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
Floyd County Auditor Floyd
County Board of Supervisors