Minutes issued on supervisors’ meeting on November 5 and 8

November 5, 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.

Benton County Courthouse

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes of October 29, 2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: Approve 61 hours of vacation carryover for Ben Turnis, to be used by April 30, 2019. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: Acknowledge resignation of part-time transportation driver, Randy Arndt effective October 25, 2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Resolution #19-59, Certifying Homestead, Military and Disabled Veterans’s credit for the 2019 assessment year. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-59

APPROVAL AND DISAPPROVAL OF HOMESTEAD TAX CREDITS, MILITARY TAX CREDITS, AND DISABLED VETERAN’S HOMESTEAD TAX CREDITS FOR 2019 ASSESSMENT

WHEREAS, Iowa law provides that property owners may apply for certain credits against their property tax; and

WHEREAS, new applications for various credits have been submitted to the assessor, in accordance with law, for his approval or disapproval; and

WHEREAS, the assessor has made recommendations and provided said applications to the auditor; and

WHEREAS, the auditor has submitted said applications to the board of supervisors for their consideration; and

WHEREAS, the board of supervisors is required to allow or disallow the credit,

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the remainder of the applications for Homestead Credit, Military Credit, and/or Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Credit that were filed with the assessor on or before July 1, 2019, for the 2019 assessment year are allowed based on the assessor’s recommendation. The assessor is to maintain a permanent file of the applications in accordance with law.

Signed this ­­­­5th day of November, 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

Toni Parizek, Veterans Affairs Director provided an update and explained how Parizek is now spending the 1st Wednesday’s of the month in Belle Plaine from 9 to 3:30. She also brought up the idea of how she would like to work remotely on Fridays. The Board disagreed with that idea and quoted the county handbook.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve Resolution #19-60, Hiring Maintainer Operator for secondary roads. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-60

WHEREAS: Benton County Secondary Roads Department has a Maintainer Operator to fill at the Van Horne Shed and

WHEREAS: Applications were accepted for the position and

WHEREAS: These applications have been narrowed to one.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED By the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Richard McNamara be hired to fill the position as Maintainer Operator at a starting wage of $20.75 per hour starting November 25, 2019. This is an Equipment Operator II classification with a Labor Grade IVA.

Signed this ­­­­5th day of November, 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

Sheriff Tippett updated the board on a variety of things including the new cameras that were installed and he also provided a copy of the recent jail inspection report. Tippett also discussed the need for vehicle purchases and how he would like to take one patrol car out of rotation and sell to Foundation 2 for a dollar, and they would use it for the co-responder unit and would be responsible to insure it.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve of the process for the sheriff to purchase the new patrol vehicles and offering one for the Foundation 2’s use. Motion carried.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #19-61, Changing employment status of Lindsey Upah in the Rural Access Center from part-time to full and also approve hiring of two part-time positions . Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-61

EMPLOYMENT STATUS CHANGE FOR LINDSEY UPAH

WHEREAS, the Benton County Sheriff has a need for full-time Rural Access Center Manager; and

WHEREAS, Lindsey Upah has been employed by Benton County as part-time since July 15, 2019 a;

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

WHEREAS, the Sheriff recommended that Upah 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 Lindsey Upah be changed to a full-time office administrator in the Rural Access Center, effective November 13, 2019 at the hourly rate of $21.34 an hour.

Dated 5th day of November 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

Treasurer Kelly Geater provided a letter with her resignation intention. No action was taken.

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

November 8, 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 9:30 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.

Bierschienk moved/Seeman seconded: With regret to officially acknowledge the resignation of Benton County Treasurer Kelly Rae Geater effective December 2, 2019. Motion carried.

Auditor Rippel presented Iowa Code Chapter 69 and how to proceed in filling the vacancy of an elected official. The office of Treasurer is held by the County Auditor in case of a vacancy. The vacancy will last until the end of the term or the next time the County is called for an election. However, it cannot appear on a Primary Ballot so that means we are looking at the next General Election in November 2020. The Board has two choices, either fill the vacancy by appointment, which would carry through until November of 2020 and then it would have to be elected on at that time, or they can call a special election. If it is filled by appointment, they have 40 days after the vacancy occurs which puts that date to January 9, 2020. If they call for a special election, the Auditor needs a minimum of 46 day notice and it has other provisions as well to look at. Both of these choices would require public notices, therefore we need to make some decisions and plan accordingly to get this vacancy filled. The County Attorney was also present and weighed in on some options and pointed out that the fairer the process looks, the less likely a petition would be filed.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To fill the vacancy of the County Treasurer by appointment. Motion carried.

The Board, Rippel and Thompson worked on wording for the publication, where to publish and the timeline they need to follow to meet the requirements of the appointment process. Thompson also stressed the importance of the veterans’ preference statute if this is opened up to the public. Regardless if opened up to the public or only to the county employees there needs to be a deadline to submit their interest for that as well.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To open up the vacancy position to the public with a deadline for applications be Friday December 6, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. with the appointment date of Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Motion carried.

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

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Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

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