Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

November 5, 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, and Supv. Kuhn; Absent:  Supv Dunkel.

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

Representatives from the cities of Floyd, Marble Rock, and Colwell, Sheriff Rick Lynch, and the Board discussed law enforcement services provided by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.  Currently the County charges are $4 per capita for the cities of Floyd, Colwell, Marble Rock, Rudd, and Rockford and $25/hour when services are needed for Nora Springs.  Discussion included what other counties charge for services and cities covering enforcement of local ordinances by means other than the Sheriff Department’s services.  City representatives provided positive feedback regarding satisfaction of service.  The Board will act on the per capita fee for FY14 at the next regular meeting.

Update on various boards/commissions/activities since the last meeting:  Supv Kamm updated the Board on the Communications/Dispatch board meeting where budget amendments were approved for the costs of Shieldware, a repeater at Rudd, and AMR Ambulance reimbursement.  Supv Kamm also attended the E911 meetings following the Communications meeting.

The Board discussed a $655 invoice for Kitchen Construction, LLC, for a computer/monitor for the information transmitted from the wind turbine at the Fossil Park to the kiosk.  Supv Kuhn commented that this devise was not included in the original bid due to not knowing for sure what was needed for the educational component portion of the project.  Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, updated the Board on the solar panels and the turbine, the net metering contract with Butler County REC, and the demonstration component project.  Once the educational component of the renewable energy is completed there will be an open house.

Supv Kamm updated the Board on three bids received for the disposition of the Winnebago Scout Camp; the disposition committee recommended Schroeder’s proposal for the county to purchase the camp.  The Winnebago Scout Executive Council accepted the recommendation and agreed to accept the $750,000 proposal, less than the appraised value, with the National Heritage Foundation doing the upfront purchase pending review of the abstract.  The county will have a repurchase agreement with the Foundation with a low interest loan for up to five years that Schroeder hopes to pay off before that time.  The Conservation Board will evaluate the site to determine what is useful Schroeder said the vision of the camp is to have access to and preservation of the natural areas.  Goals for the use of the property were reviewed.  Schroeder shared his goals to come up with $750,000 to pay for the property and broke it in to roughly 1/3 segments:  1) More than $176,000 in donations has been received, not counting pledges, and expects to have $250,000 total; 2) Conservation funds, REAP Funds, and County funds would make up another $250,000; 3) Applying for two cycles of REAP grants and other types of grants would make up the other $250,000.  There will also be $195,000 coming back to the Conservation Dept from the Winnebago Council per the stipulations of the Horace Staudt estate which will need to be reviewed as to how the county can use it, such as toward the purchase or set up as an endowment.  Possibly expanding the Urban Renewal Area would offer TIF revenues; Supv Kuhn will check with NIACOG on this.  At this point, the County and the Foundation are not obligated to go through with the proposal; the proposal has only been accepted from the disposition committee to the Winnebago Scout Executive Board.

The Board noted a letter from the Iowa Dept of Revenue regarding an Assessment Limitations Order, or “rollback,” on property values.  Residential property is 52.8166%, Ag is 59.9334%, and no adjustments for commercial, industrial, railroad, and utility.

The Board noted the resignation of Dana Sherman, Home Health Care Aide effective October 24.

The Board noted a resolution from the City of Charles City approving and authorizing a Loan and Disbursement Agreement and providing for the issuance of GO Corporate Purpose Bonds and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same in the amount of $1,400,000.  The Auditor informed the Board that the Southwest Bypass Tax Increment Financing District Agreement with Cambrex, Charles City that was noted in the October 15 meeting needs to be approved by the Board so it will be an agenda item for the November 13 meeting.  The Auditor also read an e-mail from Bob Josten, attorney/partner with Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, regarding paying for the County’s annual allocation to the Area Development Corporation with TIF revenue.  Josten replied that unless the Board amended the wind turbine urban renewal plan to include all the cities by which the county has had the corporation do work for, it would not be legal to use TIF revenue from the turbines to pay the county’s obligation to the Corporation.

Future agenda items:  Certifying debt for roads projects up to Dec 1, 2012

Supv Kuhn asked for the floor to comment on the pleasure the board has had for the two candidates, Roy Schwickerath and Jim Frisbie, who have attending meetings for many months and would like to thank them for their interest in county government, for running for county supervisor, and for their input and that if one of them is elected, they will be greatly served by attending the meetings and gaining knowledge.  All candidates were wished good luck for tomorrow’s election.  

Kuhn/Kamm motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 2-0.


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Douglas A. Kamm, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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