Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

August 3, 2009, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2009, in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Staudt, Supv Dunkel and Supv Enabnit. 

Enabnit/Dunkel moved to amend the agenda to discuss wind energy conservation, Nora Springs 28E agreement for law enforcement, township information and courthouse building project grant update.  Motion carried 3-0.  Dunkel/Enabnit moved to approve the agenda as amended.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Supv Dunkel informed the Board about a complaint regarding rural property that appears to be used as commercial property.  The complainant believes the yard lights and semis coming and going all hours of the day and night have caused a decrease in value of surrounding properties.  Supv Dunkel checked with Bruce Hovden, County Assessor, who said the property is not zoned for commercial use and is being taxed as ag and could only be changed if the business was surveyed off.  Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Addressing/Sanitarian, said he has no record of the property being used under the “conditional use” terms.  Sherman will visit with the County Attorney to see if he has any suggestions on how to handle that the property is being used according to county ordinances.  

Supv Staudt commented that through an RC&D meeting a tour was taken to Phyllis Kelly’s acreage.  Kelly was the recipient of a RC&D grant for wind energy conservation.  Supv Staudt commented that there are still grants available and thinks the county should consider using wind energy for the Rockford Fossil and Prairie Center.  Supv Dunkel will visit with Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director.

The Board reviewed a proposed 28E agreement for law enforcement between the City of Nora Springs and Floyd County.  A fee of $25 per hour and a September 1 start date was proposed.  The Board will act on this at the August 11 Board meeting.

The Auditor update the Board on the inquiry about how other counties handle paying township trustees for time they spend at fire and cemetery meetings.  Responses from County Auditors varied drastically from one county to the next.  At last week’s conference, a legislative proposal was written to clarify this issue in the Code of Iowa, asking that trustees and clerks be paid from a township levy rather than the county’s general or rural services fund levies.  Another legislative proposal presented by an Auditor’s liaison to the legislature was for the legislatures to identify a committee to review the township structure with respect to the number of elected officials in the state of Iowa. 

The Auditor informed the Board that a preservation architect will be coming next week to look at the courthouse.  His services are needed before we can apply for a historical preservation grant for the courthouse window project.

Future agenda items:  1934 Special Edition Constitution Lithograph presentation and meeting with the Charles City and Floyd Fire Departments.

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, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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