Benton Supervisors – Sept. 17, 2019

Benton County Courthouse

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.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve minutes of September 10, 2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To set land use hearing date for Mark and Crystal Manos in part of the N1/2 NE ¼ 20-86-9 for Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set land use hearing date for Kurt and Elizabeth Blankenhorn in part of Parcel A in the SE ¼ of NE ¼ of 12-82-10 for Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint Jennifer Toenjes to the Veterans Affairs Commission. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #19-5, National Voter Registration Month/Day. Motion carried.

Resolution #19-51

National Voter Registration Month/Day

WHEREAS, The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002; and

WHEREAS, registering to vote empowers eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote on Election Day; and

WHEREAS, while Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in voter registration and voter participation, with more than two-million residents currently registered to vote, some eligible citizens have not yet registered; and

WHEREAS, this month, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is contacting hundreds of thousands of eligible Iowans, encouraging them to register to vote; and

WHEREAS, the voter registration process in Iowa is easier and more convenient than ever before, with online voter registration, Election Day registration, and applications available at various government agencies across the state including at military recruiting centers, and in-person at your polling place; and

WHEREAS, the State of Iowa has an online voter registration system enabling citizens to register to vote and update their registration status quickly and easily, any time of day; and

WHEREAS, more than 5,000 Iowans used the state’s online voter registration system on the declared day last year; and

WHEREAS, we encourage all interested citizens and all appropriate media outlets and civic organizations to participate in this non-partisan voter registration awareness campaign to encourage the maximum participation of qualified voters in Iowa.

NOW, THEREFORE, Benton County Supervisors do hereby proclaim September 2019 as National Voter Registration Month; and Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 as National Voter Registration Day.

Signed this 17th day of September, 2019.

Rick Primmer, Chairman

Gary Bierschenk

Tracy Seeman

ATTEST: Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set the public hearing for accepting bids for courthouse tuck pointing and waterproofing for Tuesday October 22, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve the canvass of the September 10, 2019, Special School Election as read and declare the public measure as passed. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Resolution #19-52, Employment status change for Sydney Barton in the Sheriff’s office. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-52

EMPLOYMENT STATUS CHANGE FOR SYDNEY BARTON

WHEREAS, the Benton County Sheriff has a need for full-time communications officer; and

WHEREAS, Sydney Barton has been employed by Benton County as part-time since August 7, 2018 a;

WHEREAS, Barton has been currently performing the duties of the above mentioned position; and

WHEREAS, the Sheriff recommended that Barton have her employment status be changed from part-time to full-time,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Sydney Barton be changed to a full-time communications specialist in the Sheriff’s office, effective September 17, 2019 at the hourly rate of $16.92 an hour.

Dated 17th day of September 2019.

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Rick Primmer, Chairman

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Gary Bierschenk

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Tracy Seeman

ATTEST:

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Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #19-53, Appointing Timothy Dille as Assistant to the County Attorney. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-53

WHEREAS, Iowa Code 331.904(1) and 331.904(3)sets forth that the board shall certify the base salaries of deputies in the offices of auditor, treasurer, and recorder and the assistants in the county attorney’s office; and

WHEREAS, the Attorney has requested the approval of an assistant, and

WHEREAS, said appointment and certified salary are within the parameters of Iowa Code,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that the appointment of Timothy Dille be approved as assistant attorney, at 85% of the Attorney’s annual salary, effective this date.

Date this 17th day of September, 2019.

BENTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Rick Primmer, Chairman

Gary Bierschenk

Tracy Seeman

Attest: Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve law enforcement contracts with the following cities, that Benton County will provide the protection not to exceed listed hours and total yearly sum will be paid quarterly. Motion carried.

Newhall -15 hours in a week, yearly sum of $19,500

Luzerne-1/2 hour a week, yearly sum of $650

Shellsburg-20 hours a week, yearly sum of $26,000

Van Horne-15 hours a week, yearly sum of $19,500

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Resolution #19-54, tax abatement. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-54

WHEREAS, the City of Belle Plaine has acquired property and were given the appropriate notice of the taxes due; and

WHEREAS, said entity failed to pay said tax; and

WHEREAS, Iowa Code 445.63 provides that the board of supervisors shall abate the tax if the governing body fails to immediately pay the tax,

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the 2018 tax assessed against parcels listed below as follows are hereby abated in the amounts listed pursuant to Iowa Code 445.63:

660-32260 abatement in the amount of $792.00

030-26225 abatement amount of $0

The treasurer is directed to strike the amount listed due from the county system.

Dated this 17th day of September 2019.

Rick Primmer, Chairman

Gary Bierschenk

Tracy Seeman

ATTEST: Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Discussion about who would want to serve as a member to the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors. Supervisor Bierschenk would inquire more what it involved before he commits. Will report back next week.

The Engineer requested a dirt road upgrade for 11th Ave. North of HWY 30 near Hwy 21 interchange. Parizek questioned if the county could use the approach made with sealcoating, in which the landowners pay for half and county pays for half. Final interchange design plans are being put together now by the state and they might let the project next spring, but might take two construction seasons to complete. No action was taken, but Parizek was told to budget accordingly so that it could take place. Supervisor Seeman did some researching and presented a chart of the various towns in Benton County and what they do with their yard waste. After a lengthy discussion last week regarding the unincorporated town of Watkins and how they were handling their waste. Seeman explained that communities like Van Horne, Atkins, Keystone, Newhall and Walford all have town burn piles. Blairstown is closed, but goes to the landfill. Belle Plaine, Norway and Shellsburg have compost piles. Garrison takes big stuff to Vinton or home burn. Luzerne burns on their own properties. Urbana has everything go to the garbage. Vinton has a designated area. Ben Bonar, Benton County Weed Commissioner provided a handout on the Iowa Code as it pertains to the obstruction in the Highway Right of Way 318.3(6) and public nuisance 318.6. In the past, Watkins used to have a burn pile, it was so big it had caught surrounding trees on fire. That is when a “no” dumping sign was placed. That sign was spray painted and soon stolen. Bonar wanted to find a site that does not amount to a heaping pile of garbage in a ditch. If it is allowed to be burned, Bonar was concerned about the precedent it sets. Supervisor Primmer has concerns that if something is burned on county property, the county could get sued. He felt they needed to do their home burning and/or find an alternative spot.

Carol Becker was inquiring about what Benton County is doing or planning to do regarding wind towers. The current ordinance regulates wind generation as a non-agricultural use and standards that apply for approval of a new non-ag use would apply to this use as well. This topic probably needs to be addressed again so that Benton County can be more pro-active in the future. Iowa County has been in the news a lot lately regarding this.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.

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