The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for regular session at on Tuesday, October 12, 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 as presented.Motion carried 3-0.
Staudt/Enabnit moved to approve the September 27, 28 and October 4, 2010 minutes.Motion carried 3-0.
Enabnit/Staudt moved to approve the following claims:County #905-1072, Secondary Roads #12844-12889, and MH-DD #59262-59270.Motion carried 3-0.
Staudt/Enabnit moved to abate $62 in mobile home taxes for Steven Allan or Carol Lynn Anderson for FY11 for a 1958 Caribou and abate $550 in mobile home taxes for Cory Lee Poyner/Jamie Marie Griffin for FY07 through FY11 for a 1968 New Moon trailer both for the purpose that the mobile homes have been issued junking certificates.Motion carried 3-0.
Enabnit/Staudt moved that it is the intention for 2011 and going forward to grandfather for health care reform with respect to the Floyd County Employee Health Plan and have the auditor provide mandatory notices for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to employees.Motion carried 3-0.
The Board read a proposed resolution to disallow the tax exemption for natural conservation or wildlife areas (Slough Bill).Discussion included 1) the exemption is approximately $7,000 for all property classifications, 2) the Iowa Code requiring all classifications of property have to be offered the exemption rather than limiting it to just agricultural property, 3) several counties have moved to disallow the exemption, 4) according to the assessor the wetland areas would have a reduced value if it remains wetland, and 5) past conversations with NRCS staff regarding the minimal impact to conservation even if a small percentage of farmers would begin tilling previously exempt wetlands.Mark Kuhn requested to speak on the issue.Kuhnís position is that it would be very detrimental to flood prevention efforts to the Cedar River and watersheds if these exempt waterways would be farmed and that raising property taxes on Floyd County landowners would be a bad idea.Kuhn mentioned that efforts are being made to create a Cedar River watershed management authority and provided a packet of information regarding conservation purposes and efforts throughout the state and local area.Staudt/Enabnit moved to keep the slough bill in place and not disallow this exemption at this time.Motion carried 3-0.
The Board noted a letter of resignation from Doug Kamm from the North Cedar Aviation Authority.Enabnit/Staudt moved to accept the resignation of Doug Kamm and appoint Jennifer Ehlebracht to the North Cedar Aviation Authority for the remainder of the term ending March 31, 2012.Motion carried 3-0.
Dusten Rolando, County Engineer, informed the Board that the rough railroad tracks near Rockford were reported last October and the railroad company signed a contract in November last year.Rolando believes it is a matter of the railroad funding the project which often causes long delays on projects.Supv Staudt requested Rolando check on the light at the Rockford turnoff west from Highway 14.Rolando will see if it is a state or county light and make sure it gets fixed or replaced.Rolando updated the Board on T38, B60 and the Dougherty Road projects, other road and shouldering plans, and trees trimmed on 250th St.
The public hearing regarding a Development Agreement with MITAS, Inc, open at 10:03 a.m.The Auditor reported that there were no written or oral comments in support of or opposition to the agreement received prior to the meeting.Tim Fox, Charles City Area Development Executive Director, make suggestions regarding Section A3 regarding the compliance requirements include the Iowa Department of Economic Development and Grow Iowa Values Fund requirements which are steeper than just the Enterprise Zone requirements.Tom Brownlow, Charles City Administrator, commented that he has spoke to John Danos, Bond Attorney, and that information can easily be incorporated into the agreement.The hearing closed at 10:10 a.m.Supv Dunkel read the proposed resolution.Staudt/Enabnit moved to adopt Res #25-10 Approving Development Agreement with MITAS, Inc, Authorizing Tax Increment Payments and Pledging Certain Tax Increment Revenue to the Payment of the Agreement, with the changes suggested by Tim Fox for the companyís covenants being incorporated into the Agreement.Roll call vote:Ayes-Staudt, Enabnit, Dunkel.Motion carried 3-0.
Supv Enabnit excused himself from the meeting.
Discussion regarding Secondary Road projects with the County Engineer continued.Rolando and the Board discussed property owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation that is being rented, such as farm property located near Rudd.Supv Dunkel would like to send a letter or e-mail to Vicki Dundi, IDOT, regarding this issue.
A motion was made by Supervisor Staudt and seconded by Supervisor Dunkel to adjourn.Motion carried 2-0.