Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

October 24, 2011, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 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 a joint equity meeting where they visited about the local option sales and service tax and said there is a lot of talk about the upcoming city election.  Tim Fox, Economic Development Director, is going to write something for the newspaper for the LOSST; Farm Bureau is sending approximately 250 e-mails to members.  Kamm also updated the Board on the Iowa DOT meeting regarding future proposals for the intersection at Floyd.  Supv Dunkel said NIVIC is looking for a pickup.  Dunkel commented that the Community Revitalization organization is doing lots of good work for the community.  Supv Kuhn informed the Board that the Upper Cedar River Watershed Improvement Authority grant application requesting $21,500 for the establishment of the watershed authority was completed and sent last Friday.  Supv Kamm reported that Doug Martin, owner of the Rockford dam, is satisfied with donating his half of the dam to the County as long as the county survey’s a line along the river for his property.

The Auditor questioned if the Board is interested in researching a grant opportunity from the Iowa Dept of Energy for Hybrid Ground-Source Heat Pump installations.  Supv Dunkel commented that DNR changes for geothermal technology may work for the County and the county may be able to get a grant based on using a geothermal system rather than natural gas.  The Auditor reported that a past Energy Star Portfolio review reflected the county’s current boiler system to be efficient and the payback on changing systems was not good.  Discussion included how a geothermal system could be installed, the variable refrigerant flow system used at Soy Basics in New Hampton, and the air conditioning system used at the Chickasaw County Courthouse.  The Board is interested in replacing the window air conditioners and windows.  Supv Kamm will contact a company to look at an option like Chickasaw County.  The Board would like Lisa Adelmund, to continue to researching grants.

The Auditor updated the Board on the Committee looking at putting “Floyd” back on the courthouse.

Supv Kamm commented that the Charles City Chamber may have some grant opportunity for putting a canopy over the north door entrance. 

The Board discussed the automatic functions of the north door and a concern about a person almost getting knocked over by the door hitting her.  The Auditor will have the custodians see if an adjustment can be made. 

The Auditor reported that the County Attorney said a recent autopsy bill that was presented but not approved to be paid is the county’s obligation.  The Board would like to review this more with the County Attorney and possibly have a letter sent to Mercy regarding what their fee covers.    

The Board discussed whether or not allocating money for Greene Ambulance should have been budgeted for FY12.  Supv Dunkel will send a letter to the agency requesting their financial status before considering paying them. 

The Board reviewed a claim for JR Ackley for a meal while attending an evening NIACOG meeting and whether or not it should be reimbursed.  The Auditor reported that if it is paid it should be treated as taxable since there is no overnight stay.  The Board concurred that the county does not reimburse any other appointees for meals where they do not stay overnight so a meal for this evening meeting should not be reimbursed.  It was noted that the county does reimburse for mileage at a rate of ten cents below the federal rate.  Supv Kuhn said he will contact Ackley and let him know that the Board will not reimburse for the meal.

The Auditor said two parties who intend to bid the county’s health/dental insurance plan have requested to meet with the Board to review their proposals.  These will be scheduled for workshop meetings on October 31 and November 7.  Each will be allowed 45 minutes.  

Future agenda items:  the Auditor reminded the Board to review the proposed language changes to the current health/dental care plan before the Oct 31 meeting.  The Board will also review the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance for tomorrow’s hearings. 

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


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Warren K. Dunkel, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor            Floyd Coun


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