Hazardous weather didn't prevent Kristi Quinn and Lacey Kirchmeier of Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) from appearing at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for a hazard mitigation hearing.
Severe weather had caused cancellation of a meeting scheduled on Jan. 29.
This meeting is the first step in the process of putting together a hazard mitigation plan for the county and all of the communities in the county as required by the state of Iowa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Quinn explained that without a hazard mitigation plan addressing all of the major potential disasters that could strike the county, there would be no state or federal funds to assist in mitigating the disaster.
She said a plan should be updated every five years. The last one for Cherokee County and all of the communities in the county was done in 2001. It was 103 pages long. She said that the next one will need to be much longer in order to be FEMA compliant. Quinn said that she will do most of the work with help from SIMPCO staff and Aimee Barritt, Cherokee County Emergency Management coordinator.
The process may take a year but as long as a hazard mitigation plan is pending, the political entity involved in a disaster qualifies for assistance.
Barritt noted that it pays to include as many potential uses for funds as possible. Because the need for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios were specifically mentioned in the current plan, the county received 250 of the emergency weather alert radios for distribution to public entities.
The supervisors heard from Mike Scott of Scott Telephone and Technology. Scott suggested a maintenance plan for the telephone service that his company currently provides for the county that would include upgrades of software o a regular basis.
The presentation was an informational item and did not result in any action.
The supervisors approved the appointment of Sharon Bennink as clerk of Spring Township.
The supervisors had questions regarding a monthly electricity charge for a county equipment storage building. The amount of electricity usage had increased by about 30 percent from the previous month but the charge for the month had tripled. After calls were made, it was determined that and error had been made and the charge was reduced by about $2,000.
The supervisors noted that purchases for office supplies for the DHS had been made out of the county although many of the items could have been purchased locally.