Floyd County Board
of Supervisors Meeting
February 25, 2014, 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 Schwickerath, Chair, Supv Kamm and Supv Kuhn.
Kuhn/Schwickerath moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 2-0.
Public comment: none
Kuhn/Schwickerath moved to approve February 10, 11, and 18 minutes as
presented. Motion carried 2-0.
Schwickerath/Kuhn moved to
approve the following claims: County #2499-2639
and Secondary Roads #15714-15730. Motion
Updates on various boards/commissions: Supv Kuhn attended an FMC Early Childhood
Iowa meeting where they approved first readings of bylaws and policy changes
and heard reports from providers. Supvs
Schwickerath and Kamm attended the Assessorís Conference Board meeting where
they approved the budget and a 3% increase for the Assessor and Deputy Assessor. Supv Schwickerath attended an Emergency
Management Commission meeting where they approved a FY14 budget amendment, the
FY15 budget and awarded a 3% salary increase following a six month probation
period and a 3% salary increase for FY15.
At the EM meeting, the Commission questioned why the Board of
Supervisors conducts performance evaluations on the Coordinator and why the
Board had the Auditor collect and tally the combined results of the Commission.
Supv Schwickerath will report back to the Commissoin.
Supv Kamm arrived at the meeting.
Kuhn/Kamm approved the liquor license application for
Freeze Frame Bowl. Motion carried 3-0.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve Res #07-14, Interfund
Operating Transfer: Whereas, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors budgeted a
transfer of $230,000 from the General Basic Fund/Conservation Department to the
Conservation Capital Projects/Conservation Reserve Department to fund expenses
for the removal of the dam in Rockford, the construction of a new building at
the Fossil Park, and kiln restoration projects; and Whereas, revenue sources including
grants for the removal of the dam, camping fees, land rent, facility rent, CRP
payments, and assigned and unassigned General Basic Fund balances are intended
to offset the cost of said projects, Therefore, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors authorizes said operating transfer
totaling $230,000 and directs the Auditor to adjust her books accordingly and
notify the County Treasurer of the transfer per this resolution and the record
of its adoption. Motion carried 3-0.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to set a public hearing on March 11 at
9:30 a.m. for the FY15 County budget.
Motion carried 3-0.
Schwickerath/Kuhn moved to approve Res #08-14, Support of Fuel Tax Increase: Whereas, the Floyd County Board of
Supervisors knows the importance of a high quality and properly maintained
transportation system and its impact on economic growth, public safety,
recreational travel, and the agricultural sector; Whereas, Iowa counties rely
on the Road Use Tax Fund which is funded in part by the per gallon fuel tax and
which helps with the cost of building, maintaining, and repairing secondary
roads and bridges; Whereas, according to the Governorís Transportation 2020
Citizen Advisory Council the estimated annual shortfall for the most critical
infrastructure needs is $215 million on a statewide basis; Whereas, counties
unable to address critical road and bridge repair needs due to the shortfall
have turned to bonding, tax increment financing, local option sales tax, and
other alternate funding sources to provide their citizens with safe roads and
bridges; Whereas, counties unable to address critical road and bridge repair
needs due to the shortfall have resorted to downgrading or closing of secondary
roads and bridges and the delaying of needed maintenance and reconstruction; Whereas,
the per gallon fuel tax is the most equitable way to charge for the use of
public roads and bridges and 20-30% of the revenue is generated from
out-of-state travelers and businesses; Whereas, the per gallon fuel tax has not
been significantly increased since 1989 while the cost of construction has
increased more than two and one-half times according to the Iowa Department of
Transportationís Price Trend Index for Iowa Highway Construction; Now therefore
be it resolved, that the Floyd County Board of Supervisors supports a phased-in
10-cent increase in the per gallon fuel tax at minimum and the ongoing
evaluation of long term, sustainable transportation funding solutions; Be it
further resolved, that the Floyd County Board of Supervisors encourages the
Iowa Legislature to pass legislation to phase in a 10-cent per gallon increase
in the fuel tax at minimum and other long term, sustainable transportation
funding solutions; and Be it further resolved, that the Floyd County Board of
Supervisors urges the Governor to encourage passage of legislation that phases
in a 10-cent per gallon increase in the fuel tax at minimum and other long
term, sustainable transportation funding solutions and sign such legislation
when presented after passage by the Iowa General Assembly. Motion carried 3-0.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the Dust Control Policy for
2014 as presented by the County Engineer.
Motion carried 3-0.
Dusten Rolando, County Engineer, informed the Board
that Adam Heitz has not accepted the Secondary Road mechanic position. Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the hiring of
Nathan OíNeill as a mechanic for the Secondary Roads Dept. Motion carried 3-0.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the Secondary Road
Department Summer Wages for 2014 as presented by the County Engineer. Motion carried 3-0.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to open a hearing at 9:30 a.m.
regarding bids for the B-60 Bridge Approach Paving Project. Motion carried 3-0. There were no comments for or against the
project. Kamm/Kuhn moved to close the
hearing at 9:31 a.m. Motion carried 3-0.
Two bids for the project were opened: Allied Manatts Group for $191,204.62 and
Concrete Foundations for $222,858.90.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to accept the bid from Allied Manatts Group for
$191,204.62, subject to confirmation from the Engineerís office that the bid
meets specifications. Motion carried
Rolando provided his timesheet and foremanís notes. Crews have been busy plowing snow. Rolando is looking into purchasing a used
snow blower. The Board and Rolando discussed
how to use the remaining urban renewal bond proceeds for road improvement
projects. A bill for the removal of the
dam in Rockford was discussed. Rolando
provided a salary comparison for counties who share engineers.
The Board continued with FY15 budget reviews. Revision to the budget, state budget forms
and fund balances were discussed.
Future agenda items:
Conference call with Chickasaw County regarding the county engineerís
FY15 employment contract.
The Board recessed at 10:20 a.m.
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors reconvened at
11:05 a.m. at the Nora Springs City Hall with the Cerro Gordo County
Supervisors, Robert Amosson and Phil Dougherty, all acting as trustees for
joint drainage district #6 (Floyd) and #56 (Cerro Gordo). Supv Amosson opened the meeting.
Kent Rode, I & S Group engineer, presented an
engineerís report for proposed repairs or improvements to Main 1 in the joint
district. The report includes three
options: Option 1 is an open ditch and
tile repairs at an estimated cost of $243,563; Option 2 is for open ditch
improvements at an estimated cost of $227,546 plus replacing a failing culvert
an additional estimated cost of $330,500 paid by the railroad; Option 3 is for
a short open ditch at an estimated cost of $281,633. Discussion included pros and cons of the three
options. Rode recommends Option 1. Kamm/Schwickerath moved to accept the
Engineerís Report for Proposed Repairs or Improvement, Main No. 1 Joint
Drainage District #6 and 56, dated February 25, 2014, Project #116480. Motion carried 5-0.
Dougherty/Kuhn moved to set the public hearing regarding
the Engineerís Report for April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Nora Springs City
Hall. Motion carried 5-0.
Since property owner Chris Miller was not present
there was no update on Main 2.
Kamm/Schwickerath motioned to adjourn the
meeting. Motion carried 5-0.
ATTEST: ________________________________________ _________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Roy
N. Schwickerath, Chair
Floyd County Auditor Floyd
County Board of Supervisors