Jeff Simonsen, supervisor, reported to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18 that plans are in place to create a 13-bed unit for inmates who need substance abuse treatment.
If given final approval, the 13-bed unit would be operated by the Synergy Center, a substance treatment center on the Cherokee Mental Health Institute campus.
Simonsen serves on the corrections advisory board for the 3rd judicial district, a position he was reappointed to on Tuesday.
The county approved repayment of grant funds from the Iowa Department of Transportation for roadwork to assist Little Sioux Corn Processors ethanol plant.
The county is making the repayment with "flow through" funding provided by Little Sioux Corn Processors. The ethanol plant came up slightly short of the 40-employee objective required by a specific deadline. LSCP had only 37 direct employees at the time of the deadline, although it was noted that supporting businesses added a number of workers as a result of the operation of the ethanol plant.
In the officers' report to the supervisors, department heads updated the supervisors on the various departments.
Ginger Walker, conservation director, reported that a group of volunteers had completed an annual bird count at the county parks and had observed more species than ever since the annual event began in the 1970s.
Dawn Jones-Coombs, county recorder, said she wished the city had communicated with her before taking on the job of providing passports, a function that has been performed by the recorder's office. Jones-Coombs said the recorder's office still plans on providing passports, even buying a camera to make the office a one-stop passport service.
Some confusion might have resulted because of a rule that passports cannot be created in the same office that birth certificates are created. The recorder's office processes birth certificates but does not create them.
The supervisors approved the reappointment of Mike O'Neal to the Aviation Authority and reappointment of Mark Pierce to the conservation board.