The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard the recent County Jail vote totals from Katy Brauninger of the Cherokee County Auditor's Office.
The report stated that out of 8,765 registered voters in Cherokee County, 1,497 voted in the special election, for a turnout of 17.08 percent of registered voters.
Of those 1,498 who voted, 625 voted "yes" and 873 voted "no" on the proposal.
The Board certified the election results by signing the Election Turnout Certificate and signing the Abstract of Votes to be placed into the official Cherokee County Canvas Book. The Board cannot call for another special election regarding the Jail Bond for six months.
In a related issue, Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott discussed options for the current jail regarding a state mandatory sprinkler system. Scott informed the Board that they have 18 months to be in compliance with the mandate. Scott told the board that he would be getting bids for a sprinkler system and a bid of electronic locks for the jail cells.
Scott also informed the Board that he has hired Josh Douglas of the Cherokee Police Department as a new Sheriff's Deputy.
In other business, Cherokee County Treasure Hedgie Brandt brought two tax abatements on properties located in the cities of Marcus and Cherokee. Brandt also presented the Board her report on 2009 Year End Cash balance of $7,525,749.38. She also gave her department's 2009 Semi Annual Report.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan discussed general business with the Board.
In other business, the Board discussed the request for funding from the Grand Meadow Heritage for $12,000 to purchase materials for a new roof at the barn at Grand Meadow Heritage Center. Their request was approved.
This request led the Board to discuss possibly allocating funds from the County Budget to help support several of the county's smaller events within the smaller communities on an annual basis.
The Board discussed a problem that the small communities face when holding community functions. In recent years, many of the events that the small county towns stage have fallen on the same weekends as some larger events that take place elsewhere within the county, and the smaller events get over-shadowed.
The Board would like to see some type of cooperation among county towns, so that events do not fall on the same weekend during the summer season.
The Board also granted the request for $10,000 from the Cherokee County Fair Board for the purchase of new bleachers and funds to go toward fixing and repairing old bleachers. This bleacher project will accommodate 125 more people at the fairgrounds.