Benton County looks at budgets, communication system, land use

Santa visits the Benton County Supervisors

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – Land use, new deputies, budgets and a new communication system for the county were the topics of the last meeting of the year for the Benton County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the service center in Vinton.

Land use

A land use hearing was held for Billy and Dawn Phillips, for land in Parcel B of Section 33, Taylor Township. They plan to build a home and also utilize some of the existing buildings. There were concerns expressed about the safety of the existing driveway. The land has a low corn suitability rating. Land Use Administrator Marc Greenlee also said he hopes the property gets cleaned up, since there has been stockpiling on the property. The request was approved with the stipulation of moving the driveway and getting rid of the existing driveway.

Budgets

Budget requests were submitted for the Benton County Volunteer Program and the Belle Plaine Community Center. The volunteer program is requesting $7,600, which is at the same level as this year. The center is seeking $20,000, which is $5,000 less than this year.

Sheriff

The board accepted the resignation of Lindsey Upah as manager of the Rural Access Point. Adreonna Hennings was appointed as full-time manager of the center.

The board accepted the resignation of Michelle Thoma from the sheriff’s department.

Steven Fish was approved as a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office.

A presentation was given on a radio communication system. Benton County is in the VHF band. Newer systems are going to a new frequency and are migrating out of VHF, according to a representative from True North. Supervisor Chairman Richard Primmer questioned who would pay for the system, with the county, area police, ambulance and fire departments using it. It could be financed by general obligation bonds. The system won’t be completed until the end of 2022.

Deputies

The board approved the appointment of Courtney Long as a deputy in the auditor’s office. Additional deputies were also appointed to the treasurer’s office. The new treasurer deputies are Ann Stephens, Alex Maynard and Beth Geater.

The swearing in for the officers and deputies will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

Engineer

Bids were accepted from the Iowa Department of Transportation December bid letting for bridge replacement. The deck replacement is over Prairie Creek over V-66, just north of Blairstown. Getting the project was Jasper Construction Services.

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