Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
May 23, 2011, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance: Chairman Dunkel, Supv Kamm, and Supv. Kuhn.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
The Board will review claims individually after the meeting.
Supv Kamm attended the Chamber/Revitalization Joint meeting where Andy Pattee, Charles City School Superintendent, spoke about potential uses of the Middle School. Supv Dunkel updated the Board on the bidding practices at the landfill and mileage reimbursement. Supv Dunkel also spoke about mental health legislation and property tax rollbacks for commercial properties. Supv Kuhn updated the Board on the FMC Governance Board including changing their meeting time so as to not conflict with the Supervisor’s workshop meeting time.
The Board discussed sending a letter to the Rockford City Council regarding the financial situation and intentions of Floyd County with respect to the Rockford dam. Supv Dunkel suggested Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, ask the Conservation Commission to let the Board know their position on the dam. Schroeder commented that the Conservation Board is pleased that the Supervisors have taken a proactive approach to the situation. The Board discussed filling the vortex with rocks or bags of cement and successes and failures of doing so and determined that is not really a fix nor does it solve the hydrological or liability issues. Schroeder commented that the history of the dam, not just the recent vortex issue, is what put the dam on the DNR’s list of failed dams. Schroeder stated that the DNR recommends the county hire a private engineer to develop a plan. Supv Kuhn spoke with legislatures about state appropriated money but at this time it doesn’t look like anything will be available. Schroeder said there is a chance to receive financial assistance from the Fish Habitat Stamp funds but we cannot apply for a grant without owning the dam. The County Attorney needs to update the date of the agreement with the corrected legal description.
The Auditor spoke to the Board about a bond payment due June 1. The Build America Bonds have a stimulus feature where the federal government pays 35% of the interest. Six months ago the federal money was received about a month before payment was due. The IRS paperwork was completed March 21 but we have not received the money to date and full payment is due June 1 whether or not the county receives the federal funds. The Auditor suggested the board pass a resolution for an internal loan from the General Basic or the General Basic Supplemental Fund to the Debt Service Fund if money is not received by June 1.
The Board reviewed the first 18 pages of the Employee Handbook. Discussion included 1) making changes to the Sexual Harassment Policy to clarify reporting means, 2) require all persons who have been offered and accepted a position with the county to be subject to a pre-employment physical as a condition of employment, 3) with respect to the employment of relatives, include not only family members of the employee but of the employee’s spouse as well so as to cover “in-laws” and “steps”, 4) rather than “discourages any form of solicitation…”, change to “does not allow” for non-county related business.
Dan Schomer, EMC Insurance Companies representative, presented a Compliance Benchmarking Report after surveying the courthouse facility against standards for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Observations and possible solutions were reviewed. Some observations have already been addressed, some will be addressed and a couple will remain as they are but accommodations will be made if need be. Schomer and the Board also discussed some OSHA issues mostly related to electrical outlets and devices. The Auditor will work with the custodians and an electrical contractor about certain issues. The Board will address issues of use of various appliances, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, and coffee pots at a later date.
Kuhn/Kamm motioned to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0.
ATTEST: _________________________________ ____________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Warren K. Dunkel, Chair
Floyd County Auditor Floyd County Board of Supervisors