Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
July 18, 2011, 3:30 PM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 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.
Supervisors Kamm and Dunkel attended a Communications meeting last Wednesday where they discussed purchasing a new repeater at Rudd funded through the Communications depreciation fund. Supv Kamm attended two regional emergency planning (HAZMAT) meetings, a Transportation (T21) meeting and a Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center meeting. Kamm updated the board on CIJDC having 48 counties utilizing the facility, their diversity efforts to fund programs, and a building expansion. Supv Kuhn attended the Iowa Living Roadside Trust Fund meeting where a percentage of REAP funds were allocated to cities/counties who participate in roadside management; every city and county who requested money was approved for funding at the meeting.
Lisa Adelmund, Chamber/Community Revitalization Financial Project Coordinator, commented that she attended a City of Charles City meeting where they have requested a quarterly report on her activities. Adelmund will provide quarterly reports to the county as well. The City has requested that the city’s funding of her position goes toward grant efforts for city departments. Adelmund continues to work on grants to fund the failed dam at Rockford.
Supv Kuhn has been seeking Committee members for putting “Floyd” back on the Courthouse. His efforts are to get an energetic group involved to work on the project, including someone with a historical background. Potential members for the committee were discussed. The Board will appoint the Committee at the next regular meeting.
Sheriff Lynch presented the Board with a request to tape record workshop and regular board meetings to insure that information going out to the public is accurate and county information is transparent. Lynch checked with numerous boards and servers on a few boards where minutes are recorded and available to the public. Discussion included the requirements to provide newspapers with minutes within seven days of a board meeting, how long recordings should be retained, recordings would serve as a reference to go back to if needed, recordings would not be published verbatim as minutes, recording minutes is not required by law, some recorders offer conversion to a word format that could be printed, audio and/or audio converted to print links could be made accessible on the county’s website, the board tends to wander from the agenda and recording minutes may improve the business nature of meetings. The Auditor will provide costs for different types of recorders for consideration at a future meeting.
The Board noted the approval of an Application for Use of Floyd County Courthouse Grounds for the Floyd County Fair to display a sign on the corner of Main and Gilbert St to advertise the fair.
State Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm spoke to the Board about state redistricting, changes to the district she currently represents, the outcome of the latest long legislative session, the compromise reached across parties in effort to avoid a state shutdown, and the slow increase of state revenues over the past three sessions. The Board questioned specific issues such as the Senior Living Trust Fund and property tax reform. Wilhelm share differences between the three property tax bills the legislatures debated. Concerns include the potential to shift burdens to the counties, cities and schools, credits for commercial property owners, the affect of limiting growth but not decreases in property values. Other discussion included the reduced rollback funding, slough bill, smoking in rest stops on interstates, and a recent newspaper article regarding stock brokers buying farm ground to get rich due to numerous subsidies. The Board requested more listening post opportunities from legislatures, especially during session, and possibly meeting with department heads to talk about concerns they have at the county level. Wilhelm spoke of her appreciation of the work that local government does, values the county’s input, and is always available to listen or answer questions.
The Auditor provided redistricting information that was discussed at a Charles City City Council meeting. The Council is considering changing from four polling places to three. The Auditor hopes to have a collaborative effort with the city, school, and county that should eliminate confusion of voters going to different polling places for different types of elections. The city council has their first of potentially three readings of the proposed precinct boundaries as designated by ordinance this evening. The deadline for the city to change precincts is September 1. If passed at the city, the Auditor would like the county to consider the same as well as a change to some rural areas in the Charles City School District. The county would also be required to rewrite its ordinance, provide publication notices, hold a public hearing and have up to three readings of the proposed changes. The Auditor intends to meet with the CC School Superintendent and School Board in the future.
The Board noted the receipt of the Report Form for Community Foundation Grant for the Floyd County Housing Trust Fund – 2011 Furnace Replacement Program. Floyd County was the Fiscal Sponsor for the grant.
Future agenda items: Drainage District #9, failed dam at Rockford
Kamm/Kuhn moved to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0.
ATTEST: _________________________________ ____________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Warren K. Dunkel, Chair Floyd County Auditor Floyd County Board of