Meeting Minutes
2/25/2014

Floyd County Board of Supervisors Meeting

February 25, 2014, 9:00 AM

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

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 carried 2-0.

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 3-0. 

Engineerís Report:  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

 

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