Permits, roadside vegetation are dealt with by county board

By Jim Magdefrau

VINTON – It was routine business for the Benton County Board of Supervisors at their meeting, Tuesday, March 9, at the service center conference room in Vinton.

Jerry Bascom, sheriff’s office employee, was moved from part-time to full-time status.

A utility permit was approved for Lumen in Taylor Township, and Windstream in Eldorado Township. Engineer Myron Parizek also gave updates on utility work near Newhall and Van Horne.

Family farm and ag land credits were approved.

A hearing was held on maximum levy. It was approved. It is part of the budget process for next fiscal year. The budget hearing was moved from March 23 to March 30 due to publication issues.

The board accepted the resignation of Mark Droessler from the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) advisory committee. The board approved having Jeff Ralston, Urbana, serve on the committee.

The board discussed a proposal with Pictometry with Benton County Assessor Larry Andressen. They also looked at the impact of the derecho on aerial mapping. The expense is covered by the E-911 board, emergency management and the assessor, and it is for three years. The board signed the contract for the proposal.

The board and Auditor Hayley Rippel discussed the county’s wellness program, and how it impacts the county’s health insurance. Supervisor Gary Bierschenk was appointed to the wellness committee.

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