The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday met with Kris Witcombe, Cherokee County Auditor's Assistant, for the Disallowance of Homestead and Military Exemption from original application based on Jan. 1, 2009 valuations that are payable in the years of 2010 and 2011.
Witcombe stated to the Board that each year the Auditor's Office reviews the County Assessors Office's cases of people who are enrolled in these programs that become deceased or are no longer at their stated address. Witcombe sought the approval of the Board to send out postal notification that states:
"The person this is addressed to no longer qualifies for Homestead and /or Military exemptions pursuant to Iowa Code Section 425.3; 425.7; 246A.14. In most cases, this disallowance is because you no longer reside at this address. You may have moved to another location and already applied for an exemption at your new/current address. If you have moved, the post office may have delivered this to your current address if forwarding is still on file. Please be aware the disallowance is for the person this is addressed to. If you feel this disallowance is in error please contact the Auditor's Office in writing within 20 days of this mailing."
The Board approved the Auditor's Office request.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, sought the approval of a utility permit for Hightech Electric for an underground line in Afton Township. Shanahan informed the Board that milling and overlay on M-25 should be completed this week and the Secondary Roads Department will continue filling holes and cracks on the River Road/L-56.
In other business Aimee Barritt, Cherokee Emergency Management Director, and Kristi Quinn of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Council (SIMPCO), sought the approval from the Board on Cherokee County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
That plan guides the county to identify hazards so if money comes available after a disaster the county is eligible. The Board approved the plan and the plan will be sent to the state for review and suggestion then sent to FEMA for review and suggestion. The County Hazard Mitigation Plan is reviewed and updated every five years and is intended for disasters such as flooding, drought, hazard materials, lighting, winter and summer storms, to name a few.
The Board also approved the funding request of $2,400 for a new Marcus Fair sound system in the Central Hall that will include two amplifiers, four to six speakers, and two microphones, one hand held and one lapel microphone.
The Board discussed the policy for pre-employment physicals and will be making it mandatory of all new hires with in all county departments.
Also on the agenda was the Board's decision regarding snow removal of the courthouse and LEC parking lots. It was the general consensus of the Board to continue with Mike Waldner who did the job last year, but must check with the County Attorney to see if the have to put the job up for bid.