Benton Supervisors – Aug. 13, 2019

August 13, 2019

The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Bierschenk and Seeman present.  Primmer called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.  Summarized Resolutions will be available in the Auditor’s office and at:

Benton County Courthouse

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve minutes of August 6, 2019.  Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve farm exemption application for Ryan and Allison Rich in part of the SW ¼ NW ¼ of Section 26-85-11. Motion carried.

The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Robert Moore in part of the N1/2 NE1/4 of 2-85-9. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance.  This property meets all the requirements. They would like to put a module home on the family owned land with the existing well that is code compliant will be shared. CSR is 40, and there is already an existing driveway that met requirements. Adjacent land owners were notified and no responses were heard. No other comments, the Chair declared the hearing closed.

Seeman moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To approve land use change of 1 acre for Robert Moore in part of the N1/2 NE1/4 of 2-85-9. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To certify the suspended tax list to Department of Human Services (DHS). Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #19-45, Committed Funds as of June 30, 2019 in accordance with GASB 54. Motion carried.

Toni Parizek, Veterans Affairs Director was asked to do some research and report back to the board. She needed guidance for the final decisions regarding the flag pole with placement and lighting to be put up at the Benton County Service Center. The Board agreed with the suggestions and advised Parizek to make it happen. 

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded; To approve hiring of Ross Hanson and Sherry Sakshaug for part-time communications specialists in the Sheriff’s office, at the starting rate of $15.92 with an increase to $16.92 after required training is complete. This will be effective August 13, 2019. Motion carried.

 Sheriff also brought up concerns for spraying at the Benton County Service Center in the Rural Access Center. He presented quotes from Presto X. Auditor Rippel was going to check with current agreement and see if an addendum for that can be added. 

Chris Ward and Tami Stark, representing the City of Vinton came to discuss the suspended tax situation on parcel 240-16300. The city will be adding some special assessments to this parcel and had questions on what qualifies it to be suspended or not and how often one can obtain the status.  Treasurer Kelly Rae Geater was present to answer some questions and referred to Iowa Code 427.9. 

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Resolution #19-46, Remove Bridge Embargo 0.1 mile east of the SW corner of section 33-85N-9W (Benton Township) on 62nd Street. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To set public hearing date of Tuesday September 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. for the sale of real property for HWY 30 Project: NHSN-30-6(101)—2R-06 in 34-83-12. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payroll checks numbered 140807 through 140830,  ACH deposits numbered 38845 through 38986,  vendor checks numbered 232126 through 232133, claims numbered 232134 through 232344 . Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Primmer seconded: To enter into closed session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(g). Motion carried at 11:15 a.m.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To exit closed session at 11:42 a.m. Motion carried.

The Board, County Auditor, Conservation Director, Conservation employees along with members of the Conservation Board went on a tour of various county parks with the generosity of Benton County Transportation. Director Dana Burmeister drove them around in one of the county transit buses.  The Board was able to see the improvements that have recently been made within the parks along with those currently in progress.  This was also a time to discuss areas of concerns and hear of upcoming improvements that hope to be in the near future. 

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To adjourn at 6:05 p.m. Motion carried.

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