Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

January 25, 2010, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2010 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Dunkel, Supv. Enabnit, and Supv. Staudt.  

Staudt/Enabnit moved to approve the agenda to include discussion regarding future agenda items.  Motion carried 3-0.  Enabnit/Staudt moved to approve the agenda as amended.  Motion carried 3-0. 

The Board discussed Public Defender claims that will put that department over budget.  The code allows up to $5,000 in budgeted dollars to be moved from department to department within the same service area without doing a budget amendment.  Public Defender, County Attorney, Sheriff, Juvenile Probation, Medical Examiner, and General Services (which funds communications center, ambulance services, and Emergency Management) share the same “Public Safety and Legal Services” service area.  Prior to today’s meeting the Auditor and Sheriff Lynch discussed using a Sheriff’s Dept health insurance line item which has sufficient funds to cover the Public Defender Dept until the County amends the FY10 budget.  The Board will act on this by resolution at tomorrow’s meeting.  Sheriff Lynch expressed concerns about his budget covering the Public Defender budget that paid for the County Attorney’s expert witness which ended up costing the county more than $13,000 and that the Sheriff’s budget will be hit hard in FY10 and FY11 due to the cost of housing a juvenile who will be tried as an adult. 

The Auditor explained the purpose of establishing three new funds, Case Management Fund, Urban Renewal/County Road Improvements Fund, and Custodial Grant Agency Fund.  A resolution that will be acted on at tomorrow’s meeting was provided for details of each new fund.

Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Addressing/Sanitarian Director, and Bridget Moe, Emergency Management Director, provided two river gauge quotes, one from High Sierra Electronics and one from One Rain.  Discussion included the number of gauges, location of gauges, how the data will serve our needs, recurring costs of $1,000 per year for software/repairs/maintenance, and how much the county would be willing to contribute above and beyond the $27,000+ grant for the initial purchase.  The Board will act on this at tomorrow’s meeting.

The Board tabled discussion on the Financial Guidance between FC Emergency Management Commission, FC Board of Supervisors and FC Search & Rescue until after the rescheduled Emergency Management Commission meeting.  The Board will also table discussion regarding FC Search & Rescue organization status (Advisory Board) until after the Commission meets.

The Auditor reported that Northland Securities confirmed the County received a AA- Bond rating from Standard and Poors.  Our good rating was attributed to strong reserve levels, low debt burden, strong wealth levels and overall economy.   The bids for the Build America Bond for the UR/Road Improvements projects will be priced today and will be presented to the Board by Northland Securities at tomorrow’s meeting for action. 

The Board noted the receipt of a letter from the Floyd County Medical Center regarding the hospital will be requesting no tax assistance from the County’s General Fund for FY11. 

The Board made wage adjustments to the following department’s budget requests:  Auditor, Treasurer, Sheriff, Veteran Affairs, Conservation, Board of Health, Public Health/Home Health Care, County Engineer, Sanitary Disposal, and Case Management.  The Chair will send a letter regarding specific non-union/non-bargaining unit/non-elected official wages affected. 

Future agenda items:  For next Monday’s workshop 1) meet with the Floyd County Deputy Sheriff’s Association during to discuss contract negotiations, and 2) review grant applications for FY11 funding.

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


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Warren K. Dunkel, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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