Supervisors start a new year

Benton Supervisors Richard Primmer and Gary Bierschenk and sworn in at the courthouse in Vinton.

Appointments are made at first meeting of year for supervisors

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – The Benton County Board of Supervisors had its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 4, 2021, in the supervisors’ room of the courthouse.

For several weeks the board moved their meetings to the service center, because of Covid-19 concerns.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the board’s morning consisted mainly of appointments to county and regional boards.

Supervisors Richard Primmer and Gary Bierschenk, who were just sworn in for their second terms, mentioned, “It’s good to be home.”

Tracy Seeman was chosen as supervisor chairman. He takes over for Primmer. Bierschenk continues as vice chairman.

In other appointments and actions:

The board agreed to keep its regular meeting time at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays in the supervisors’ rooms of the courthouse.

The supervisors and alternates on county and regional boards will remain the same the same.

Members of the eminent domain commission were reappointed for 2021.

Zoning commission members were also reappointed. They are Dan Kaestner, Nancy Jensen, Steve Thompson and Larry Koster. They serve three-year terms.

Appointments were considered for the Belle Plaine and Vinton Airport Zoning Board. Primmer questioned why the county appoints members to the commission, since they are municipal airports. The matter was tabled.

Members were chosen for the Pioneer Cemetery Commission. Steve Meyer has retired from the commission, but will still work with them. Four members were reappointed. They will look for recommendations for Meyer’s seat.

Jerry Michael was reappointed as civil rights coordinator for 2021.

Mike LaGrange was appointed to the conservation board.

Wayne Siela, Zach Parmater and Kathy Chamberlain were appointed to the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Committee.

Appointed to the Benton County Development Group Board were Jay Herman, Pat Stepanek, Greg Walston, Marlyn Jorgensen and Janelle Jack.

Appointed to the benefitted fire districts were Jeff Kromminga, Keystone; Dean Werner, Van Horne; and Allan Schanbacher for Benton-Linn, and Duane Rinderknecht, Newhall.

Primmer and Auditor Hayley Rippel were appointed as trustee and alternate to the Heartland Insurance Risky Group. Heartland Safety Coordinator is Ben Bonar.

The Benton County Historic Preservation Commission members reappointed were Robert Spangler, Allison Hicks and Edwon Yedlik.

Members were appointed to ECICOG boards and committees.

Myron Parizek was appointed as county engineer.

Michael Silhanek and Dale Henry were appointed to the veterans commission.

Appointed as official newspapers were the Star Press Union and Cedar Valley Times, after discussion on subscriptions and areas covered.

Other business

Brian Gager was approved as an equipment operator for secondary roads.

Cremation fees were approved.

The board approved paying dues to the Highway 30 Coalition.

A budget amendment hearing was set for Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

A variance to the subdivision ordinance was approved for Helland Engineering for land in Section 3, 84-9. This is for land owned by Robby Cromer.

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