September 12, 2011, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 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 and Supv Kamm attended the annual Farm Bureau meeting. Supv Kamm attended the monthly department head meeting where there was discussion regarding initiatives to reduce expenses in departmental budgets. Supv Kuhn reported on the 2nd Judicial District meeting where financials and budget requests were discussed. Supv Kamm heard from the person who is purchasing the MZ4LLLP property and will be having a meeting later this week regarding the failed dam at Rockford with the new owner, the owner’s son, Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, Larry Hicok, Conservation Board member, and Nate Hoogeveen, DNR.
Gail Arjes, Public Health/Home Health Care Director, presented information on “Live Healthy Iowa” initiatives which is endorsed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad who would like to see Iowa ranked number one rather than the current 19th position for healthiest state. Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield is offering grants towards efforts to having safe walking routes, healthier food options, etc. HyVee is sponsoring a “Start Somewhere Walk” on October 7 where everyone walks at noon for one kilometer. Arjes also mentioned that Floyd County was identified as one of 20 counties targeted for forming a local county wellness coalition with support of the “Live Health Iowa” initiatives and will have a kickoff meeting on October 19. Arjes commented that the Board of Health will be asked to endorse the local efforts at tonight’s Board of Health meeting. The Supervisors expressed no issues of promoting events by sending notices with payroll vouchers or by e-mail to county employees as long as no county facilities would be closed because of an event.
Art White, Veterans Memorial Committee representative, informed the Board that the memorial in front of the courthouse is full of names and is in need of expansion. Two options were proposed. The Committee needs to decide on ideas to expand on the property and would like the Board’s support. White will meet with the Commission this afternoon and report back on the option the commission prefers and report back to the Auditor for Board action.
The Auditor reported on various building projects including 1) putting louvers in the door to the hallway of the VA office; Supv. Kamm believes the odor is from an ionize air purifier; 2) An approximately 3-year old air conditioner in the Sheriff’s that has been cleaned twice this summer for what staff thought was to be mold; Tom Bock, TJ Service, reported that it is not mold; 3) an air conditioner is ordered for next year for the Magistrate Judge’s Chamber; the room will need to be rewired. 4) the east wall brick replacement project should be completed by the middle of next week; Janssen Waterproofing will provide estimates for the north exterior wall and the west exterior stair projects.
The Board reviewed requests for property tax abatements of flooded properties in Rockford and Charles City. This will be acted on at tomorrow’s meeting.
The Board noted the receipt of a letter from the Floyd County Soil and Water District Commission regarding watershed improvements, more specifically the Colwell Park. The Auditor will provide the information to Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, to review and respond accordingly. The Board will write a letter of support if necessary.
Supv Kuhn met with Floyd County Farm Bureau representatives to discuss the local option sales and service tax. Farm Bureau has scheduled a “Tool Shed” meeting for 7 p.m. on September 20 at Red Roof Auction. The Board will act on supporting this event at tomorrow’s meeting.
The Board reviewed information from Mike Mohrhauser, Schneider Corp, regarding cost to add audio files of meeting minutes to the website. The Board will act on whether or not to record meetings and if so, will work on a policy on which meetings to record, how to store information, and how long to store information.
The Auditor provided the Board with information on IRS treatment of fringe benefit, including vision care, wellness and use of county-owned vehicle. The Auditor will verify that the county’s vision and wellness reimbursements are subject to taxes and gather information from other counties on how trip records are submitted through payroll to be reported as taxable wages.
The Board noted the hiring of Tracy Sindt, Clerk for the Auditor’s office, with a starting wage of $12.50/hr with a 6-month increase pending evaluation.
Future agenda items: review departmental and fund balances for future budgeting needs.
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