Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
June 25, 2012, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for workshop session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance: Supv. Kamm, Chair, Supv. Kuhn, and Supv Dunkel.
Dunkel/Kuhn moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
The Board will review claims individually on their own. Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Coordinator, and the Auditor informed the Board of hand written claims that will be submitted before payment by the end of the fiscal year.
Update on various boards/commissions/activities since the last meeting: Supv Kamm attended a Chamber Joint Entity meeting where they mainly discussed July 4 activities. Supv Kamm said he visited with Charles City Mayor Erb about a Canadian Pacific Railroad letter the city received rather than the county about the rail installing a tower at the end of Roger Mulcahy’s air strip; when the county became aware of the issue, the railroad ended up moving the tower. Supv Kamm attended the ISAC Dist 2 Legislative meeting where the Dist 2 Association voted to not have formal bylaws or exist as a legislative association so future meetings will be only for ISAC to share legislative issues. Supv Dunkel attended a Community Revitalization-Business Improvement meeting where they discussed business communication concerns and how realtors can provide information on business zoned areas to interested parties. Supv Dunkel also attended a Landfill meeting where they discussed plans for a new building, costs of a new engine for equipment, and the solvency of the agency. The upcoming cash count scheduled for July 2 at 8 a.m. and the Assessor’s Board meeting for a budget amendment scheduled for July 2 at 5 p.m. Supv Kamm mentioned that Justin DeVore does not want to be the County’s community champion for the Connect Iowa initiatives; Justin will be doing work for this effort on behalf of the city. Supv Kuhn attended the year end review meeting of the Second Judicial District Department of Corrections and as a representative of the Executive Committee, he has a conference call meeting tomorrow morning to discuss the financial books of the agency. Supv Kuhn has been working with the Fossil and Prairie Center Foundation on submitting a grant application to the Iowa Energy Center for the renewable energy components to compliment the wind turbine and solar cells that are hoped to be built at the Center. Committee meetings to review request for proposals for the 10k wind and solar panel components will start on June 20. The Board discussed the proposed Iowa DOT plans for the intersection at Floyd and frontage roads. Supv Kamm, Senator Bartz, Mayor Trevis O’Connell, and Ron Dugan met at Dugan’s Restaurant after the DOT meeting to discuss concerns of the access from the road by the restaurant being closed. Construction will likely not start for 7-8 years. The public comment period ended June 18 but if the Board has any concerns or questions, they could still make official remarks if desired.
The Board discussed the Second Street property/old county shop. The lease to purchase agreement for use of the property with the City of Charles City ended December 31, 2011. Supv Kamm commented that the County has use for the property and recommends the county provide the city notice to vacate. Supv Kamm visited with a company who can take down a tower at a cost of $1,500-2,000. Supv Dunkel commented that the green building needs a coat of paint and rust control, the block building likely needs a new roof within a year or two and the old white office building is hooked to city sewer/water which would be handy if the City converted the property to public access for the bike trail. Bridget Edson, Emergency Management Coordinator, commented that she could use four stalls and the Sheriff could use two stalls of the brick building but they would need to build a wall to segregate the Sheriff’s stalls from EMA stalls. Discussion also included potential storage at the Conservation site west of Charles City and unknown information about the Winnebago Boy Scout camp. The Board will act on the disposition of the Second Street property at tomorrow’s meeting.
The Board discussed potential concerns of insurance coverage for nurses based on an e-mail provided by Mark Melrose, Melrose Insurance Center. Gail Arjes, Public Health/Home Health Care Director, will check with nurses to see if each nurse procures individual liability coverage. Supv Dunkel suggested if the EMC policy does not cover certain nursing situation or EMC does not recommend the professional liability endorsement, then possibly the county could subsidize the nurse’s individual liability coverage. Supv Kamm will ask the agent for clarification of the county’s coverage and request a recommendation on how the county should be insuring the nurses.
Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, has been working through a checklist for a $45,000 “fish passage” grant with the removal of the low head dam in Rockford. The federal funding should be awarded before October 1. Schroeder recommends that the Board do a regular board meeting at the Fossil Park to discuss various projects in the Rockford vicinity, such as the Winnebago Boy Scout Camp, the renewal energy projects, and the dam. Discussion included the potential outcomes of the scout camp. Tentatively the Board will set August 6 for a meeting at the Fossil and Prairie Center. Discussion included the disposition of the scout camp.
Schroeder and the Board discussed transferring funds from the General Basic Fund/Conservation Dept to the Conservation Capital Projects Fund/Conservation Reserve Dept. The Auditor reported that due to GASB 54 reporting, the Conservation Capital Projects Fund is now reported under the General Basic Fund so a transfer is not necessary as the money can be “assigned”. The Board would like Schroeder to provide a letter to them with the revenues collected and proceed with a resolution to do the transfer as in the past as well as have the Auditor assign the dollars for GASB 54 reporting.
The Board discussed assigning $5,000 from the FY12 budget for GASB 54 reporting for purposes of applying toward the wind energy project at the Fossil and Prairie Center and exclusive of the $5,000 budgeted in FY13 for individual $500 small wind turbine incentives.
Schroeder and the Board discussed FY13 wages for the Conservation Maintenance Technician. Schroeder does not intend to give a 1.5% wage increase July 1 since he hired for the position at a higher wage but if there is money available in the budget during the year, he may request an increase at a later time.
Dorothy Faust, Second Judicial District Dept of Corrections Director, spoke to the Board about the operations and financial position of the agency.
The Board discussed building projects including completion of the west wall and west steps, the status of putting FLOYD back on the courthouse, and a future brick replacement project for the north exterior wall.
The Board discussed still needing $910.92 to raise for the project to put FLOYD back on the courthouse. Potential contributors were discussed.
The Board noted the resignation of John Loftus from the Floyd County Veterans Affairs Commission effective June 30, 2012. Applications for potential candidates to fill the position for the next term were reviewed and discussed.
The Board noted the receipt of a letter from the Iowa Dept of Revenue regarding the estimated funding notice for FY13 tax credits with homestead estimated at 78%, Elderly and Disabled at 100%, Ag Land at 18.29467076%, Family Farm at 12.92025170% and Military Service at 100%.
Future agenda items: nothing discussed.
Dunkel/Kuhn motioned to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0.
ATTEST: ________________________________ ____________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Douglas A. Kamm, Vice Chair
Floyd County Auditor Floyd County Board of Supervisors