The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors continued with preliminary exploration on financing for a new county jail at their meeting on March 17.
The Board met with Scott Sevenson of Ruan Securities to discuss payment scenarios for building a new county jail. Ruan Securities is a bonding company out of Des Moines.
The Board and Sevenson discussed various payment plans for the project. Interest rates, target project cost, and other avenues of the project would have to be considered before any funding would become available, before the bonding company would be involved with the project.
Sevenson recommended to the Board that their next step should be to complete the architectural designs for the jail and hold public meetings or open houses for the public to inform the citizen of the county why there is a need for a new jail.
Once plans and the target costs of the jail are reached, the county citizens must vote to pass a bond for the jail. If passed, the next step would be to accept construction bids and after that the Board would than be ready to come back to the bonding company with the final figures and then agree to a payment plan.
In other business, the Board held a public hearing regarding Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz's, 2010 -- 2012 Strategic Plan and the Mental Health/Development Disabilities Management Plan, plus the approval of a Community MH Center Affiliation contract. The updated plans reflect the many legislative, county and other changes during the last couple of years.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, got the Board's approval to advance the C-65/M-25 three-mile road project to the 2008/2009-budget year. Shanahan also presented the Board with a project agreement for the repairs on C-38 from Cherokee City limits to L-51.
Bob Hart, County Assessor, and Mel Obbink of Sidwell Company, met with the Board to discuses what the abilities the county has with the Graphic Imaging Service computer program and how other counties have utilized the mapping program.
Dana Evans, Veterans Affairs Director requested a wage authorization from the Board for a part-time position at his office. The Board advised Evans that he had already submitted his 2009/2010 budget and that should have been the appropriate time to made such a request. Evans informed the Board that he needs the help to get his records and cases re-typed to be put on CD and have a permanent digital records of the records. The Board took his request under advisement. The Board later voted down Evans' request.
Dave Driggs, Courthouse Maintenance, asked the Board for an extra hour a night. He explained to the Board that with summer coming there would be a lot of mowing and other duties and he may need the extra time to complete them. Currently Driggs is scheduled and budgeted for 40 hours per week. The Board would take his request under advisement. The Board later voted down Driggs' request.
Driggs also brought to the attention of the Board of a maintenance problem that he has had with one of the clips on the rope on the flagpole at the courthouse. One of the clips on the American Flag has been snagging on the secondary rope and preventing the flag rope from going up or down.
The Board advised Driggs to get a hold of Larry Walker of the Secondary Roads crew. Walker could possibly provide Driggs with a basket truck that could reach the clip and have it fixed.
Walker came to the courthouse on Wednesday morning with a basket truck and the flagpole rope clip was fixed at that time.