The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved bids for an excavator, roof replacement and blacktopping Keeline Drive at the meeting on Tuesday.
The bid for a Ziegler Cat excavator was $123,707 plus trade-in of one of the two excavators the county has.
The board approved a bid of $38,800 for replacement of the roof by R.L. Kraft of Denison.
The board approved blacktopping of Keeline Drive at a cost of $16,320 from Black Top Services.
Kris Glienke of the Cherokee County Auditor's Office noted that the Sheriff's Department has already started the fiscal year that began July 1, in the hole, financially. The last payroll of the previous fiscal year was diverted to this fiscal year's budget.
An adjustment had been made last fiscal year to compensate for increased fuel cost.
She noted that either more needs to be budgeted for the sheriff's department or budget cuts are needed. One area that was discussed by the supervisors is overtime pay, which was $28,000 last year.
The board approved a contract with Plains Area Mental Health presented by Mae Hingtgen community services director. Hingtgen also discussed the use of waiting lists for new mental health clients. New clients will be restricted to three days a week of network services, with exceptions decided on a case by case basis.
The board approved renewal of an annual lease agreement with the Mental Health Institute for office space for the juvenile probation officer.
The board refused to sign a traffic detour agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation so that tracks can be removed at the crossing on Highway 59. County officials have been trying to work with the railroad to preserve a spur line as potential economic development value. The railroad is trying to proceed with removing that railroad spur.