The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors purchased two Dodge 2009 white Durango SUVs to be used by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. These vehicles are to replace two existing Department vehicles that have extensive mileage.
The vehicles, preferred by the Sheriff's Department, were purchased through Holzhauer Motors in Cherokee from a fleet lot in Ohio at a cost of $20,810 for one of the vehicles and $23,910 for the other. There will be an additional cost of $3,000 per vehicle to install equipment so they can be made into law enforcement vehicles.
The Board also discussed the jail project with Sheriff Dave Scott and Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen. Friedrichsen informed the board about several meetings he has conducted around the county so far to educate and promote the proposed new county jail and county law enforcement center.
He told the Board that attendance has been low at the meetings but those who have attended came away with a more positive understanding of the proposed project. Friedrichsen asked the Board's approval to have an informational flyer to be published in the Chronicle Time's Area Advertiser to reach more people throughout the county on why a new jail is needed.
The Board granted his request and the flyer will be published in the July 21 Area Advertiser.
Sheriff Scott and the Board then discussed several employee issues that his Department is facing, including considering a new jailer and a wage authorization for a dispatcher who has been taking over duties due to an unfilled position.
The Board asked if there was a way that one person could be hired to handle both positions. The Sheriff said it may be possible but each position requires different certification and he would look into the matter further and the Board will hear more at next week's meeting.
The Board also met with Tom Oswald, Chairman of the Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District. Oswald presented the Board with his 2007-2008 annual report. In that report was an update of current programs and projects that the District is currently involved with, along with list if activities that they participated in during 2008. There was also a financial statement attached to the report.
Cherokee County Community Service Director Lisa Langlitz presented her yearly contracts with Plains Areas Mental Health and Pathway for the Board's approval. Chairman Jeff Simmonsen signed the contracts that would provide psychological treatment for clients of Langlitz.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan met with the Board to sign his employment contract and to discuss general county business.
Other business concerning the Board was appointment of a Veteran Affairs Commissioner. There was no approval on that appointment because the Board wanted to meet with a couple of more candidates before reaching a final appointment.
The Board also approved the 2010 fiscal year contract for the Cherokee Public Health Services with Cherokee Regional Medical Center for a contract with the state of Iowa.
Also, there were five firework permits approved by the Board. The Board also appropriated the 2009/2010 budget for the fiscal year.