The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday for their regular meeting, and among the items discussed was the approval of payment for a bus trip to the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, March 10.
Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and the Cherokee Board of Supervisors organized the trip. This trip with key people representing Cherokee County is an effort to put a face on Cherokee and Northwest Iowa to lawmakers during the Iowa government reorganization. Anyone wishing to attend this trip should contact the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation at 225-5739.
The trip's primary purpose is to show support for the Cherokee Mental Health Institute as the Legislature considers severe budget cuts at the State level, including the Department of Human Services.
In other business, the Board approved a motion of Chairman Jeff Simmonsen to sign the representation letter for 2008/2009 audit draft responses. This annual report consists of a series of financial statements and other information from the fiscal years of 2008 and 2009.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan and Cherokee Roads Superintendent Larry Walker were at the meeting to open bids for the purchase of a new road grader. Representatives of Murphy Tractors of Sioux City and Ziegler's of Bloomington, Minn. were also on hand to present their bids. There was no Board action taken at this time.
Shanahan also presented a letter to be sent to Revitalize Iowa Sound Economy (RISE) Grant funding informing them that they would be returning $140,000 that was approved for the G Ave. Project. That project is currently being reformulated so the grant had to be used by a certain deadline so the county will send back the grant so it can be used for other projects.
At 11:30 a.m. the Board went in to closed session under Iowa Code section 21.5(c). "To discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation." No action was taken.