Floyd County Board
of Supervisors Meeting
March 24, 2014, 9:00 AM
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met in the Assembly Room of the Floyd County
Courthouse with the following in attendance:
Supv. Schwickerath, Chair, Supv Kamm, and Supv. Kuhn.
Kamm/Kuhn moved to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Claims will be reviewed individually prior to
tomorrow’s regular meeting.
Updates on previous boards/commissions/activities: Supv Kuhn attended an Area Development Corporation-Site
Selection Committee where they discussed MidAmerican Energy building
restrictions around the wind turbines in the Industrial Park Area and at a
second meeting the wind turbine area and other areas were visited. Supv Kuhn also attended an FMC Early
Childhood Iowa meeting where they reviewed the Excellence Program documents and
a Tourism meeting where projects throughout Floyd County were reviewed. Supv
Kamm attended a Landfill meeting, a NIACOG meeting, an Airport meeting where
they discussed a new hanger, a Conservation meeting where they discussed the
director’s retirement, and a Business Improvement meeting where they did some
brainstorming. Supv Schwickerath
attended a Chamber and Joint Entity meeting.
All three supervisors attended the annual Soil and Water Conservation
The Board presented Sheriff Lynch with a 20-year
service award certificate. Frank
Rottinghaus, County Treasurer, also received a 20-year certificate.
The Board discussed the impact of the change of
operations to the jail. The following
attended: Sheriff Rick Lynch, Deputy
Jeff Crooks, Lead Jailer April Watenpuhl, and County Attorney Norm Klemesrud
from Floyd County, Supvs Shannon Paulus and Joel Voaklander, County Attorney Mark
Walk, and Sheriff Greg Beaver from Mitchell County, Mayor Erb, City
Administrator Steve Diers, City Attorney Ralph Smith, Councilman Jerry Joerger,
and Public Safety Director Mike Wendel from the City of Charles City, Chief Randy
Schweizer from Rockford, Chief Jesse Dugan from Nora Springs, Clerk of Court Julie
Kneip, Magistrate Judge Marilyn Dettmer, District Court Judge Newell, and an Iowa
State Trooper. Supv Schwickerath
provided an overview of the inspection report noting deficiencies in the jail
and the budget review process presented by the Sheriff in January which
included housing inmates in Mitchell County.
Lynch read Jail Inspector Delbert Longley’s comments about the jail being
an older facility that does not meet the current needs of the staff or the
public. Discussion included: 1) Costs to make changes/build new: Lynch commented that we are landlocked on 4th
floor. In 2002 there was talk of adding
another 10 people by expanding a work release area on the magistrate court side
if they were to vacate. In 2003 Lynch
and Chief Wendel looked at approximately 15 law enforcement centers. The old Kmart/Theisen’s building was talked
about. To build new would require a vote
to bond. No formal analysis has been
done. 2) Liability: Lynch commented that first and foremost were
his concerns to reduce the liability of the county and addressed his concerns
with Klemesrud. Smith suggested that the
county is concluding there is a liability without doing an analysis and
suggested contacting EMC insurance to see if the inspection report is of
concern to them should the jail remain open as is. Wendel questioned liability should an OWI
arrest be made, processed using the data master here, and causing loading and
unloading the person twice. Dettmer
suggested additional risk of officers transporting to Osage during blizzards. 3)
Contract with Mitchell Co: The original
proposed contract was $135,000, based on six inmates housed per day. The current average is eight inmates. A revised proposal is based on a daily rate
per inmate actually housed per day. Lynch
said this could range between $120,000-170,000 per year. He also stated that although there will be a
contract with Mitchell Co, where inmates are taken is up to the officer. 4) Transports: Lynch said each law enforcement agency will
do the initial transports. The county
will do transports to and from hearings.
Klemesrud said the arresting officer has the responsibility to get the
person to the jail, however, if the highway patrol makes an arrest, they will
contact the sheriff department for transport.
Interpretations differ between Dettmer, the city and the counties on
getting the person “to the jail” or “to the county” and who does the transport from
Floyd Co to Mitchell Co for people arrested by city officers. Klemesrud stated that who pays for the
initial transport remains to be discussed.
Attorney General opinions, the Iowa Code, and case law need to be
reviewed. Wendel said at times there
could be multiple arrests that may leave him with insufficient coverage due to
transports. 5) How long before the state would close the jail? The state has not made a decision to close
the jail. The County does not intend to
close the jail but will only house inmates during week days. The jail remains subject to annual
inspections. Schwickerath said the
county has made a decision to try this process and if it doesn’t work, inmates
can be brought back to Floyd Co at any time.
Revisions to the proposed contract allow the county to terminate at any
time within the first year. 6) Budget: The County does not anticipate additional
costs because we have always done transports across the county. Budgeted expenses were reduced by $100,000
from FY14 to FY15. With approximately
250 arrests per year, the City of Charles City expects transports to have an
impact on their budget. Dugan stated
that the additional four miles for Nora Springs to transport approximately 50
times per year to Osage should not affect them much. 8) Warrants:
Wendel questioned if officers will be able to verify original warrants
timely; Lynch said the office would not be covered 24/7 but offered to give the
warrants to the city or the city could call a deputy or a city officer could
come to the county to check warrants. 9)
Bailiff: Dettmer questioned who would be
available for magistrate court on weekends; Lynch responded that a jailer would
be here. 10) Inmate injuries at initial
arrest/processing: Wendel questioned
what hospital to take inmates to; Sheriff Beaver said the Mitchell Co
Hospital/Emergency Room will process with no problems. Beaver will not take inmates if they are
injured or intoxicated until cleared from the emergency room. Future activities: 1) The County will contact EMC for a review
of the inspector’s report. 2) The City
of Charles City will draft a proposal to present to Lynch and the supervisors
as to what is expected of reimbursement to the city from the county. 3) The county attorneys and Sheriffs will
work out details of the agreement for Mitchell Co’s services. 4) Law enforcement agencies need to work out
details with the Sheriff on how to handle specific issues.
The FY14 budget amendment documents were
reviewed. The amendment needs to be to
the newspaper by this Wednesday and published by Friday.
The Board discussed the status of the implementation
of the revised employee handbook. To
date, all but one board has approved the document. Most notices of receipt of the document from
employees have been received. Last week
eight employees were successfully tested through payroll with the new vacation
The Board noted the receipt of a resolution from the
City of Marble Rock regarding an amendment of their Urban Renewal plan for the
Bradstreet Economic Development District.
The Board discussed moving the bulletin board for public
notices from outside of the Board Room/Auditor’s office to ground floor. For the time being, notices will be posted on
the bulletin board near the stairwell.
The Auditor will check the cost of a locked case. Supv Schwickerath will advise department
heads at next week’s monthly department head meeting.
Future agenda items:
drainage district meetings on April 8.
Kamm/Kuhn motioned to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0.
ATTEST: ________________________________________ _________________________________
Gloria A. Carr Roy
N. Schwickerath, Chair
Floyd County Auditor Floyd
County Board of Supervisors