Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
October 10, 2011, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 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 Dunkel attended a County Social Services Meeting where discussion included the potential of adding Grudy and Tama Counties to the consortium. There will be an Iowa DOT meeting on October 20, 5-7 p.m. at the Floyd Community Center to discuss the future redesign of the intersection at Floyd.
Supv Kuhn reported that the DNR is providing up to $600,000 in grants for cities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts who form a watershed authority subdivision. The City of Charles City, the Floyd County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Kuhn met with the DNR to discuss a Cedar River Watershed. NIACOG is hosting a meeting tonight where there will be discussion on a larger authority, possibly with Mitchell County. Floyd County will take action at tomorrow’s regular meeting to be the applicant and fiscal agent for the authority. Applications are due October 21. Each authority could receive up to $30,000 toward the cost to become established and will then once established will be eligible for a larger pool of money to better manage flood situations.
Supv Kamm and Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, have met with the new owner of the Rockford Mill House and the east half of the dam. Kamm met with Norm Klemesrud, County Attorney, to draft an agreement to purchase the new owner’s half the dam. Schroeder explained the DNR’s fish passage grant program. Schroeder’s grant contact person, Louise, wants assurances that the County does not find itself in the same situation as several years ago where they had to give back $36,400 due to similar dam issues. Schroeder and Louise visited about the mill dam house being registered with the National Registry of Historical Places, details of the grant, and a three to four week window to get details cleared up. The proposed new grant covers $45,000 of the project with a $48,500 match of county funds and other financial or “in kind” funds acquired from agencies such as the fishing club, the ISAAC Walton League, DNR, Secondary Roads, as well as his own “in kind” work. Louise informed Schroder that she thinks the county has a very good chance of obtaining the grant but suggested adding $5,000 for physical removal of the dam plus $5,000 to do an archeological and architectural review. The project includes removing the dam in the Fall of 2012, bank stabilization, reshaping banks and seeding around the area as well as upstream and having a nice recreational area including a boat ramp in the city park north of the bridge to be completed in 2013. Supv Kamm reported that the new owner would like to have a survey of the area and he does not foresee any problems with the County Attorney’s paperwork but intends to forward it to his attorney. The paperwork for the agreement committing the new owner to convey the east half of the dam to the county needs to be in place before the grant application can be submitted.
The Board discussed whether or not to continue NACo membership. The invoice payable Jan 2012 for membership renewal will be discussed at a future meeting.
The Board noted the resignation of Sonja Cotton, jailer, effective October 7, 2011.
The Board noted the fees collected by the Auditor, Recorder and Sheriff for the quarter ending September 30, 2011.
Denise Ballard, Iowa Governmental Health Care Plan/EBS-third party administrator and Tim Lowe, Bernie Lowe & Associates broker, spoke to the Board about health insurance options including brokerage services, fully funded plans, partially funded plans and self funding administration. Lowe presented background information on Bernie Lowe & Associates, Inc., and their commissioned work for providing the health insurance plan/service. Ballard was one of the original plan organizers for IGHCP in 2005. Membership with IGHCP is accomplished through a 28E agreement with other committed counties, cities and schools who pool money together to fund health care by means of purchasing a high deductible plan, such as $3,000, through Wellmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield and partially funding costs for each entity’s individual deductible. Members meet annually to establish each year’s premium based on factors such as the cost of the BCBS fully funded portion of the plan and costs to administer the plan which is overseen by EBS. Ballard claims that the IGHCP has a below average 3.5% increase in costs each year. [Supv Kuhn excused himself from the meeting.] Discussion included health care reform changes and grandfathering exemptions to health care reform. The Board will act tomorrow on whether or not to seek other bids outside of what was requested by broker Bob Lindsay, Trissel Graham & Tool Group Benefits, Inc. who represents Auxiant, the county’s current third party/self funded administrator.
Future agenda items: authority of the board to abate taxes.
Kamm/Dunkel motioned to adjourn. Motion carried 2-0.
ATTEST: ________________________________ ____________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Warren K. Dunkel, Chair
Floyd County Auditor Floyd County Board of Supervisors