Floyd County Board
of Supervisors Meeting
March 31, 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.
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 Kamm attended a Central Iowa Juvenile
Detention Center meeting and open house.
Supv Kuhn attended the annual meeting of the Cedar Valley RC&D where
they elected officers, reviewed the budget and discussed how to allocate
$38,000 which potentially could be allocated to hire a staff person to help
with the Upper Cedar Watershed Management Improvement Authority. Kuhn also attended a Second Judicial District
meeting where they discussed funding and a justice appropriations bill, if
passed, would provide an additional $227,000.
Supv Schwickerath attended the statewide supervisor’s meeting where gas
tax legislation was discussed, a County Social Services meeting where they
discussed a push to put off the “claw back” savings legislation for another
year because the actual savings are hard to identify at this time, a FC Housing
trust fund meeting where they discussed the furnace replacement program, and a
NIVC fundraiser. All supervisors
attended the retirement party for Doug Schroeder, Conservation Director.
Matt Ring, Nationwide 457b representative, reviewed
information on a new plan offering with Nationwide which would use Morningstar
as the plan’s co-fiduciary with the county.
This opportunity would reduce current 95/80/70 basis points on non-fixed
assets down to zero and the current 3.5% minimum yield on fixed assets to no
minimum. The new plan requires a minimum
of $500,000 which we are well above at approximately $1.3 million. The overall net effect if we changed would be
a loss of $4,390 in fixed asset interest but a savings of about $7,500 with no
basis points, netting $3,100 in savings. This could be a significant impact to
individuals over a long term and a beneficial.
There are approximately 7-8 people with more than 50% of their
investments in fixed accounts that may be negatively affected but the majority
would result in a better position. Ring
will check to see if there would be any fees should the $1.3 million fall below
$500,000. Should changes take place, employees
would be provided a 60-day notice and would also be discussed at the May
employee benefit meetings.
Michael Morlan, Emergency Management Coordinator,
inquired if county employees would be able to assist with Emergency Operating
Center functions during a disaster.
Approximately five classes would be expected for willing employees to
take so they have a better understanding of EOC and more would be available if
interested. The Board requested that
Morlan come up with a policy on the interaction and responsibilities of county
Laurie Simpson, Safety Coordinator, provided a plan of
action for NIMS training for ICS100, IS700, ICS300 and ICS400. All employees are expected to take the ICS100
and IS700 and would be trained by Morlan.
Department Heads would be required to take ICS300 and ICS400 and would
be trained by Mitch Nordmeyer, Bremer County Emergency Coordinator. Both trainings would be conducted within the
county. Simpson is also working on a
spreadsheet compiling all employee training in one format.
The Board discussed candidates for filling the
additional new appointments to the Veteran Affairs Commission and an
appointment for a term ending July 1. All Supervisors are working with potential
Joe Myhre, NIACOG Director, requested that several
counties provide letters of support for a grant opportunity to develop and
implement an economic risk assessment and disaster resilience plan aimed at
helping businesses and organization in Iowa’s Avenue of the Saints corridor to
better prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Due to a deadline prior to the board’s next
regular meeting, Schwickerath will be signing a letter of support to Dr.
Kenneth Polle, CEO, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, for the US
Dept of Commerce, Economic Development Administration/Economic Adjustment
Assistance Grant Program.
Diane Winters filed a Use of Courthouse Grounds application
to put signs on the courthouse property for this Saturday’s ChickFest
event. Due to the event being held prior
to the board’s next regular meeting, Schwickerath approved the application with
the full board noting his approval today.
The Board noted resolutions from the city of Nashua
for a General Obligation Loan Agreement of $150,000 for infrastructure and
$200,000 for the Municipal Power House and PreLevy for both.
The Board noted resolutions from the city of Charles
City for agreements with Pro Cattle Partner LLC, Broadband, Inc, and Charles
City Revitalization using tax increment payments and authorizing a loan
agreement/issuance of $335,000 in General Obligation Corporate Purpose
Bonds/levy for various projects.
The status of the operations of the Floyd County jail
were discussed. EMC Insurance reported
that they have no issues with insuring the jail after reviewing the October
jail inspection letter and report. Sheriff
Rick Lynch said his decision, as the person responsible for the care and
custody of the jail, was made based on a liability issue after his discussion with
County Attorney Norm Klemesrud who told him the letter poses additional
liability. Lynch said that it is now up
to the Board since the FY15 budget has been certified with the reduction in the
budget per his proposal. Kuhn recapped
the November 4, 2013 meeting, the January budget review process, and last
week’s meeting with stakeholders affected by the change in the status of the
jail which left many unanswered questions.
Kuhn believes it is the decision of the Sheriff to decide whether or not
to change the hours of the jail and that he believes the jail should continue
to operate the same as we have with the board’s obvious responsibility to amend
the FY15 budget to accommodate. The
Sheriff proposed three options to staff the jail: Option 1-two full-time/two part-time jailers increasing
the FY15 budget by $60,927 which later he said would likely not work, Option
2-two full-time/three part-time jailers and housing inmates only overnight and
long-term inmates in Mitchell County, potentially increasing the budget by
$89,643, subject to how much is paid to Mitchell County to house long term
inmates; Option 3-continue with current
staff of five full-time/two part-time jailers, keeping the status quo on jail
services, increasing the budget $80,429. Lynch commented that he currently has two
jailers scheduled to work together 80% of the time; only one works 20% of the
time alone. Ralph Smith, attorney for
Charles City, stated that options 2 or 3 would address the concerns of the
city. Marilyn Dettmer, Magistrate Judge,
said options 2 or 3 would address the concerns of the court. However, as a taxpayer, Dettmer expressed the
concerns of costs and questioned the need to house inmates in other counties if
this jail is going to be open 24/7 since there has been no history of liability
issues and our insurance company is going to cover claims should there be any. Lynch reported that segregation of inmates is
the major problem. Schwickerath
commented on the changes in jail over the 73 years of its existence. Smith, as a taxpayer, commented that the
county could bring someone in to advise on the options from redoing the
courthouse, building a new one, or going with another county. Kamm has contacted an architect to visit on
April 7 to look over the jail. Kuhn
questioned a notice Lynch provided to the staff on January 28 following the
board’s discussion regarding liability concerns and other issues with the
Mitchell County contract and believes it qualifies Lynch’s intentions of
changing the status of the jail regardless of the Board’s position and also
mentioned other items that hadn’t been addressed prior to Lynch’s January
announcement that Kuhn believes should have been. Lynch reiterated that he made a decision
based on the safety of his employees, the liability of the county, the
taxpayers and his personal liability which hasn’t changed and defended his January
notice to his staff. Kuhn also expressed
concern of staff being let go if the county proceeded housing inmates in
Mitchell County on a trial basis as suggested at a previous meeting by
Schwickerath and then if it doesn’t work we change the status back to the way
it is now; we may have unnecessarily affected the lives of the jailers
previously let go. Schwickerath
commented that communication should have been better and that we need to move
on. Klemesrud said it is the Sheriff’s
decision of whether or not to close the jail and the supervisor’s
responsibility to fund the housing of inmates and suggested the board and
sheriff commit to keeping the jail open until issues can be resolved and
stakeholders can be provided with at least a 60 day notice before any changes
are made. The consensus was that the
jail will stay open in some fashion and the board would be willing to amend the
budget. This will provide at least 30
days before July 1 to make final decisions.
Steve Diers, Charles City City Administrator, introduced
himself and welcomes working with the county on the jail issue.
Future agenda items:
RAGBRAI passing through Rockford and courthouse projects
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