Supervisors deal with land use, dust control in first meeting closed to the public

Technology helps public to follow meetings

Benton County Board Supervisors had their meeting on video March 31, since it was closed to the public

VINTON – Land use, COVID-19 and dust control were the main topics for the Benton County Board of Supervisors at their meeting, March 31, at the courthouse in Vinton.

The board approved the final plat of Fehl First Addition to Benton County. Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee said this was a reshaping of the lots within the addition.

A land use hearing was held for Jeffrey and Amy Herbert, Marion, for land in Section 28, Leroy Township. They have a 20-acre parcel near Blairstown. They want to build a new home on the land. They will use one acre for the house. The land is not in production. The Corn Suitability Rating (CSR) is 30.

The final plat was approved for ZRCompany Addition to Benton County. This is for a new building on the property.

Class B Liquor Licenses were approved for Bloomsbury Farm and Watkins Community Athletic Association.

A budget amendment hearing was set for April 24 at 9:30 a.m. Department heads will meet with the board on why their budgets need to be amended before the hearing notice is published.

Riverview Center had the board sign a proclamation for April Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Supervisor Richard Primmer explained what other counties are doing during COVID-19. Some are meeting remotely. The board meetings are now closed to the public, but can be listened to through Zoom and or viewed on YouTube. The also discussed the impact on small businesses, HACAP, conservation, hand sanitizers for offices and the primary election.

A utility permit was approved to bury electric under 19th Avenue, and along 62nd Street Drive in Big Grove Township.

A utility permit was approved for buried water under 55th Street in Harrison Township.

A utility permit was approved to bury electric line under and along 79th Street Trail in Iowa Township, near the city limits of Belle Plaine.

Mark Volesky was rehired for seeding work, starting April 1.

Engineer Myron Parizek said that in the past secondary roads has offered MC-70 dust control. With county offices closed, permits need to be done by mail, e-mail or fax. He has gathered oil and rock prices. He recommended the program continue, with the first 400 feet be the same at $1,185, and $2 per foot after that, with a minimum of 50-foot increments. The permits end Friday, May 8. Supervisors Tracy Seeman and Gary Bierschenk asked about maintenance of the dust control.

A closed session with Benton County Attorney David Thompson was held at the close of the meeting regarding pending litigation The code cited was Iowa Code 21.5(1)c “To discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation.”

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