The Cherokee County Supervisors held a public hearing on Nov. 25 during their regular meeting for the approval of the Little Sioux corn Processors Development Agreement. Resolution #2008-08 was adopted and no objection either oral or written was presented. Supervisor, Ron Wetherell, was absent from the hearing. The resolution states that the LSCP will receive a 75 percent tax incentive break for 15 years, or a rebate of $500,000 which ever comes first. The resolution was part of the original agreement by the Board in April of 2006.
Other business by the board was the inquiry on the status of the Simpco "Hazard Mitigation Plan" grant application. The grant application is currently being written by Cherokee Emergency Management and if approved the county would have $2,500 in matching funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In other action, Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, met with the Board and requested three underground permits for Qwest Communications and High Tech Electrical all in Afton Township Section 24. Shanahan then discussed general business with the Board.
Among the discussion was the need to have some of the blades replaced on a few of the county snowplows that are getting thin. Also the status of a three-year warranty/inspection agreement with Ziegler (Caterpillar dealership) was discussed on one of the generators owned by the county. The Board wanted to make sure that they were getting their money worth from the currently warranty/inspection agreement. Shanahan agreed to look into the matter further.
Finally, Shanahan gave an update on the status of the bridges in Cherokee County. He told the Board that he has set aside funds for next year's maintenance on some of the county bridges. Repairs and replacement options were discussed regarding the 21 bridges in Cherokee County that are classified as structurally deficient. Some options for the future are the replacement of some bridges with box culverts and/or working with landowners to build wetlands to eliminate the function of a bridge with re-designed