Mark Buschkamp of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation addressed the Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday, to inform the Board that the 2010 Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) host cities were announced last weekend.
Sioux City will once again be the starting point for the annual bike ride across Iowa, with Storm Lake being the first overnight city to host the riders.
Buschkamp told the Board that the final route will be announced next month, but he said that chances are good that the route will touch the southern section of Cherokee County, and may pass through the towns of Washta and Quimby.
RAGBRAI organizers will be traveling to determine the exact route this month, and may soon be contacting the Board. Chairman Jeff Simonsen stated that he travels those roads frequently and foresees no problems if RAGBRAI chooses to come through Cherokee County.
In other business, Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz needed the Board to sign Community Mental Health Center Affiliation Form. This form is renewed annually and Chairman Simonsen signed the form.
Jan Cosgrove and Calvin Carver of the Cherokee Work Services addressed the Board about a federal grant they wish to apply for to help in building a tornado shelter at the Cherokee Work Services to be in conjunction with their remolding effort. If approved for this grant, 75 percent of the construction would be paid for by the Federal Government and 10 percent paid for by the State of Iowa.
The county must apply for the grant due to the fact that they are the owners of the building that houses the Cherokee Work Services. But before anyone is able to apply for the grant, a letter of interest must be sent. The Board gave the go ahead with the letter of interest.
In other business, the Board approved the appointment of Jean Howard to the Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Commission. This marks the first time that a woman has been appointed to the commission.
The Board also approved an address change for the Public Health Emergency Response Grant. The Board also accepted the resignation of Marvin Simon as Tilden Township Clerk and the resignation of Ed Schlenger as Tilden Township Trustee. Schlenger was then appointed at the new Tilden Township Clerk and Simon was appointed as a Tilden Township Trustee.
Kristi Quinn of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) addressed the Board to seek the approval for Resolution #2010-02 Local Hazard Mitigation Grant.
This resolution is a multi-jurisdiction grant program and designates authorized signatures for the planning grant of the County of Cherokee to take the necessary steps and execute the necessary documents in order to accomplish the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan-Multi-Jurisdiction.
Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott, along with Barb Staver of the Sheriff's Office, presented the County Sheriff's 2010/2011 Budget Request. The budget request was $1,171,508 with a 3.21% increase.
The Supervisors have stated that there will be no salary increases in any department's budget this fiscal year.