Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting
February 11, 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, Supv. Schwickerath, and Supv Kamm.
Kamm/Schwickerath moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
The Board will review claims individually prior to tomorrow’s regular meeting.
All Board members attended the Statewide Supervisor’s meeting and met the new legislative liaison for supervisors and attended sessions on topics such as mental health changes, property tax reform, Local Option Sales and Service Tax and Compensation Board processes. Supv Kamm attended a Communications meeting. Supv Schwickerath attended a NIVC meeting, Communications meeting and E911 Commission meetings where they dropped funding all of the Emergency Management Coordinator’s salary and dropped the Secretary’s salary from 56% to 40% and elected Charles City Councilman Keith Starr, and also attended the Revitalization meeting where they announced that Mark Wicks has been hired to replace Veronica Litterer, Chamber Director.
Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director, updated the Board on progress with the removal of the dam at Rockford. Schroeder has been working with the DNR and Fish and Wildlife representatives for state and federal funding and will have a conference call later this month. Discussion included archeological permitting, potential foot traffic across the dam when the city bridge is closed in April, seeking permission to remove a portion of the dam for safety reasons if the DNR would agree to it, and budgeting for the expense of the removal.
Schroeder reported on the Tosanak Recreation Area and provided information on the Conservation Boards purpose for purchasing the property and plans going forward, including but not limited to repurposing areas and utilizing the area as an educational opportunity. There will be an open house at the camp on March 30.
The new kiosk touch screen for the green energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels will soon be up and running. The website to observe information is http://floydcountyconservation.greentouchscreen.com.
The Board reviewed information from Tim Fox, Executive Director, regarding his request to have the county endorse a grant application to the Hanson Foundation for the furnace replacement program.
The Board noted the receipt of the FY12 Cost Allocation Plan.
Jeff Sherman, Zoning/E911 Addressing/Sanitarian Director, and the Board discussed having county employees from other departments assist Sherman with some of the backload of work that needs to be caught up. The Board suggested two or three county employees train with Jeff during an interim basis.
Sheriff Rick Lynch and the Board discussed options of contracting Emergency Management services utilizing a deputy to do emergency management on a part time basis and deputy sheriff on a part time basis. The Sheriff is not interested in this proposal. The Board also visited with the Sheriff about eliminating the number of deputies through attrition and eliminating a squad car. The Sheriff expressed concerns on the safety of his deputies and suggested the board allow him to take another look at his budget to consider other areas to cut and that the Board considers other public safety positions and possibly propose raising the fee for law enforcement to the cities. The Board and Sheriff also discussed Communications Center dispatch services.
The Board continued with FY14 budget discussions. Discussion included Conservation/capital projects budgeting for the dam, a building and the scout camp, adjustments to the proposed Emergency Management Commission budget, and FOCUS funding for compliance checks.
Future agenda items: nothing discussed.
Kamm/Schwickerath 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