Schoettmer sworn in as Benton County Treasurer

Melinda Schoettmer (center) was sworn in as Benton County Treasurer at the Benton County Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Also sworn in were deputies Joy McGowan and Rose Sackett.

VINTON – Melinda Schoettmer was appointed by the Benton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 7, to fill the vacancy that was originally left from Kelly Geater, and then Michele Sauer, who left March 31, 2020.

The treasurer’s position is through Dec. 31, 2022, but it will be on the upcoming election to fulfill that term from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022, and then will be on the regular voting schedule again for the 2022 elections, according to Benton County Auditor Hayley Rippel.

Department needs were given to the supervisors as they prepared for an amendment to the budget for this year. The fiscal year ends June 30, 2020. This will be for the engineer’s office, for carriers and gravel roads. It also impacts conservation to help get a wildlife habitat grant and other items, and the sheriff’s office. The hearing will be held later.

Health insurance was approved for next fiscal year, as well as life insurance. The health insurance is the same as this year. Life insurance is with Kingston Life.

A session was held to discuss Benton County’s efforts with COVID-19. Supervisor Chairman Richard Primmer felt the county should stay with the “status quo” through April 30, as recommended by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The original measures taken were set to expire Monday, April 13. The board agreed and approved the action. Future actions might be taken if the governor changes her recommendations. There was also discussion on how COVID-19 will impact the county’s budget.

A second closed session was held with Benton County Attorney David Thompson on pending litigation, according to pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)c.

The meeting was streamed at: https://youtu.be/jXONd1I19l4

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