board noted the receipt of a letter from the DNR regarding Wesley, Inc construction permit.The DNR has approved the permit.Marilyn Isakson and Paul and Jackie Ritter expressed concerns about the air quality, water issues and saturation of confinements in the area.The Board has 14 days from the receipt of the letter to appeal the DNR’s decision to the Environmental Protection Commission.Staudt/Enabnit moved to not appeal to the EPC regarding Wesley, Inc. construction permit.Motion carried 2-1 with Supv Dunkel opposing.Supv Dunkel offered to write a “public comment” letter to the EPC on behalf of the people opposing more confinements in the area.
Bill Vorhes informed the Board about his cattle losing their hair due to a chemical reaction, rather than a parasite, which was determined by skin sample testing.Vorhes also claims cattle are aborting calves, immune systems are compromised, and deer are also losing hair from what he believes to be something in the soil, possibly from aphid chemical spraying.Vorhes has been in contact with his veterinarian, the DNR, Iowa Public Health and feels like the nothing is being done and he believes this is a health issue.Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E-911 Director/Sanitarian, will contact the State Veterinarian, Vorhes veterinarian and other agencies to see what has been done so far and what testing can be done to address the issue.
Gail Arjes, Public Health/Home Health Care Director, informed the Board about paying back approximately $26,423 to Medicaid for overpayment of fees.
The Board noted a wage increase from $9.32 per hour to $9.82 per hour for Dale Gillespie, Home Health Care Aide, effective November 19, 2008 after completion of her six-month probationary period.
The Board noted the FY08 annual report from the FloydCountyMemorialHospital, d/b/a FloydCountyMedicalCenter. Supv Dunkel made comments about information not included in the report.
Tom O’Brien and Donielle Jarvela, Auxiant representatives, provided a 9-month review of the County health insurance costs.Discussion included selection of a stop loss carrier for 2009, adding benefits such as vision care to the plan, and setting premiums for FY10.
A motion was made by Supervisor Staudt and seconded by Supervisor Dunkel to adjourn.Motion carried 3-0.