Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

January 28, 2013, 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. Kuhn, Chair, and Supv. Schwickerath, and Supv Kamm.

Schwickerath/Kamm moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 3-0. 

County Attorney Norm Klemesrud and the Board discussed code sections pertaining to the number of elected official’s deputies, assistants and clerks determined by resolution, and the Board choosing to timing to reduce the number or enforce a hiring freeze as deemed appropriate.  Klemesrud stated that the board could revise their resolution for the number of appointments at any time so as to not cause a lay off or termination of an employee but it would prohibit the hiring of new or replacement employees.  Discussion included a leave of absence and a retirement of a sheriff’s deputy, percentage of pay to elected officials, employees who fall under various boards, sharing staff between departments, and openly communicating any potential changes before considering action. 

Klemesrud informed the Board that Todd Prichard, part time Assistant County Attorney, will be taking an unpaid leave of absence due to newly being elected to the State Representative position.  Klemesrud requested paying Assistant County Attorney William Barasel at Prichard’s salary due to an increase in hours to approximately 30 hours per week and is not planning to fill a full-time equivalent position during Prichard’s absence.  Klemesrud will put his request in writing to the Board for Board action for a special meeting next week.

Klemesrud updated the Board on the conveyance of a portion of the 2nd Street property, the old county shed, to the county so the county can complete the transfer to Ron Hillegas. 

Update on various boards/commissions/activities since the last meeting:  Supv Kuhn attended a County Social Services meeting where they approved to add three more counties to the consortium, Winnebago, Fayette and Allamakee.  Supv Kamm attended the mayor of Rockford’s meeting regarding emergency response when the bridge will be temporarily closed and an Area Development meeting where Dick Nelson will be taking over as chair.  Supv Schwickerath has been working with an Emergency Management Commission subcommittee to hire Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator as an interim director, and will on a job description for the permanent replacement.  Supv Schwickerath also attended the ISAC New County Officer School.  All three supervisors are interested in attending a Statewide Supervisors meeting in next week. 

The Board noted that Karol Kelsey has been appointed to the Board of Review. 

The Board visited with Sheriff Rick Lynch regarding the appointment of a chief deputy and the status of coverage should the board reduce the number of deputies.  Lynch responded that he hopes to fill the chief deputy position July 1 and he feels the department is covered minimally for the safety of his deputies and the citizens of Floyd County with 10 deputies.  Lynch provided the progression of deputies from seven in 1996 to 10 in 2009.  Lynch requested that if the board is considering to cut a deputy that to give him an opportunity to reduce his budget in other ways rather than cutting out a deputy. 

The Board noted a wage increase to $13.09/hour for Sarah Shearman, Jailer, due to completion of certification requirements of position.

The Board continued with budget discussion including building expenses, compensation board recommendations, wages, departmental staffing, the Roads Project fund, the Infrastructure Assistance Fund, Secondary Roads, transfers, requests for funding, and proposed fund balances.

Future agenda items:  setting FY14 wages, assistant county attorney staffing, and Sheriff deputy negotiations.

Schwickerath/Kamm motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 3-0.


ATTEST:  ________________________________             ____________________________________

            Gloria A. Carr                                                           Mark A. Kuhn, Chair

            Floyd County Auditor                                            Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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