Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

September 20, 2010, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2010 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Supv. Enabnit, Chair Pro-Tem, and Supv. Staudt; absent: Chairman Dunkel.

Staudt/Enabnit moved to amend the agenda to include discussion regarding the Rockford dam.  Motion carried 2-0. Enabnit/Staudt moved to approve the agenda as amended.  Motion carried 2-0.

The Auditor informed the Board that an appointment to the North Cedar Aviation Authority for the term ending in 2012 needs to be made.  Discussion included:  1) Doug Kamm, who has been serving as the County’s appointment since 2006, does not meet the ordinance requirement of the county’s appointment being a resident of the unincorporated area of the county since he moved to town last year, 2) leave the ordinance and the agreement as is and the county appoint someone from the unincorporated area, 3) amend the ordinance and agreement to eliminate the “unincorporated area” requirement which would allow Kamm to continue serving,  4) as written the documents prohibit the Board from appointing someone from any corporate areas, i.e. city of Floyd, Nora Springs, Rockford, etc., 5) the county’s tax revenue to pay the authority comes from the rural services fund which taxes only the unincorporated area and may be why the county’s appointment was originally set up to be a resident of the unincorporated area, 6) the city of Charles City makes two appointments to the authority.  Kamm commented that he thought there may be some urgency to having anything tied to the Authority in order due to the Authority seeking some federal funding in the near future.  The Auditor will draft an amendment to the ordinance to remove the “unincorporated area” requirement for review at the next workshop meeting and contact the city’s attorney about amending the agreement in conjunction with the ordinance.  The Board will act on setting a hearing for the ordinance amendment at the next regular Board meeting.

Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, and the Board reviewed a letter from Jonathan Garton, DNR, regarding the condition of the Rockford dam.  Schroeder will visit with the County Engineer regarding engineering firms to contact to study the situation and then breech the dam if the engineer thinks it is appropriate.  Discussion included grants to offset costs, covering expenses of the engineering firm, co-ownership complications, and siltation problems.  There has been no contact with Mrs. Zeran at this point. 

Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Director, informed the Board that the Charles City Fire Department would like to locate the county’s command trailer in one of their bays and use it as a working office for a couple months.  The station received IJOBS money for a station renovation project which they anticipate starting in October.  The Board has no objections to the department using the trailer.

Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Signs/Sanitarian Director, informed the Board that there has been no progress since 2006 on the septic system for the Rockford Golf Course.  The Board directed Sherman to contact the County Attorney to draft a letter to the owner stating a timeline, subject to penalties, to complete the project. 

Sherman will provide the Board with the Ag Exempt Application form developed by the Zoning Commission and Farm Bureau representatives for Board approval at the September 28 meeting.

Norm Klemesrud, County Attorney, presented his desire to hire another part time assistant county attorney to work 16-20 hours per week.  Discussion included the resolution by which the Board currently allows only one assistant, past hiring practices, and potential budget restraints.  Klemesrud will get back to the Board if he decides to pursue the idea further. 

The Board discussed being the obligator for a bonding project rather than the City of Charles City.  Discussion included debt limits for the county and city, an existing bond with the city, and the proposed rebate project.  The Auditor informed the Board that the County has ample debt capacity to be the obligator.  With Supv Enabnit retiring and Supv Staudt possibly not being reelected, the two prefer not to provide direction at this time as to whether or not the county would be the obligator.  The Auditor will check with Tom Brownlow, City Administrator, and Tim Fox, Area Development Corporation, on the timeline and see if they can attend a future Board meeting. 

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


ATTEST:  _________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                            Arlin V. Enabnit, Chair Pro-Tem

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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