Meeting Minutes

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

December 16, 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.

Updates on previous boards/commissions/activities:  Supv Kamm attended a Conservation Board and a Landfill Executive Board meeting.  Supv Kuhn attended the Veterans Commission meeting and the Second Judicial District/Dept of Corrections, and met with community leaders at Trinity United Methodist Church to identify social issues within the County and seek solutions.  All supervisors attended the Harassment, FMLA and ADA training. 

Tim Fox, Area Development Corporation Executive Director and Jerry Joerger, Charles City City Councilman, presented information on a proposed industrial property expansion in the Southwest Bypass Urban Renewal Area.  Currently there are three 5-acre lots and an extra 2.5 acres on the parcel where the water tower sits, and a separate 7.5 acre lot on corner of Grove Ave at 215th St.  The total size of the industrial park is approximately 120 acres.  The TIF district is approximately 840 acres, which includes water lines to the ethanol plant.  Fox explained that we do not have the capacity to demonstrate to site selectors and leads that may come from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to be competitive.  The SW Bypass Committee realized the need in 2002 for more industrial/commercial property and revisited the situation in 2012 when a parcel owned by John and Kathy Fox was identified as a land owner willing to sell 140 acres at $20,000/acre.  In addition, the estimated infrastructure cost for roads, water, sewer and other ancillary costs is $1.2 million.  There are no prospective clients on the horizon for the proposed area.  In the past the county bonded for the purchase of the land.  The county’s current bonding capacity is $57 million putting the county in a better position to secure a lower bond rate than the city.  Joerger said the city is at approximately 42% of their capacity and intends to stay below 65%.  Discussion included the ag value of the property versus the commercial/industrial value, the ag rate of $5,500/acre negotiated when the county sold property to VeraSun in 2005, frozen and incremental TIF values, the prevailing attitude of the SW Bypass Board to purchase all of the land rather than a smaller amount, ownership of the property should the county agree to bond for the project, proposed annexation, the status of the county TIF whereby the revenue from the wind turbine property taxes is used to pay the county’s road bond, wind turbine easements, and an adjacent homestead of 8.82 acres.  Supv Kuhn requested the existing debt information in the district and when it is to be paid, detailed financial reports of the district and a projection of the debt repayment structure for the proposed project.   

The Board noted a request from Robert Havranek, Rockford resident, to purchase tax certificate #2010-10166 owned by Floyd County for parcel #091045100300.  Frank Rottinghaus, Treasurer, provided information on unpaid taxes and processing fee to transfer the certificate.  The Board will act on assigning the certificate at the next regular meeting. 

Future agenda items:  reorganization meeting on January 2 including discussion of appointments to various boards and appointing the next chair.

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


ATTEST:  ________________________________________            _________________________________

           Gloria A. Carr                                                      Mark Kuhn, Chair

           Floyd County Auditor                                        Floyd County Board of Supervisors


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