Benton County officials concerned about rising Covid-19 numbers

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – The Benton County Board of Supervisors briefly discussed rising Covid-19 numbers in the state and for Benton County at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Vinton.

Supervisor Chairman Richard Primmer looked at the rise in Benton County numbers, and observed, “This adds more fuel to our fire for being cautious at our front door, so to speak.” The courthouse is closed to the public now, with people being allowed in by appointment only. He said hardly a day goes by when he’s asked about opening the courthouse. His advice to them is to make an appointment.

The next meeting on the status of access to the courthouse is Sept. 15.

Other business

Allison Hicks met with the board regarding an application for a grant, and hosting a history preservation conference in Vinton. They applied for a $7,000 grant for the conference planned in October 2021. The board approved supporting the application.

Scott Bahmann was approved as a full-time sheriff’s deputy.

An easement agreement was approved with the City of Newhall. The city plans solar panels on county property. The city will maintain the property.

Marc Greenlee, land use administrator, met with the board regarding Austin Pettit and his request for a variance to the subdivision ordinance, so Austin can build a home. The board approved the variance. He will still have to make a final plat.

They approved a resolution for temporary road closure for construction a box culvert on 19th Ave. in Union Township. This is near Tara Hills Country Club. It is expected the road will be closed for five weeks, according to Engineer Myron Parizek.

The board went into closed session regarding a claim.

First part of meeting

Second part of meeting

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