Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

August 1, 2011, 3:30 PM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for special session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 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. 

Supv Dunkel went to a County Social Services meeting last week; Bob Lincoln, CSS Director, thinks funding should be ok for now although some dollars have been taken away.  Dunkel commented that the $23 million CSS budget ends up back filling the Dept of Human Services quite a bit.  Supv Kamm attended an Area Development meeting where they reviewed progresses of the community.  Supv Kuhn reported that the Decat Governance meeting last week was cancelled.

Norm Klemesrud, County Attorney, presented a handout of terms of sale for the failed dam at Rockford.  The handout provides information on the legal description, selling price of $1,500, estimated cost of $1,500 to survey, revenue stamp cost, no need for an abstract of title, conveyance by Warranty Deed, real estate taxes, and amendments to paragraph 21 of the original agreement.  The Auditor provided a surveyor’s estimated cost of $2,000-2,500 to survey the river area or $1,000-1,500 less to survey the street side to the river bank. The Board discussed surveying the line bordering the riverbank, paragraph 21 clarifications, options for negotiations with MZ4LLLP, the DNR’s suggestion to breech 30 ft of the dam down to the natural channel bottom, Iowa River Banks suggestion to breech at least 15 feet.  Supv Kuhn commented that the citizens of Rockford would likely be upset if we only breeched our side of the dam and suggested we acquire information on the potential buyer of the millhouse to make sure they are on board with the dam removal.  Mark Melrose, Melrose Insurance Agency representative, commented that EMC Insurance suggested breeching the county side of the dam, not taking out the entire dam and as a citizen, commented that the county went above and beyond to offer to purchase the Zeran’s liability of the dam.  Supv Kamm moved to amend the agreement to remove the $1,500 selling price and substitute the cost of the survey in lieu of payment for the dam.  Supv Kuhn moved to second the motion with an amendment to the motion to include language in the agreement that the seller and future owner of the millhouse will support the county’s intention to remove the dam.  Motion carried as amended 3-0.  Supv Dunkel requested that Laura Elfers, Conservation Naturalist, have Doug Schroeder find out about DNR approval of breaching the county’s side of the dam.

The Board noted the Iowa Department of Revenue’s Estimated Funding Notice for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Tax Credits Funding Estimates for Homestead credit, Elderly/Disabled credit, Ag Land, Family Farm and Military Service Exemption.  Counties are required to extend to property tax payers the percentage amount of credit that is available.  Kuhn/Kamm moved to approve the funding credits and exemptions at the same as the state estimates including Homestead Credit at 63% Elderly and Disabled Credit at 100%, Ag Land at 14.05156018%, Family Farm at 13.16581937%, and Military Service Exemption at 100%.  Motion carried 3-0.   

Frank Rottinghaus, County Treasurer, reviewed the semi-annual Treasurer’s report with the Board.  Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the Floyd County Treasurer’s Settlement Report to the Board of Supervisors as of June 30, 2011.  Motion carried 3-0. 

The Board reviewed a proposal for an awning at the north entrance.  Supv Kuhn questioned if the project meets the historical building criteria and that the project be considered for next year’s budget review.  The Auditor will check on criteria for National Register of Historical Places and mentioned there are funds budgeted for building and landscaping expenses.   

The Board reviewed the claims process for hand written claims.  Supv Dunkel will discuss providing timeliness of claims to department heads at their monthly meeting tomorrow. 

Future agenda items:  Supv Kuhn will be contacting the Iowa Workforce Development to discuss the impact of the Charles City office closing.

Kamm/Kuhn moved to adjourn.  Motion carried 3-0.


ATTEST:  _________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                            Warren K. Dunkel, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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