The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2009.
Due to the heavy snow and bitter cold, the Supervisor's agenda underwent changes brought on by illness and weather-related cancellations.
Among the groups that appeared before the Board for their annual budget request were the Cherokee Fair Board, Cherokee County Library Association, and the Marcus Fair.
Mark Buschkamp of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, (CAECD), was scheduled to discuss a grant that the CAEDC has applied for from the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council, but Buschkamp was unable to appear due to being snowed-in.
Aimee Barritt, Environmental Health and Emergency Management Services Director, met with the Board on her departments to discus the 2010 budget review and the appointment of one of the Board members to Local Emergency Planning Council. Larry Prunty was named to the council. Barritt also update the Board on the Iowa Mutual Aid Compact contacts. The Board signed off on the contracts.
Dawn Jones Coombs, County Recorder, was not present due to illness. Regardless, the Board approved her Quarterly Revenue Report.
The Board met with Russell Grashoff of the Cherokee County Fair Board. Grasholf gave the Fair Board's budget request and updated the Board with the results of last year's fair and the expenses that the Fair Board had to deal with due to unforeseen expenditures, such as the relocation and repairs of power lines and replacement of water lines at the Fair Grounds due to old and leaky pipes. Also, the Fair Board acquired grounds for parking lots.
Rod Ogren of the Marcus Fair presented the Board with their budget request. Ogren also updated the Board on the new building that was built at the Marcus Fair Grounds
Also presenting their budget request for 2009/2010 was the Cherokee County Library Association. The Association is made of board members from Cherokee, Aurelia, Marcus, Quimby and Washta, Maxine Chase of the Marcus Library presented the Association's request to the Board. Chase reported that due to harder economic times each of the county's libraries have seen an increase in the usage of their facilities. Plus, the libraries have played a part in people looking to relocate to Cherokee County.
Dana Evans, Veteran Affairs Director, presented the Board with his annual review of activities. Plus, the Board voted to approve the 2009 fiscal year County Grant for veterans of $5,000 for direct services to county veterans office.
Other business on the Board's agenda was the first reading of county ordinance #2009-1 regarding the amendment to the Secondary Road Snow Removal ordinance. The Board also appointed Judy Gordon as clerk and Mike Dunn as trustee for Sheridan Township.
The Board voted to approve the 2009 Master Matrix Resolution #2009-1 in which the annual amendment is passed by the Board to follow all Department of Natural Resources rules regarding the construction of any new animal confinements that are built in Cherokee County.