January 14, 2020
The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Primmer, Seeman and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes of January 7, 2020. Motion carried.
The Board scheduled budget times with various department heads to come and present their FY 21 budget requests. A letter was previously sent out with some guidance from the Board regarding the total asking amounts to keep them the same or reduced from current FY. Throughout the morning portion, they met with Maintenance, Sanitarian/Land Use, Veteran’s Affairs, Transportation, Sheriff and IT/GIS.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint Ben Bonar to the Integrated Vegetation Roadside Management Committee. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To appoint Gary McKenna to property value category re-arrange current members Wayne Siela and Brian Bierschenk on the eminent domain. Wayne will move from licensed realtor to agricultural, and Brian from agrictulture to Property Value. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve the Recorder’s Quarterly Report. Motion carried.
The Board acknowledged receipt of the collective bargaining agreement Local 2003 union’s initial proposal.
Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve General Assistance Quarterly Report. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To set land use hearing date for Matt and Kimberly Johnson for Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. for part of the NW ¼ NE ¼ of 26-85-10.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set land use hearing date for Jeffrey Trosdahl for Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Motion carried.
Jane Drapeaux, Chief Executive Officer for the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. presented the FY 21 budget request along with an update of what the program provides. The request is the same as last year. Drapeaux thanked the Board for their time and commitment to their program.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint Gary McKenna to the E911 Committee. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To enter closed session at 11:30 a.m. pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i))
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To exit closed session at 11:56 a.m. Motion carried.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve employee agreement between Lori Siela and Benton County, Iowa that was discussed in closed session. Motion carried.
There was an hour recess for lunch and the board reconvened at 1:00 p.m and spent the afternoon with the following departments and their FY 21 Budget Requests: Attorney, Treasurer, Recorder, Mental Health/Relief, Engineer and Auditor/Elections. One big topic that always comes to the top during budget time is on the various wages and salary justifications. Due to recent changes in the Treasurer’s office, they are experiencing a shortage of staff and change in duties. Newly appointed Sauer would like mid-year raises to be considered for the clerks in her office. No action was taken at this time.
Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.
Rick Primmer, Chairman
ATTEST: Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor