Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

December 19, 2011, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a workshop session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011 in the General Assembly Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Dunkel, Supv. Kamm, Vice Chair, and Supv. Kuhn. 

Kamm/Kamm moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 3-0. 

The Auditor informed the Board that there is no special levy for Emergency Management other than levying out of the General Basic Supplemental Fund.  The county currently levies for Emergency Management out of the supplemental and Rural Services Basic fund and pays for Communications out of the General Basic Fund.  Iowa Code 29C.9.6 reads that the Emergency Management Commission may provide for joint emergency response communication services through a 28E agreement.  In doing so, Communications could be paid out of the supplemental fund.

Supv Kamm attended an Area Development meeting where they discussed an offer made to the Bushman chicken factory.  Supv Dunkel attended a FMC Landfill meeting where they discussed undesignated funds, leach field purposes, and possibly putting up a new building.  Supv Kuhn attended a NIACOG board meeting where they discussed funding and a FMC Governance Board where they discussed employment contracts for needy children.  

Richard Taylor, Viryd Technologies representative, provided information small wind turbine technologies with CVT transmission.  Floyd County is considering a Small Wind Innovation Zone Ordinance.  Taylor explained federal and state incentives and standardized power purchase agreements.  Supv Kuhn suggested getting a proposal of areas where turbines may be beneficial.  The Rockford Fossil & Prairie Center and the Cedar Valley Transportation Center were sites discussed for potential wind energy systems.

The Board reviewed the Iowa Economic Development Authority Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Watershed Management Authority Phase 1Contract.  Supv Kuhn commented that the county is one of six to be awarded the grant and the county needs to have a 28E agreement in place by May 14.  Potentially 35 government entities in the watershed area will be invited to a meeting to inform and seek participation in the 28E.  Supv Kuhn has a meeting this afternoon to learn more about the phase 1 process. 

The Board reviewed a proposed list of candidates for the Floyd County Compensation Condemnation Board for 2012.  The list is lacking gender balance requirements which by law go into effect January 1, 2012.  The Board divided categories and will seek gender balance for each category. 

The Auditor proposed soliciting employees for interest in becoming members of the YMCA.  With 20 participants, employees can receive a 10% discount on membership dues.  The Auditor will draft a notice to employees for the December 27 meeting.

The Board discussed amendments to the proposed zoning ordinance.  Paul VanAusdal requested that the definition of Junk or Salvage Yard include: “All vehicles that have titles and are put in storage in the Treasurer’s office of the automotive department in Floyd County Courthouse and through the Iowa Department of Transportation shall be exempt from this ordinance.”   The Board discussed the following:  1) definition of agriculture, 2) clarification on special events, including how to handle fireworks, farm auctions, seed plot exhibits, 3) definition of structure to include language exempting structures such as fence, fence posts, flag poles, 4) acre size for nurseries, etc. from 15 to 10, 5) clarification on XVI A.1 and B.5, B.6, B.7, 6) “imprisonment” in section XVII.M penalties, 7) reference to permits required for conversion or structure alterations with respect to verbal comments regarding permits not required if the “foot print” of the structure is not changed 8) clarification on “zoning permits”, certificate of zoning compliance, and “building permits, 9) similarities of section XXIII.D “d”, “e”, and “f”, 10) shelter requirements for mobile home districts. 

The Board discussed protocol and etiquette at meetings.   

The Board noted the resignation of Tom Schwab and Duane Koch.  The Board discussed potential appointments to fill vacancies. 

The Board noted the retirement of Floyd County Sheriff office manager, Kathy Franke, effective February 20, 2012. 

The Board noted the hiring of Patricia Voight as a Public Health/Home Health Care Aide effective December 14, 2011. 

The Board recessed for 15 minutes.

The Board reviewed the Sheriff’s budget for FY13. 

Mark Rodruck, Gardiner Thomsen auditor, conducted a FY11 audit entrance review with the Board, including the responsibilities of the audit firm and the Board. 

The Board recessed and will reconvene at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Fossil & Prairie Center.

Supv Dunkel reconvened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Fossil & Prairie Center to discuss changes to the proposed zoning ordinance.  Each Supervisor gave opening comments on the Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisor’s process to amend the current zoning ordinance.  Misty Day, Zoning Administrator Assistant, provided a Power Point presentation containing an overview of zoning, the history of Floyd County’s Zoning Ordinance, the makeup and responsibilities of the Board of Adjustment and the Zoning Commission, open meetings law/notice requirements/hearing processes, the Ag Building Permit Exemption Application/Farm Exempt, definitions, a comparison of current and proposed permitted uses and conditional uses, setback and lot size requirements, interchangeable language for building permit/zoning certificate, non-conforming uses (a/k/a grandfathering), non-conforming lots and structures, violations and penalties.  Day also provided examples of differences between the current and proposed ordinance, addressed solutions to some concerns that have been brought to the county’s attention, and provided reasons and benefits of using the Ag Exemption application process.  The Board, Day, and Jeff Sherman, Zoning Administrator addressed several questions from the audience such as a permit is not required for a temporary corral if the corral is not affixed, permit fees are not listed in the ordinance but are available in the zoning department, the $150 fee is to cover board of adjustment/zoning commission stipend, and publication costs when required, differences between various types of permits, flood plain language in the zoning ordinance replaces the current Flood Plain Management Ordinance, what is required when building a new home, who is subject to building permits, and specific questions about businesses in homes, such as day cares and the number of employees where a permit would be required.  Concerns from the audience included the proposed ordinance requirements of 10 acres for a farm excluding the road right of way and interpretations of the Board relinquishing rights to see citizens petitions.   Comments were made in appreciation of the Zoning Staff’s work on the ordinance and the Board hosting an evening meeting.  The Board commented that this is a work in progress and several amendments will be considered for a future meeting including addressing fences, fence posts, and flag poles and cleaning up some terms. 

Kuhn/Kamm 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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