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Supervisors levy assessment for projected Drainage District shortfall
By Laura Timm
Dec 18, 2008 - 10:15:40 PM

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Iowa County Supervisor Ray Garringer (Mitch Traphagen Photo)
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- On Friday, December 12, 2008, the Iowa County Board of Supervisors met with Ray Garringer, Charlie Montross, Linda Yoder, Bill Keegan, and Ric Gerard all present.


Gerard, as Board Chair, noted that the board has received notice regarding the Sheriff’s mileage (reimbursement) fees set at 55 cents effective January 1, 2009, per IRS ruling.

In other discussions, Garringer noted that (according to an update he'd just received that morning) the Vision Iowa Grant money had suddenly been freed up. According to Jessica O'Riley, Tourism Communications Manager of the Vision Iowa/Cat Grant Program, the Lake Iowa Nature Center project committee had applied for this grant and, by September, had moved through the staff review and the board review portions of the application process. The project's grant application was in negotiations where the final decision to award the money would be made when Governer Chet Culver diverted funds in October to help flood and tornado victim recovery. Although the money has been freed up, it is not certain which projects will receive funding. "There are twenty-one projects asking for twenty-eight million dollars," said O'Riley. "The (VI) board typically doesn't meet in January and had planned to meet next in February, however, because the money is now there, it's possible that they'll meet in January to make some of these decisions."

Tammy Wetjen-Kesterson presented the board with an update on the SAMHSA grant (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Keegan to approve the liquor license for Old Creamery Theatre Company. All voted yes and the motion carried.

Lou McMeen, Drainage District Attorney, presented the board with the a resolution which classifies property for benefits, assesses the benefits and levies said assessments. A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Montross to approve the resolution. All voted yes and the motion carried.

“The Board of Supervisors of Iowa County, Iowa, having met as a drainage board in the matter of Drainage Districts 10 and 12, Iowa County, Iowa, on the 12th day of December, 2008, found that to pay the annual maintenance costs of the levee improvement, to pay drainage district warrants as they come due, and to continue to have a sinking fund would amount to the sum of approximately $69,000.00 per year, and the Board having found that there will be insufficient funds in said Drainage District with which to pay the foregoing without a levy, now finds that it is necessary to levy an assessment against the property in said Drainage District 10 and 12 to cover the above-named costs.”

In part, the resolution states, “The real estate, excluding residential property, included in the Drainage Districts but outside the corporate limits of Marengo, Iowa, be assessed at the rate of $4.00 per acre; That Primary Road 212 be assessed at $25.00; That the corporate property assessed including the C.R.I. & P. Railroad Company’s one-half mile of track, and all other corporate utility properties assessed by the Iowa State Tax Commission within the districts and within the corporate limits of Marengo, Iowa, be assessed on the valuation as fixed by the 12-12-08 Iowa State Tax Commission and be assessed on that valuation at the same rate as property within the corporate limits; That all property within the corporate limits and within the districts (including residential property outside of said corporate limits) except exempt corporate property be assessed on the basis of $1.25 per each thousand dollars of taxable valuation of all real estate as shown by the 2007-2008 tax lists in the office of the County Auditor of Iowa County, Iowa, and against each lot and parcel of ground and each tract of acreage property within the corporate limits of Marengo, Iowa, and within the districts. Tax exempt corporate property within the districts shall be assessed on the basis of $10.00 per lot, using as a basis the size of the lots as originally laid out in the Original Town and Additions thereto.”

The resolution went on to specify that the assessment would be made each year for a period of six years. The taxes will be due and payable on July 1 of each year.

Larry Moore, Levee Supervisor, met with the board to discuss his expected duties and responsibilities as Levee Supervisor. A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Keegan to have the Levee Supervisor come to the board to obtain approval to retain personnel and/or equipment before expenses are incurred, excepting emergency situations. All voted yes and the motion carried. A motion was made by Montross and seconded by Keegan to leave Drainage District at 10:17 a.m. All voted yes and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Garringer and seconded by Keegan to authorize the Board Chair to sign a letter to Amana Society Farms regarding control and management of noxious weeds on Amana Society Properties (presented by Duane Stohlmann, Roadside Manager). All voted yes and the motion carried.

JinYeene Neuman, County Engineer, presented the board with her department’s current year expenditures, revenues and fiscal year 2010 budget projections. The road department's budget appears to be on track (at around 43 percent for the year) considering projects tend to slow at this time of year and considering some costs already accounted for were in preparation for winter weather such as an ample supply (as much as can be stored) of salt for roads. Bids for the Iowa County Project L-S- 2016-08 were received and will be awarded at the next Board meeting on December 19.

Vic Rathje, Conservation Board, discussed the Forest Reserve review process and application fee. A proposal for a resolution was presented to the board to charge for this service. Lou McMeen will be contacted to prepare a resolution.

Lee Sorenson, Conservation Director, presented the board with his department’s current year expenditures and revenues and FY 2010 budget projections. Revenues appear to be up and the department appears to be ahead $9,000 for the fiscal year in the camping fund.

Trista Schaffner, Board of Health, presented the Board with her department’s current year expenditures and revenues and FY 2010 budget projections. The board and Schaffner discussed the responsibilities of the board of Health. Expenditures as of November FY 2009 were up $6,947.58 as opposed to this time last year. The department appears to be at about 41 percent as opposed to 40 percent at this time last year but revenues also appear to be up $15,059.34 (41 percent as opposed to 33 percent at this time last year). Schaffner's expenditures and projections included a written statement, "Should have enough to cover whole year. Was used up by January last year."

A motion was made by Keegan and seconded by Montross to authorize the Board Chair to authorize $13,550 in appropriations be moved from the sheriff to the jail and $44,472 in appropriations be moved from the sheriff to the Sheriff’s Forfeiture for a total of $58,022. All voted yes and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Montross to implement the county's mileage reimbursement rate at 45 cents effective January 1, 2009. (For mileage other than official duty mileage for the sheriffs office) All voted yes and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Keegan to enter Drainage District at 11:36 a.m. All voted yes and the motion carried. A motion was made by Garringer and seconded by Montross to authorize the Chair to sign a disclosure to decline the terrorism insurance coverage with Colony Insurance Company. All voted yes and the motion carried. A motion was made by Keegan and seconded by Montross to leave Drainage District at 11:37 a.m. All voted yes and the motion carried.

Paul Greufe, HR Director, discussed the county employee's sick leave policy with the board. A motion was made by Montross and seconded by Yoder to freeze current hours, wage, and percentage. Yoder, Gerard and Montross voted yes, Keegan and Garringer voted no and the motion passed.

A motion was made by Yoder and seconded by Montross to approve a resolution that stated, “The number of deputies, assistants, and clerks for each office shall be determined by the board and the number and approval of each appointment shall be adopted by a resolution recorded in the minutes of the board.”

All voted yes and the motion carried.


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