Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

February 1, 2010, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2010, in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Dunkel, Supv Enabnit and Supv Staudt. 

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

Jesse Marzen, County Attorney, and the Board discussed his FY11 budget and funding the FY10 budget for Public Defender. 

Marzen notified the Board that Jenny Tracy, Paralegal, resigned last Friday, effective immediately.

Sheriff Deputies Crooks, Bartz and Kostka and the Board discussed contract negotiations for the Floyd County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.  The board countered the previous proposal with no additional sick day increase, allowing the vision care program and offering a 2% increase each year for three years.  Discussion included deputies at one time being paid 80% of the Sheriff’s wage, how other certain employees may receive increases for FY11, and the comparing other counties wages to Floyd.  The Auditor will gather wage information from other counties.  Deputy Crooks will visit with the other deputies and negotiations will continue at next Monday’s workshop meeting.

The Board noted the Formation of Floyd County Search and Rescue Advisor Board and the Financial Guidance for Floyd County Emergency Management Commission and Floyd County Board of Supervisors with Floyd County Search and Rescue. 

The Board noted the announcement of RAGBRAI having an overnight stay in July. 

Stan Goddard requested that the Board have a bigger culvert put in on 240th St by Midway Bridge.  Goddard also commented about the east side of the bridge washing out.  The Board will visit with the County Engineer about the culvert issue and about putting rip rap on the bank by the bridge.

Supv Dunkel discussed concerns he has about properties throughout the county that may not be zoned properly and a means of county staff putting steps in place to communicate with each other when buildings are erected, business start and how to address certain businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Discussion including identifying various businesses throughout the county, requiring building permits county-wide including agriculture property although they are exempt from fees, current zoning requirements and criteria for “conditional use” permits, ag related businesses, family businesses, and businesses with non-family employees.  Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Addressing/Sanitarian Director, was asked to visit with the Assessor and to develop a plan on identifying and communicating property changes between various county departments. 

The Board discussed a request to have Case Management staff hours be changed from 37.5 hours per week to 40 hours per week.  The Board directed Bob Lincoln, CPC/Case Management Director, to provide a formal request and to modify his budget accordingly. 

The Board noted the FY09 audit reports for the Charles City Area Development Corporation and North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services Commission. 

Jill Streich and Shelley Smith, FOCUS Coalition Development Specialists, requested county funding for FY11 in conjunction with the substance abuse grant offered by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  The IDPH grant offers a 75/25 county/state match for substance abuse prevention/awareness services.  FOCUS would like to improve upon and possibly add more substance abuse prevention programs within the Floyd County school districts.  Without the county/state funding opportunity, FOCUS would not be able to do so.  The County is in its tenth year of allowing Prairie Ridge Treatment Addiction Services (PRATS) to apply through the County for the IDPH grant.  In addition to providing substance abuse prevention services, PRATS has reached a goal of attaining a $10 million reserve fund balance.  At last month’s PRATS Board meeting, Supv Enabnit learned that PRATS will request that the counties apply for the IDPH grant for another year for their services.  The Board requested a letter from FOCUS specifying their specific amount requested from the county, how they will use the grant funds, and a FOCUS budget.    

Streich also mentioned that FOCUS is working with the County Attorney on a Minor Consumption Ordinance.  They are working on some language issues and hope to end up with an ordinance that will be a template for other counties as well as for the state legislatures.

Chairman Dunkel inquired with the Board about hiring outside counsel to discuss a personnel issue.  The Board agreed that personnel issues do not need to come to the full board unless there is a lawsuit or an employee requests to speak to the full Board and then could do so in a closed session.  The Chair and Auditor will determine how to proceed. 

The Board continued with the FY11 budget review.  Discussion included increasing a line item in the Sheriff’s budget to allow for housing a juvenile being tried as an adult, reducing the grant request from the Greene Ambulance, the Nora Springs Ambulance not needing county funding for FY11, funding needs for Case Management and Mental Health, the wage review process and reviewing grant requests.

Future agenda – RAGBRAI issues the county needs to address and ISAC’s request for funding a Calhoun County lawsuit.

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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