Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

June 4, 2012, 10:00 AM


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance:  Chairman Kamm, Supv. Kuhn and Supv. Dunkel.

Supv Dunkel inquired about 2011 unpaid claims with Radiologist of North Iowa.  Gloria Carr, County Auditor, reported that she spoke with Auxiant who reported they paid claims per the discount information that was provided to them.  Radiologist of North Iowa will be faxing information to Carr and she will verify the information and pay accordingly.

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

Supv Kuhn arrived at the meeting.

Supv Dunkel reviewed County Social Service processes, mental health reform bill that was signed by the governor, a six month shortage of funds, and a map of the revised County Social Services area.  Supv Kuhn updated the board about the financials discussed at the 2nd Judicial District meeting that he attended in Webster City last Friday.  Supv Kuhn also reported that on Fossil and Prairie Center Foundation submitted a Iowa Energy Center request for proposal application for a demonstrational grant for a 42” touch screen kiosk at the center and a travelling educational “trunk” with equipment, both offering a hands on opportunity to learn how the energy sources function.    Supv Kuhn also mentioned a contact who has offered to donate over $14,000 worth of infrastructure hardware should the center proceed with the project.   

Justin DeVore presented information on the Connect Iowa broadband initiative working in conjunction with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to encourage communities to obtain a goal to become a “technology certified community”.  Connect Iowa defines broadband as three megabytes per second.  Efforts to become a “connected community” include naming a community champion, assembling a team, begin assessment, find out where there are deficiencies and then develop an action plan to address area and tap into available grants to expand resources.  DeVore commented if nothing is done in more than a year, the opportunity will pass as grant money will no longer be available.  The Board would like to visit with city of Charles City representatives and Tim Fox, Area Development Executive Director, to see if the City will be putting forth the same efforts as the county and if it would be in the best interest to combine efforts.

The Board discussed funding the Floyd County Community Foundation program.  The Auditor will proceed with a $1,000 claim. 

Supv Kamm visited with Tom Brownlow, Charles City City Administrator, about the Second St property.  Supv Kamm said the green building is in poor condition.  Supv Dunkel said the building north of the white house, the old sign shop, most likely should be torn down.  Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Director, said the brick building has an antenna that needs to be down as it’s not secured well.  Edson said she does not want to be limited in space as the county has four trailers to house, a CERT trailer, the communication trailer, a Search & Rescue trailer, and a new “mass care” trailer, and may have more in the future.  Edson does have some funds available to replace doors, minor fix-up, and cover some security concerns.  Supv Dunkel spoke to an environmental engineer who looked at the Tarragon report and said the county should not have to do anything to the property as long as it continues to be used as it is or if it were used for something like a parking lot for the bike trail but if it were to be used for a picnic or play ground there would need to be some dirt remission work Discussion included selling or giving away part of the property to the city or fixing up the building(s) for county use. 

Supv Kamm informed the Board that he is a member of a committee established on how to dispose of the artifacts, picnic tables, and the Winnebago Scout Camp property as it is scheduled to be closed due to not being self supporting.  Kamm reported that years ago Forest Staudt left more than $190,000 to the Scouts with a condition that if the camp were ever sold that that amount who have to be paid to Floyd County Conservation.  The committee is gathering information and had a tour with the Iowa Heritage Foundation at the site last week.  Kamm is on the agenda for the Conservation Board tomorrow night to explain the committee’s assigned tasks.

The Board discussed filling appointments for the Veterans Affairs Commission and the Conservation Commission.  Supv Kamm visited with John Loftus and is waiting to see if he would like to continue with another term and will check with Laura Paulus about continuing on the Conservation commission.  The Auditor has not heard who the County Attorney intends to appoint to the vacated Civil Service Commission position. 

The Board discussed continued efforts to raise the remaining balance to complete the project to put FLOYD back on the courthouse.

Janssen Waterproofing has started work on the west side of the building for the entrance and brick replacement project.  The Auditor reported that she also visited with Janssen about putting up a block to the gas pipes.

Future agenda items:  an application to use the north parking lot and a resolution for the codification of county ordinances.

Supv Kuhn commented that he will be excusing himself from meetings from June 4-12.  The Board also discussed how to conduct meetings, including telephone or “skype”, in absence of a majority of in-person members.

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


ATTEST:  _________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                            Douglas A. Kamm, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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