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County makes benefit adjustment

Monday, October 3, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

The Cherokee County Supervisors made an adjustment to employment policy to clarify availability of vacation benefits for permanent part-time employees.

Jody Haupert of the county auditor's office presented a request on behalf of county employees who would be just short (only three hours in one case) of the 1,068 hours per year required for the benefit.

The county had previously given such benefits, pro-rated based on the amount of hours worked in the year, but a change in wording of vacation policy would have eliminated the benefit for some who had previously received it.

Haupert said the change in wording was probably intended to eliminate giving benefits to people who might only work a few hours a month or who are seasonal workers but the change affects people who work four hours a day, five days a week on a permanent basis.

The board approved eliminating wording that would deny benefits to those who previously received it.

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Organic farming is no longer the eccentric and impractical activity it once regarded as being. A discussion on the future of organic farming resulted from an invitation to the county to be a sponsor of an Organic Growers Conference on Nov. 9-10 in Sergeant Bluff.

Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, informed the board that the fee would be $500 if the county wanted to participated.

The supervisors were generally supportive of the idea of increased use of organic farming.

It was noted that it is a labor-intensive way of farming but the same profit can be achieved on fewer acres. Organic farming may be a way to reverse the trend toward of larger farms, meaning lower rural population.

It might also be a way to reduce farmer health problems associated with the use of chemicals.

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Larry Clark, county engineer, reported that the Mill Creek Bridge project will be let in November.

He also reported that sign vandalism is a continuing problem in the county.

There is a $500 reward available for a report of county sign vandalism resulting in conviction.



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