The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met on September 16th for their regular meeting.
Among the issues on the Board's agenda was a meeting of County Officers. First to address the Board was Lisa Langlitz, Community Service Director, who presented the Board with a Cost Report for the 2008 fiscal year. Chairman Jeff Simonsen signed the report.
Hedgie Brandt, County Treasurer, asked for the approval for a wage authorization for a new employee who has ended their six month probationary period.
Aimee Barritt, Cherokee County Environmental Health/Emergency Management Services was next to address the Board. Barritt requested funds to purchase two new tornado sirens to be placed at Martin's Access and Silver Sioux county parks.
"The sirens will serve as a early warning for visitors and people who live in the country" said Barritt. Barritt and the Board had options on what type of sirens to purchase. For example, one type of solar powered siren would cost $30,000 for the pair, or less expensive regular sirens that can be connected to the electrical grid.
The Board decided that since the new development at Martin's Access will have power and Silver Sioux already has power, that it would be more prudent to have the less costly sirens at a price tag of $7,000 each. With instillation cost, the project should cost around $16,000 for both projects.
The Board also wants signs placed in the parks to advise guests what radio stations they could turn to in case of severe weather.
The Board gave Barritt the go ahead to order the sirens and they are scheduled to be installed in April.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, asked the Board for approval on construction plans for two bridges, one in Silver Township and one in Pitcher Township. The Board approved both plans.
Shanahan also requested the approval of entrance permits and two utility permits. Shanahan then updated the Board on the progress of patching up C-66 and discussed with the Board the high salt prices that are being predicted for this winter due to a salt supply shortage nationwide.
Other business discussed by the Board was the approval of a Master Matrix application for the "White Feathers" turkey farm in Section two in Diamond Township.
Also the Board reviewed the representative appointment for the Sanitary Landfill. Then the Board approved a lease for the Third Judicial Juvenile Court offices at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute that Chairman Simonsen signed.
Final business for the Board was the appointment of Jack Creel to the Cherokee County Board of Health.