County officials look at Covid-19 numbers for Benton County

County officials meet in Vinton.

Sheriff feels people in Benton County are paying attention

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – Before going into a closed session to discuss strategies for dealing with Covid-19 at county facilities, Benton County officials discussed the county’s status at the July 28 meeting of Benton County Board of Supervisors.

Prior to the session, the board visited with Sheriff Ron Tippett and Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Supervisor Gary Bierschenk asked if numbers were going to go up as soon as fall hits. Cox nodded and said yeah. “I think they’re just going to keep picking up.”

Tippett stressed, “We’re still in very good shape right here, considering what’s going around us,” referring to neighboring counties. Bierschenk pointed out a lot of people from Benton County work in the areas surrounding Benton County. Numbers are lower in Benton County compared to Tama, Black Hawk and Linn Counties.

“It’s because they’re paying better attention,” Tippett said of Benton County people.

Cox added that a lot businesses now have things in place, such as face guards and masks.

They also briefly discussed how to spray down the facilities as well as transportation vehicles.

They went into closed session according to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) k. (To discuss information contained in records in the custody of a governmental body that are confidential records pursuant to section 22.7, subsection 50.)

Land use

A land use hearing was set for Chris and Julie Frimml for Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at 9:15 a.m., for land is Section 10, Eldorado Township. Township.

A land use hearing was held for David and Mary Paustian for land in Section 31, Benton Township. They want to build a wine production facility at their residence east of Vinton in Terrace Green Estates. They need to be licensed by the state to sell the product, and they need to show they are properly zoned. This is in a residential subdivision with restrictive covenants. Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee presented a document that showed neighbors approved changes for the lots in question, signed by people in the development. It also allows signage and special events. The business will be in the existing attached garage. They’d like to add an addition to this. There are also vineyards in some of their lots. The driveway can be used, but if changes are made and it becomes a business, they would have to widen it. Greenlee said there is no problem with existing agricultural land in the area, and the signed document showed there was no concern with the them having the business there. The board approved the land use change unanimously.

Other business

The board approved a handwritten claim to Stark Construction for the Transportation Building.

The board tabled the East Central Iowa Local Workforce Development shared liability agreement.

The board approved the purchase agreement for temporary and permanent easement for bridge replacement project on V37 in Bruce Township , for land belonging to Matt and Connie Hobson.

The board approved the purchase agreement for temporary and permanent easement for bridge replacement project in Cedar Township on 53rd Street.

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