Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

February 6, 2012, 9:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Kamm and Supv Kuhn, Absent: Supv. Dunkel.

Kuhn/Kamm moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 2-0. 

Ben Chatfield, Marty Parcher, and Cal Schultz, Search and Rescue representatives, requested $3,200 in funding for a pump and hoses for updated jaws equipment.  The Board will review budgets later in the meeting and report to Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Coordinator, on what may be available.

Kuhn/Kamm moved to recess for Supv Kuhn to do a presentation to the Zoning Commission regarding a zoning ordinance amendment.

Jan Libby, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa representative, presented information on fostering the health and vitality of our communities through strengthening a sustainable regional food system, operations of the local regional agency, RC&D’s relationship with the agencies across the state, and the upcoming 2012 Local Food Producer Winter Workshops.  Libby is asking for the board’s attention to support the local food efforts and provide feedback on the subject.  Libby is not requesting funding by Floyd County at this time; however, some counties do fund similar types of agencies across the state. 

Supv Kamm commented about the Communications and E911 meetings last week.  Kamm has visited with the Sheriff about whether or not regionalizing dispatch is an option.  The Auditor commented about findings to put a question on the ballot to increase the E911 surcharge.  Supv Kamm and the Auditor also shared information on a visit from representatives from Anderson-Scott Architects regarding courthouse heating/cooling system, window replacement and a new roof.  Supv Kuhn commented about work he has been doing in preparation of the February 24 watershed meeting.  Kuhn would like to designate a local farmer who has been involved with watershed work as an advocate for the project. 

The Board noted the fees collected by the Clerk of Court for the month of January.

The Board noted the receipt of a NIACC resolution regarding levying a tax for future years for the purpose of paying principal and interest on a loan.

The Board continued with the FY13 budget review.  Discussion included changing the Conservation Capital Projects revenues and expenses, questioning whether or not the Rudd (Green) gas stating testing still needs to be budgeted and to budget a 1.5% wage increase on up to $32,000 in wages for all employees except Secondary Roads.  The Board discussed funding $2,000 in FY12 for the Search & Rescue jaws equipment.  The Board discussed with the County Attorney the needs to finish up flood paperwork processing, the Rockford dam deed, and a written response on liability on an upcoming bicycle event and putting up “Share the Road” signs in the county.    

Future agenda items:  nothing discussed.

The Board recessed and reconvened at 7 p.m. in the General Assembly Room. 

Approximately 19 people attended an informational meeting on Drainage District #9.  Supv Kamm introduced Don Etler, Kuehl and Payer Drainage Engineer.  Etler explained the scheduling of assessments based on the construction of the original drainage district, his recommendation to do a reclassification, and processes for drainage district repairs or improvements.  The early processes for determining benefited areas was based on the number of acres and how wet the ground was as evaluated by the Engineer and two property owners in the county who had no interest in the drainage district area.  A reclassification of properties would consider the soil type, the use of the land, the number of acres draining, how much each tile line is used, and elevation.  It would separate the laterals so each assessment would be based on the property owners who benefited by the repair/improvement.  Tile issues reported to the County Engineer and then fixed at the direction of the county can be assessed to the property owners; farmers who chose to fix a tile themselves cannot come to the county for reimbursement.  The Supervisors have the authority to order a reclassification.  The expected reclassification will cost between $40-50,000 with an estimated 10,000 acres to access with 4,000 acres to reclassify.  Discussion included implementing a nuisance ordinance allowing violations for property owners who let trees grow over tile areas. 

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


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Douglas A. Kamm, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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