The Cherokee Board of Supervisors met for its regular meeting on Feb. 2. Addressing the Board was Don Fiser, board member of the Cherokee County Emergency Medical Service.
Fiser submitted a budget request for $10,000 for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.
The funding request goes toward training explained Fiser to the Board of Supervisors. The funds also help in the reimbursement to paramedics who continue with additional training.
Fiser also expressed a need for volunteers to serve as First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. Fiser claimed that currently, volunteer retention is difficult.
In other business, an amendment of Resolution #2009-3 was on the tentative agenda but was postponed. Resolution #2009-3 was to amend the five-year construction plan for county projects.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer informed the Board that plans could wait until the Iowa State Budget was ready.
Shanahan then updated the Board on the current status of the Secondary Roads Department. The Department has pushed back all the snow on all the roads in the county and currently getting ready for more inclement weather. Shanahan informed the Board that that they are taking advantage of the nice weather this week by changing all the fluids in their vehicles and keeping all equipment ready to go.
Don Pitts and Ken Slater from the Cherokee Sanitary Landfill updated the Board on the Pellet Plant. They indicated the last peaces of hardware (two smoke stacks) would be installed on Friday. The pair was hopeful that the plant would soon be starting to do test pellets within the next two weeks.
Hedgie Brandt, County Treasurer, updated the Board with a review of investments including interest rates.
The Board also asked Brandt why the hours for the Drivers License station at the courthouse are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brandt will be looking into the matter and report back to the Board next week. Most Drivers License stations in the state are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.