Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

October 13, 2009, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 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 approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Dunkel/Enabnit moved to approve the September 21, 22, 28 and October 5, 2009 minutes.  Motion carried 3-0.

Enabnit/Dunkel moved to approve the following claims:  County #874-1096, Secondary Roads #11989-12051 and MH-DD #58716-58737.  Motion carried 3-0. 

As a follow up to the September 22 meeting and after visiting with the Assessor, Gil White asked to be on the agenda last week for the Board to abate property taxes on lots on the east side of Charles City owned by GDSJ, Inc..  White stopped in the office yesterday afternoon requesting that the Board table action as he will not be able to attend the meeting.  At the Boardís request the Auditor provided the following information:  Two parcels, approximately 72 and 59 acres, are valued as agriculture property and taxed at the Ag rate with taxes payable for FY10 of $1,182 and $944, respectively; one single lot has an Ag value of $2,000 which the Assessor reported he reduced from a commercial value to an Ag value several years ago and it is taxed at a commercial rate with a tax of $72 payable in FY10.  The Auditor is not sure if White is looking for an abatement of the taxes on all three parcels or some portion of the taxes.  Supv Dunkel reported that he visited with Tim Fox, Area Development Corporation Executive Director, about the value of rent on hay ground.  The Board concurred that White should consider renting the ground to at least offset his taxes.  Dunkel/Staudt moved to not abate any of the taxes owned by GDSJ, Inc. in the East Park Subdivision.  Motion carried 3-0.

Supv Dunkel informed the Board of his conversation with Dave Carlson, 2nd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services Supervisor, regarding juvenile detention services.  The Board noted the receipt of a letter dated October 9 that Carlson sent to Judge Gregg Rosenbladt regarding transferring a juvenile from North Iowa Juvenile Detention Center to Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center.  Dunkel/Enabnit moved to send a letter to Dave Carlson regarding the Board asking consideration to move a juvenile from NIJDC to CIJDC to save the county $30/day and of our reasons for joining CIJDC.  Motion carried 3-0.

Enabnit/Dunkel moved to approve the Contract Declarations & Execution for the provision of Floyd County providing fiscal agent services for Fiscal Agent Contract for Flexible Service Funds Management between the Iowa Department of Human Services and North Iowa Community Action Organization.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Dunkel/Enabnit moved to approve the list of drainage district assessments and authorize the auditor to send out the notices of assessments when they are ready. Motion carried 3-0.

Enabnit/Dunkel moved to approve the purchase of a new server for 8,785.26 and rack mounting kit for $499.  Motion carried 3-0.  Dunkel/Enabnit moved to table the purchase of e-mail exchange services hosted by Solutions until more information can be gathered.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Dusten Rolando, County Engineer, presented front end loader bids for two different Caterpillar, one Case, one John Deere, one Volvo and one Hyundai ranging from $69,575 to $102,500.  The bids include options of trade-ins of old equipment.  Enabnit/Dunkel moved to approve the purchase of a 2009/2010 Caterpillar 924H for $110,780 with trade-ins for the 1982 John Deere 544C at $16,000 and the 1995 John Deere 444G at $22,500.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Paul VanAusdall spoke to Rolando and the Board about what he believed was unnecessary grading on some gravel roads.  Rolando explained how the roads are checked, crowning of the roads, the usual grading routine, the discretion the operator has with respect to raising the blade if grading isnít necessary, and other duties, such as mowing, that the operator has while servicing the roads.  Rolando will let the Roads Supervisor know about the conversation. 

Supv Dunkel questioned Rolando about the new trailer at the dump site including the condition of the trailer and a need for a porch.  Rolando said they will be working on putting up the skirting today and will put install steps to the trailer.  Supv Enabnit questioned an arch culvert used for a driveway.  Rolando will check into it but believes this was a type of culvert that the County doesnít stock and the transaction is a pass through type of billing.  Supv Staudt questioned bridge projects.  Rolando is still working on FEMA projects.  Rolando is getting quotes for a patch job on T38 north of the Avenue.  Slurry leveling was done on several bridge and culvert areas a few weeks ago.  Pavement markings are on hold until the weather is warmer, possibly next week.  Rolando received an anonymous letter about someone farming in the ditch north of Greene.  Rolando sent a letter a year ago to the presumed property owner but the anonymous letter at that time and this time does not mention whose property they are referring to.  Rolando drove out to the area he thinks the person may be referring to and reported that if it is being farmed in the right of way, it would be minimal and does not warrant any action.  Rolando received a complaint from someone in the Colwell area regarding steel lugs used on roads.  Mitchell County Supervisors recently passed an ordinance on this issue.  Rolando interprets the Iowa Code as the Sheriff or someone else other than him having power to enforce any regulations pertaining to this type of issue.  Rolando is working on road improvement project costs for the County to bond for through the Urban Renewal plan at $11.5 million level. 

A motion was made by Supervisor Dunkel and seconded by Supervisor Enabnit 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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