Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

April 19, 2010, 09:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop session at 09:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 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.

Gene Rasmussen, rental property owner, requested property taxes for next year be abated on three rental properties which are on the list of 17 flooded properties that the City of Charles City intends to buyout with FEMA funds.  Rasmussen explained that the city has condemned the properties and until the buyout process is completed, Rasmussen continues to have expenses for upkeep of the property, insurance and taxes but it is no longer a revenue source for him.  Bruce Hovden, County Assessor, reduced the values of the properties as of January 1, 2009.  Hovden explained that generally, the Board of Review’s position is that having a value on the building is an incentive for the owner to take care of the property and, under Iowa statue, there should be some kind of value to the property.  An example provided was that a dilapidated farm building still has a value even if a property owner feels it has no value; the incentive for the property owner to not have to pay the tax may be to tear down the building.  Hovden suggested Rasmussen file a petition with the Board of Review by May 5 along with a copy of the letter from the city showing the properties are condemned.  Discussion included the timing of the cities of Charles City and Rockford and the County closing on the flooded properties being beneficial if they do so before July 1, other property owners throughout the county affected by the flood who may or not be on a buyout list, interested parties filing a petition with the Board of Review by May 5, the Board exercising a write to abate taxes if they chose to do so and the impact of abating taxes on the levying authorities. 

Hovden and the Board discussed the “Slough Bill.”  According to a recent survey, seven counties recently rescinded their Slough Bill Ordinance, 34 counties responded that they participate in the application process of which three of those counties are having discussions regarding rescinding the ordinance, 24 counties responded that they don’t participate and 34 did not respond to the survey.  Hovden provided a handout regarding Slough Bill properties in Floyd County of which most are considered “no till”.  The total values of properties are:  $389,019 in ag land, $184,190 in residential and $28,680 in Commercial property.  With rollbacks where appropriate, the exemption accumulates to around $8,000.  The Auditor will contact the NRCS office to find out when they send out applications and search for an ordinance.  The Board will act on this at a future meeting.

ISAC Years of Service awards were presented to Bruce Hovden with 30 years and Marci Hall-Jacobsen for 15 years.  Not present was Deb Roberts with 15 years.

Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Director, and the Board visited about purchasing sandbags for private, not public, use.  Edson provided a handout with frequently asked questions regarding flooding situations, an email from Theresa Enright,, Iowa Homeland Security &  Emergency Management office, and sandbag information showing the proper way to fill bags and build a proper barrier.  Edson and Supv Dunkel previously spoke with Tom Brownlow, City Administrator, and learned that the City is concerned about having sandbags to clean up.  A concern of Edson’s was that FEMA has issues with buying the sand.  If the County would like to purchase bags, Edson found a price of $0.18 per bag out of Peosta.  The Corp of Engineer’s bags cannot be purchased for private use.  The Board will act on this Put on agenda for action.

Supv Staudt excused himself from the meeting.

Edson updated the Board on the river gauge project.  Roy Schwickerath, Charles City Fire Chief saved the county approx $600 by letting the county use the aerial truck as long as a fireman would volunteer to run the equipment for project.

The Board noted $3,668.14 in fees collected by the Clerk of Court for the month of March.

The Board noted the Chairman’s signature on Amendment #1 to the SSBG County Contract #MHDS 09-065 effective April 1, 2010 between the Iowa Dept of Human Services and the Floyd County Board of Supervisors.

Future agenda items:  request for pay increase for County Attorney receptionist.

A motion was made by Supervisor Enabnit and seconded by Supervisor Dunkel to adjourn.  Motion carried 2-0.


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Warren K. Dunkel, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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