The Cherokee County Supervisors met on Dec. 23rd for their last meeting of 2008. Among the items on their agenda was the recommendation from County Attorney Ryan Kolpin to amend ordinance #2004-2.
The ordinance deals with the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Right-of -Way concerning snow removal on rural roads. According to County Engineer Dave Shanahan, a lot of snow has been building up in ditches opposite of driveways and piling up next to the roads.
"Most people are really good at complying but there are a few that aren't," said Shannahan. With ditches starting to fill up and property owners piling snow next to the roads it causes safety hazard and damages county equipment when the snow hardens. Plus, Shannahan pointed out that when the snow melts it also causes damage to the roads and produces a washboard effect on to the roads.
Kolpin suggested to the Board that property owners who are not in compliance with the ordinance be fined and suggested that the County Engineer should make the judgment of who would be in violation of the ordinance.
Shannahan added that we would be willing to work with the property owners to get the snow removed and also suggests that property owners pile their snow in their yard and not next to the road. With all nuisance ordinances there would be an appeals process for the property owner set up for them to come to the Board. Shannahan also stated that if the snow is pushed out of the right-of-away it shouldn't be a problem.
After hearing from Kolpin and Shannahan the Board took the recommendation under consideration and may vote to approve the proposed changes in the near future.
The Board did approve a set of bridge plans brought forth by Shannahan regarding the bridge project at 510th St. and O Ave. in Cherokee Township.
The Board also accepted the recommendations from Cherokee County Compensation Board President, Frank Escue regarding the wage recommendation for elected officials for fiscal year 2009/2010. The Board will make the final decision on wages during the upcoming budget review.
Mark Buschkamp, Director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, brought in his annual report to the Board. He reported that the agency is healthy financially and outlined his agency mission statement and recapped some of the many projects that CAEDC has been involved with in 2008.
Other business in front of the Board was the approval of all claims and the approval of a Claritus postage machine contract, and the approval of the 2009 Condemnation Commissioners.
The Board also appointed Township officials, all to serve a four-year term. Gary Anderson was named Trustee for Afton Township; Daryl Ducommun, Trustee -- Cedar Township; Marvin Zoch and Glenn Cave, Trustee -- Cherokee Township; Dave Hinkeldey, Trustee, Doug Radke, Clerk -- Diamond Township; Craig Ivarson and LeDen Pingel, Trustee -- Liberty Township; Adam Timmerman, Hosea Carnes and Bob Parker, Trustee -- Pilot Township; Greyling Fredricksen, Kirk Nelson and Larry Reilly, Trustee and Roger Redig, Clerk -- Pitcher Township; Kim Skadeland, Trustee, Sharon Bennink, Clerk -- Spring Township; Kyle Prunty and Chuck Peters, Trustee -- Sheridan Township. The Board still needs to appoint a Clerk and one more Trustee for Sheridan Township.
Final business for the Board was the budget request from Dick Sievers of Mid Sioux Opportunities for 2009/2010 fiscal year in the amount of $9,000, unchanged from