At thie meeting on Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors set April 27 at 9:05 a.m. to hold a public meeting to approve a proposed budget amendment for the 2009/2010 budget.
The proposed budget amendment is to allocate $51,000 for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. Of that $51,000, $31,000 is slated to pay for state mandated upgrades to the county jail, including the installment of smoke and fire detection units that were recently installed.
The Sheriff's office will soon have to also install a new sprinkler system. The other $20,000 will be going towards inmates being housed in other county jails.
The Board approved the budget amendment for publication.
Lisa Langlitz, Cherokee County Community Service Director, addressed the Board about the realignment of statewide slots for Intellectual Disabled waivers. Currently Cherokee County has 28 slots. Changes on July 1 due to State budget cuts will pool the slots to a statewide distribution.
In other business the Board approved to pay the holiday pay for Secondary Roads employees at the rate of time and a half on top of their holiday pay. The Board will also be asking the union of the secondary roads for a letter of understanding to avoid misunderstanding of the holiday pay issue in the future.
The Board also met with Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan to discuss general business.
The Board then went into 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."
A motion was discussed to proceed with a settlement strategy.