Brief update given on Covid-19
By Jim Magdefrau
VINTON – Budget work for the next fiscal year was the main item of business for the Benton County Board of Supervisors, as they met at the service center in Vinton, Jan. 26.
At the meeting:
Sheriff Ron Tippett visited with the board about a budget request from Riverview Center. He requested the board not take up the center’s request because they are shifting their priorities to urban counties. The matter was taken under advisement. They will have a center representative meet with the supervisors about the request. According to their site, Riverview Center provides compassionate care for those affected by sexual assault in Iowa, and those affected by sexual and domestic violence.
Benton Development Group (BDG) made the same budget request as they did the year before. No action was taken.
A resolution was approved for a temporary road closure for bridge construction on 30th Avenue Drive in Canton Township. The board also approved a utility permit for ECI REC in Eldorado and Union Townships.
The final plat was approved for Fehl’s subdivision amendment.
A maximum levy public hearing was set for Feb. 23.
A hearing was held for an amendment to the current budget. There were no objections. This will give the Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority more spending authority of $1 million. There is also money for conservation.
Supervisor Chairman Tracy Seeman reported the county landfill took in 5 million pounds of storm damaged tree debris from the derecho that hit the county in August.
The board reviewed the Covid-19 sick policy for county employees. A slight language change was made on who signs off on the policy. The board unanimously approved the policy. In a related matter, the board will discuss the county’s approach to Covid-19 at the Tuesday, Feb. 2, meeting of the board. This will be at the service center in Vinton. Sheriff Tippett reported that the county’s numbers are looking good. He also gave an update on the first and second rounds of vaccine shots.