Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

August 28, 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.

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

Public comment - none. 

Kuhn/Dunkel moved to approve the minutes of August 14, 2012.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Kuhn/Dunkel moved to approve the following claims:  County #418-555, Secondary Roads #14483-14505, MH-DD #59547-59554, and Drains #4.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Dunkel/Kuhn moved to approve Res #30-12 Zoning Schedule of Fees.  Motion carried 3-0.

Dunkel/Kuhn moved to approve IDOT Federal-Aid Agreement for a County Highway Bridge Program Project, No. BROS-CO34(86)--8J-34.

Kuhn/Dunkel moved to approve IDOT Preconstruction Agreement for a Road Project, No. STP-218-9(119--2C-34.  Motion carried 3-0 

Dunkel/Kuhn moved to hire Lee Jacobs as an Equipment Operator II for the Secondary Road Dept with a tentative start date of Sept 10.  Motion carried 3-0.

At 9:30 a.m. Supv Dunkel announced a public hearing regarding an application from James & Nancy Sliger and Steve & Valarie Sliger to rezone a 4.07 acre parcel and a 56 foot strip of property from Ag to I-1 for the purpose of expanding an existing I-1 lot, located at 1169 215th St in NE¼ 17-95-18, Rockford Township.   The Auditor reported there were no written or oral comments received on behalf of the Board prior to the meeting.  Dean Tjaden, Zoning Commissioner, reported that the Commission met earlier today and commented they received a letter from Tim Fox in support of the rezoning, received no negative reports, explained the applicant’s intentions, and moved to approve the rezoning and recommend the Board do the same.  Representatives of the Sliger’s were available at the Commissioner’s meeting and the Board’s hearing.  With no other comments, the hearing closed at 9:33.  Kuhn/Dunkel moved to approve Res #31-12 Zoning Changes – Sliger, to approve the first reading, waive the second and third readings, and approve the reading as final and approve the application to rezone said property from Ag to I-1.  Roll call vote:  Kuhn, Dunkel, Kamm – all ayes.  Motion carried 3-0.

Engineer’s Update:  Dusten Rolando, County Engineer, provided foreman’s minutes and his timesheet.  The Board discussed an e-mail from Jim Jorgensen about a power wire over the road at 1845 Indigo Ave that he believes hangs low.  Rolando said the wire is owned by a private owner rather than Butler Co REC and the height exceeds the minimum requirements.  Rolando will follow up with the County Attorney and Jorgensen.  Rolando updated the Board on a project to put tankers on 285th St.  The condition of the street at Wedgewood Estates was discussed.  Rolando said he reported to the Sheriff about the damaged, vandalized signs.  Specs for the sign truck are being considered.  Rolando met with Caterpillar regarding overhauling a 1997 motor grader.

At 9:42 a.m. the Supv Dunkel announced a public hearing regarding the disposition of the Second Street property/old county shed.  The Auditor reported that we have three bids.  With no other comments, the hearing closed at 9:43 a.m.  Dunkel/Kuhn moved to proceed with the sale of the Second Street property and review bids.  Motion carried 3-0.  Bids for the property were opened:  1) City of Charles City for $50,000 and the city would relinquish payment from the county for the county’s portion of the environmental study which is $4,490.50; 2) Ron and Sue Dunn for $60,000; 3) Ron Hillegas for $75,500.  Tom Brownlow and Jerry Joerger, City or Charles City representatives increased their bid to $71,000 and forgive the county’s portion of the environmental study of $4,490.50.  Hillegas increased his bid to $85,000.  The City declined to increase their bid.  Dunkel/Kuhn moved to sell the Second St property to Ron Hillegas for $85,000 and reimburse the City of Charles City for $4,490.50 for the county’s portion of the environmental study.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Dunkel/Kuhn moved to table action regarding property tax suspension for the Vala property until the County Attorney can address the issue further.  Motion carried 3-0.

At 10:30 a.m. Supv Dunkel announced a public hearing regarding Drainage District #12 opened.  The Auditor reported that prior to the hearing she received a letter from Dean Tjaden and Nick Bjelica, a letter from James and Laurie Martin, and an e-mail from Don Etler, I&S Group Drainage Engineer regarding the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).  Don Etler, I&S Group Drainage Engineer, provided an overview of the condition of the drain, specifically at the Hoeft property, with a recommendation of a replacement of the main tile at the same size as original in an area parallel to the existing tile, with an estimated cost of $92,691.  Etler also proposes annexing certain properties into the district as well as a reclassification of the district to better allocate for benefit of drainage within the district to provide for fairer assessments.  Jim Hudson, Hudson Law Firm attorney, explained the requirements of the Board of Supervisors as Trustees for the beneficiaries of the trust which is the land owners in the district.  Hudson explained drainage law with respect to repairs, improvements, establishment of districts, annexation, reclassifications, assessments, responsibilities for tree growth over tiles, setting interest rates, and dissolving a drainage district per Iowa Code 468.250.  A written objection to repairs to the district from James & Laurie Martin was read and discussed.  A written objection to repairs to the district from Dean Tjaden and Nick Bjelica was read and discussed.  Supv Dunkel commented about the county hiring a drainage tile maintenance person who would contract repair work to be completed and that maintenance person’s wage being assessed to all drainage districts as well as other county positions could be assessed to the district.  Etler provided information on an option to consider through the Iowa Dept of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for eligibility to enroll in CREP.  Matt Lechtenberg, IDALS CREP Manager, provided information on CREP initiatives.  Etler recommends the Board continue the hearing in the future to allow the Hoeft’s to consider the CREP program.  Kuhn/Dunkel moved to continue the hearing to Oct 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the General Assembly Room.  Motion carried 3-0.  Dunkel/Kuhn moved to table any action for Drainage District #12 until after the hearing.  Motion carried 3-0. 

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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