Routine business for Benton Supervisors

Benton County Courthouse

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – It was routine business for the Benton County Board of Supervisors at their meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the courthouse in Vinton.

The board approved the National Voter Registration Proclamation. The meeting was held on National Voter Registration Day.

The board approved the Homestead, Military and Disabled Veterans Credits for 2020 Assessment Year.

The board accepted the resignation of Dave Davis from Benton County Transportation.

Mike Rathje was appointed as Fremont Township trustee.

The board reviewed a quote from RC Tech on audio wiring for the courtroom. This is to help with audio due to participants wearing shields and masks. The board wanted to meet with RC Tech and the Clerk of Court regarding the pricing at the next meeting.

A committed funds resolution was approved.

A land use hearing was held for Tim and Shelby Folken, Walker, for land in Section 3, Polk Township. They’d like to build a new home on two acres of land owned by Tim’s mother. The surrounding land use is mostly residential and it won’t interfere with any farm operations, according to Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee. The land use change was approved.

The board discussed the presidential directive regarding the social security tax. Auditor Hayley Rippel said this allows counties and state offices to hold off on deducting for social security, then doubling and paying it back in January. The county chose to opt out of this.

Benton County Engineer Myron Parizek received approval on a box culvert replacement on 75th Street in Florence Township. Benton County had five bidders for this project at the opening. The bids were accepted and will be reviewed by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The county is going with the lowest responsible bidder, which was Iowa Bridge and Culvert. This was also recommended by the IDOT. They are currently finishing a culvert near Atkins and will start on one near Tara Hills, near 19th Avenue.

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