At a recent meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, Kady Brauninger of the Cherokee County Auditor's office read the Auditor's report on the results of the Quimby special election, which was held on March 3.
The residents of Quimby went to the polls and voted to change the use of the 1 percent local sales and services tax in the City of Quimby. The unofficial will take effect on July 1.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, had a project agreement to the Federal Highway Stimulus monies for the Board to sign. The agreement stated contract requirement and starting dates, and several federal guidelines for the county to follow. The Board approved the agreement, whicht would qualify the M-25 project for $500,000 in federal funds.
Shanahan also told the Board on a request from the State of Iowa that all counties redo their plans to represent a more fiscal conservative plan. Shanahan informed the Board that he will continue to keep updating the plan.
Ed Sand, a representative of the Marcus Progress Committee, met with the Board to request funds for that group. Recently, the city of Marcus was designated a "Rural Main Street Community," and the funding request would go towards the promotion of new business as well as to help established businesses fix up their store fronts. The committee was requesting $10,000 over the next three years. Their last request for funds was in 1999, for the amount of $1,000. The Board heard the committee's request, and will deliberate on it.
Other business for the Board included the approval of a wage authorization for the Auditor's Office to increase the wages of three employees at the Auditor's Office to $13.90 per hour. The Board also discussed updating and implementing more of the Sidwell GIS (Graphic Information System) program, which is used to map certain infrastructure and county utilities.
The Board again brought up for discussion the County's Internet Policy. Board members felt that many of the county employees have been abusing their time by being on the Internet.
The Board discussed reminding all department officers that they are to oversee their department's usage of the Internet. If the problem continues, the Board will go ahead with disciplinary procedures, including termination of employees who continue to abuse the Internet.