Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

September 24, 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.

Public comment:  None.

               Kuhn/Schwickerath moved to correct the September 16 minutes to reflect “HUC” instead of “Huck” and in reference to the disposition of items from the Sheriff’s Dept to read “offered to county ‘departments’” rather than “offered to county ‘employees’”.  Motion carried 3-0.  Kamm/Schwickerath moved to approve the September 9 and 10 minutes as presented and the September 16, 2013 minutes as amended.  Motion carried 3-0.

Kamm/Schwickerath moved to approve the following claims:  County #811-972, Secondary Roads 15385-15417 and Drains #34-38, with the exception of claim #844 for public defender services because a revised bill has been submitted and it will be paid in the next claim run.  Motion carried 3-0.

Updates on various boards/commissions/activities:  Supv Schwickerath attended the Floyd County Housing Trust Fund board meeting where they discussed the furnace replacement program.  Supvs Schwickerath and Kamm attended a meeting regarding the Rockford dam where there was no opposition to removing the dam.  Supv Kamm also attended a Middle School Repurposing meeting, an Asset Management meeting, an Enterprise Zone meeting, a Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center meeting, and a Chamber and Joint Entity meeting.  Supv Kuhn attended the Floyd County Fair board meeting and presented at the Cedar River Watershed Coalition meeting on the Upper Cedar Watershed Management Improvement Authority work on the watershed.  Schwickerath and Kamm attended a meeting regarding All three supervisors attended the Farm Bureau annual meeting. 

Michael Morlan, Emergency Management Coordinator, provided information on the update to the Floyd County Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan and a grant application for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program through Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  NIACOG provided the lower of two bids coming in at $38,400.  Morlan mentioned the Board eventually needs to appoint a committee to review the plan and informed the Board of other obligations as well.  Schwickerath/Kamm moved to approve Res #32-12 Floyd County Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan: Whereas, Floyd County (County) has the budgetary responsibility to maintain, review and update the Floyd County Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan (Plan) and said Plan is required to be updated every five years, and Whereas, the County has made application through the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding from the Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in the amount of $38,400 for the maintenance, review and update of the Plan, and Whereas, the County recognizes the fact that this grant is based on a cost share basis with the federal share not exceeding 75% ($28,800) and the local share being a minimum of 25% ($9,600) of the total project cost and that the local portion can be from cash and/or in-kind services; Therefore, be it resolved that the Floyd County Board of Supervisors agree to provide and make available up to $9,600 of local money and/or in-kind contributions to meet the minimum 25% match requirement for the mitigation planning grant application through HSEMD to FEMA through the Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  Motion carried 3-0.

Schwickerath/Kamm moved to set a public hearing on October 8 at 9:30 a.m. for consideration of an application from Balsam Coop, located in section 5 of Scott Township for a confinement feeding operation structure of one new 600 head shallow pit swine confinement facility.  Motion carried 3-0.

Kamm/Schwickerath moved to approve an Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services for the Upper Cedar River Watershed Management Plan.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Schwickerath/Kamm motioned to remove the Vision Internet Providers Inc from being tabled at the September 16 meeting and open discuss on the topic today.  Motion carried 3-0.  Supv Schwickerath visited with members of the IT Committee and came to the conclusion that there is a need for an updated website and thinks we should wait until budget time to consider the proposal again which may find the county able to proceed in the current fiscal year or plan for FY15 based on the weight of other projects.  Schwickerath/Kamm moved to not accept the Vision Internet proposal for website updates at this time.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Kamm/Schwickerath moved to assess $3,000 to Drainage District #13 for repairs with a 5% interest rate and allow a 10-year spread for qualifying assessments.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Larry and Vicky Sonne, interested parties to DD #1, shared information on water issues in the district and below the district.  Sonne’s reported that since the 2008 flood, the waterway on Sandy Sonne’s property on the east side of the road is always wet and other areas where dirt has washed out leaving fences hanging, cutting deep ravines and concerns near the railroad track.  Dusten Rolando, County Engineer, provide pictures of culverts and other problem areas.  It is questionable if costs of work done outside of the district would be the responsibility of the district; property owners outside of the district would likely have to order and pay for that work.  Schwickerath/Kamm moved to have Rolando pull some specifications together for some exploratory work on approximately three locations with tentative plans for project work and seek bids for the work.  Motion carried 3-0. 

Rolando provided pictures of a cracked main tile in DD #26 which could have been an old crack or a crack that occurred from the exploratory project.  There were no reports of issues on other exploratory areas checked.  Rolando will proceed with a work order to repair the cracked tile and notify John Ryner that if there are other issues after this work is done to let him know.

Engineer’s report:    Timesheets and foreman’s minutes were provided.  Rolando has not heard back from Kirk Messier on the 10 ft extension on a pipe that Messier will have to pay for; payment is required prior to putting in a new box culvert.  PC patching on Underwood should be finished within a couple of weeks.  The Dancer Ave, TIF project, has been started.  The Draeger project has a late start date of Monday.  Crews have been sizing and surveying projects on bridges, culverts, etc.  The Holly Ave bridge is expected for construction next summer; the DOT is reviewing specs.  Rolando has some preliminary information and will assist with bid requirements for the Rockford dam.  Rolando attended a District II meeting on Thursday.  Crews have been blading roads since we have had some rain.

Rolando reported that he received a call from I&S Group engineer’s regarding some exploratory work in DD #6.  He will send staff and equipment to do the work.  

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 Super


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