Among the issues discussed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday was the 2010 RAGBRAI.
Mark Buschkamp of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation addressed the Board to request its support on a letter Buschkamp would like to send to the RAGBRAI Committee asking them to consider having Cherokee County and the City of Cherokee on next year's route.
Cherokee has served as a 'Host City' three times in the past, and RAGBRAI would bring an estimated 20,000 people to the community for an overnight stay.
Buschkamp thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to show off what Cherokee County has to offer, plus if RAGBRAI would come through the county and it would be a benefit with much serious economical support, not just for Cherokee but for other towns in the county as well.
The 2010 RAGBRAI route has yet to be announced and it won't be announced until late January or early February. The Board was in favor of Buschkamp's query letter and Chairman Jeff Simonsen added, "There's a lot of work in being a host community and there are no promises that RAGBRAI would pick Cherokee again, but if we don't ask there will be nothing at all."
In other business the Board heard from Jim Thompson and Barb Smith of the Cherokee Department of Human Services regarding hiring a replacement in an open part-time position. The Board agreed to their request of a part-time employee of 20 hours.
The Board also met with Cherokee County Engineer, Dave Shanahan to discuss general Business.
The Board also signed a contract for Phase two and Phase three of the Public Health Emergency Response to receive a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health in the amount of $31,540 for the H1N1 outbreak.