Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
August 27, 2012, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met in the Board Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following in attendance: Supv. Kamm, Chair, Supv. Kuhn, and Supv Dunkel.
Kuhn/Dunkel moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
The Board will review claims individually on their own.
Update on various boards/commissions/activities since the last meeting: Supv Kamm updated the Board on a meeting between him, Bridget Edson, Mike Wendel, Keith Starr, Tom Brownlow, Kathy Herrick, John Gohr, and representatives from Livermore Communications and Century Link to discuss E911 router equipment, the 1991 system, Edson’s conversations with the State 911 Coordinator, an alternate option to use Century Link to route 10-digit numbers, and whether or not to purchase a $92,000 router when there are too many unknowns with the state’s Next Generation 911 system or hold off to a point where the state changes may provide grants to fund local equipment to update to new technology. Kamm attended an Area Development meeting where Cambrex was the primary discussion and approving paperwork for job potential review action. Kamm also attended an Iowa Workforce Development meeting where they talked about identifying the workforce in the area. Supvs Kamm and Dunkel attended a SW TIF meeting where discussion about job incentive for Cambrex and potentially building a new spec building in the Industrial Park area. Supv Kuhn attended an Upper Cedar Watershed Management Improvement Authority meeting where he was elected chair and they discussed the Executive Board’s work on updating bylaws; the Board will meet September 11 to approve a phase 2 grant application for $187,000 in funding to do a watershed survey and received indication from the Flood Center of Iowa that they will be studying the watershed area as well. Kuhn provided an update on the energy projects for the Fossil Park and Prairie Center, including a meeting with vendors last week, the solar panels are erected and need to be wired, the Conditional Use permit hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and if approved the foundation for the wind turbine could be poured as early as next week. Supv Dunkel spoke at Rotary meeting, has a future presentation for a Kiwanis group, and attended a Revitalization Business & Industry meeting where brain storming ideas to bring businesses to the county were discussed. Dunkel also attended a FMC Landfill meeting where the Executive Committee asked for the resignation of the Director or they would terminate his employment by which he did resign. Dunkel also attended the Foster Grandparent meeting, Job Potential Review meeting and Enterprise Zone meeting. A few weeks ago Dunkel attended a meeting for the assessment by Krell Energy Efficiency where they discussed courthouse energy projects as well as other businesses on Main Street, private residential, and other government entity projects.
The Board discussed a resolution for schedule of fees as required by the Floyd County Zoning Ordinance. The Board will act on this at tomorrow’s meeting.
Supv Kamm updated the Board on the disposition of the Winnebago Scout Camp. The disposition committee met last week. Since the last Board meeting, the Executive Council has decided not to list the property or offer it for auction to the three highest bidders. The Iowa Heritage Foundation is working on funding options to lend the money for the purchase of the property. Kamm said Joe Myhre, NIACOG Director, indicated the county TIF area could be amended to include the camp area with revenue to fund the payback of the purchase. The Conservation Board is reviewing information to see if it would be feasible to purchase and operate the camp and if it looks feasible, they will come to the County for consideration to make an offer to purchase. Kamm said a private group is looking at property for a commercial camp ground.
In addition to the FY13 budget amendment for the costs of the energy projects at the Fossil Park and Prairie Center, the Auditor provided budget requests for Veteran Affairs for a $10,000 grant, the Recorder for health insurance costs, and the closure fund for the dump site.
The Board discussed the remaining $395 needed to cover the cost of putting FLOYD back on the courthouse.
The Board noted the resignation of Alison Butterfield, Home Health Care Aide, effective August 22, 2012.
The Board noted the receipt of a City of Nashua resolution authorizing and approving a loan agreement and providing for the issuance of $500,000 General Obligation Water Improvement and Refunding Note and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same.
Doug Steinmetz, past consultant with the State Historical Society, and Vic Amaroso, A&J Associates, spoke to the Board about the state tax credit program and suggestions for the board to consider with courthouse HVAC system, window replacement and roof replacement projects. Other projects could also be included and eligible for funding, such as the brick replacement projects if mortar testing would be conducted and the materials used in recent and future projects were acceptable. Steimetz suggests that initially the county would need to get a team together including architectural/engineering firms for building specific projects, someone to assist with the state tax credit program, legal representation, and financial expertise and that team then identify a non-profit partner and where to go next.
Future agenda items: nothing discussed
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