The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met Aug. 19 in the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse.
Among the issues discussed on was Board approval of allowing the county's Townships to hold elections for the officials. Currently, nine Townships have officials appointed and seven Townships elect their officials. Each Township has a clerk and three trustees. The Townships that have elections will have the choice whether to have their Townships keep there election or to have their officials appointed.
The issue will be on the general ballot this fall. If they chose to have the officials appointed, the Township would have to pick who they would like to serve and then get approval by the Board of Supervisors.
The Townships that currently have elections are: Amherst, Grand Meadow, Marcus, Rock, Silver, Tilden and Willow. Townships that are currently appointed are: Afton, Cedar, Cherokee, Diamond, Liberty, Pilot, Pitcher, Sheridan and Spring.
County Engineer, Dave Shanahan, addressed the Board with general business and asked for the approval of three utility permits to be granted for two new hog confinement buildings and a new service line in Marcus Township, Amherst Township and Tilden Township. Shanahan also informed the Board about on-going patch work for county roads and minor repairs on culverts around the county.
Shanahan also informed the Board of a new computer program that recently became available to help with line-items expenses for the county engineer office. The program would help itemize cost for next year's budget. Shanahan would like to purchase the program. No decision was reached at this time on purchasing the program.
Tom Rutter of Central Insurance addressed the Board on the issue of the State of Iowa request to be named on the county's policy on rental agreements at the Juvenile Court Offices on the Cherokee Mental Heath Institute campus. The Board took the matter under consideration.
Other business was the postponement of the appointment to fill the vacancy on the Cherokee County Board of Health, and the approval of the agenda and minutes of the Board's previous meeting.