Supervisors had meeting October 8

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 October 1, 2019 with an addition per Primmer in the flood ordinance discussion regarding the Sanitarian’s duties and proceeding with replacement hire. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Primmer seconded: Approve Auditor’s Quarterly Report ending September 30, 2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Sheriff’s Quarterly Report ending September 30, 2019. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payroll checks numbered 140897 through 140918, ACH deposits numbered 39425 through 39572, vendor checks numbered 23803 through 232810, claims numbered 232811 through 232954. Motion carried.

The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Kenneth Nemececk in part of the SE1/4 SE1/4 of 24-84-9. No media or members of the public were present. Nemececk was present. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Nemecek was contacted by the ATF to see if his zoning status for his gun sales permit was compliant, and it was learned that it was not.  Greenlee told the Board that the only way for Nemecek to be compliant was to seek a change in land use.  He has applied for a change of 1 acre for a new non-ag use.  The required notification was sent to the adjacent landowner’s and published in the official newspapers and no comments were heard for or against. Hearing no other further comments, the public hearing was closed.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve land use change for Kenneth Nemecek in part of the SE1/4 SE1/4 of 24-84-9. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Treasurer’s Report of Investments as of September 30, 2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve law enforcement contract with City of Blairstown for a yearly sum of $19,500 to be paid quarterly and not to exceed 15 hours a week. Motion carried.

Dana Burmeister and Tracy Seeman updated the other board members about what they found out regarding the requirements and blueprint recommendations for the new transportation building. They have talked with Brock Genesis at ECICOG and everyone seems to be on the same wavelength. Seeman has spoken with Prull Custom Desings, LLC, and shared the design that McDowell’s provided. They will get a finalized approved blue print of the plans and start on the timeline of events.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve hiring of Randy Arndt as part-time driver for Benton County Transportation at an hourly rate of $12.51 effective October 14, 2019. Motion carried.

United Business Technologies, Inc. were back with added information from a previous meeting for a new quoted upgraded phone system all integrated into one and hosted at a single data center that would allow the EMA to be on same system. Since the last meeting, they have met with all department heads and listened to their feedback as to what was needed. There would be a 3 year lease agreement, United Business would retain ownership during the contract time, after that it would be the counties, but the software license would still be needed accordingly. The Board wanted to allow the county attorney to look over the agreement before official approval. No action was taken.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set bid letting date for bridge replacement project #L-PO-5037–73-06 for October 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve title sheet for bridge replacement project on 33rd Ave in Polk Township. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve purchase of a new laptop for the courthouse security to host all the new security cameras.

The Board and the public were invited to attend an open house tour of a new swine facility located at 1729 64th Street, Garrison, IA.

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

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