The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday Oct. 7 at the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse.
Among the issues discussed at the meeting was the Board acceptance of a construction bid from STB Company of Hull to build a box culvert between sections 17 and 18 of Silver Township. The STB Company submitted the lowest bid for the project. The bid was for $57,310. STB out-bid four other companies for the project.
Lisa Langlitz, Community Services Director, met with the Board to discuss her 2009 Management Plan. One of the main issues facing Langlitz's Management Plan is the current appeals process for services denied for people who do not qualify under her department.
Langlitz's goal is to change the current appeals process. There are no current problems, but the Department of Human Services could foresee that there may be a conflict of interest in having the Board in the appeal process.
The concern is based on the theory that a county may make a finical decision to save said county money and not take in the account of services for a client who has made an appeal.
If the Board was taken out of the appeals process a suggestion of a three-person panel could be set up as an option, or to have all appeals go through a judge to settle all claims. No decision was reached from the Board but it was indicated that the Board would prefer to have a judge handle the appeals claims as opposed to a three-person board.
It was felt in discussion that it would be too much responsibly to put volunteers in a position to make decisions on who would be eligible for services and who wouldn't. The Board felt that a judge would be better suited for the responsibility.
The Board then heard from Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan. Shanahan requested the Board's approval of a phone utility permit and then discussed general business.
Shanahan informed the Board that there are a few farms in the county that need to trim back some of their trees that are located near intersections for safety concerns. Also Shanahan showed the Board a map that show the three proposed route that the new addition of 480th will take from Marcus to the proposed new Bio-Diesel plant.
Other business held by the Board was the presentation of Cherokee County Recorder Dawn Jones' quarterly report. All was indicated that her department was doing well, plus an increase of passports issued.
Jones reminds that people wishing to get a passport should have their driver's license plus their birth certificate with a raised seal. She also said that it takes around four weeks to get a passport.