The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with Cherokee County Environment Health Director Aimee Barritt at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. Barritt brought to the Board a Health and Safety Plan to be in effect during this summer's Register's Annual Great Bike Race Across Iowa (RAGBRAI.)
Within this plan, Barritt and the Board discussed issues such as vendor fees for county residents and non-county residents, along with non-profit organizations for areas that are non-incorporated.
The cities of Washta and Quimby will have their own ordinances in place. Over the next couple of weeks, Barritt and the Board will be hammering out details and will have several readings of the ordinances involving RAGBRAI.
Other issues touched upon were the county's policies on liquor sales and inspection of vendors along the route in non-incorporated areas. Liquor and food sales will be permitted along the route in Cherokee County, but vendors will be inspected on the day of the event. Serving from glass bottles is prohibited by all vendors.
In other business, the Board, along with Steve Holmes, representative of Operating Engineers Local 234 and Cherokee County, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding Holiday Pay for the Secondary Roads Department. The memorandum is an understanding that the Board of Supervisors will pay the Secondary Roads Department time and a half on top of the employee's regular holiday pay.
However, the issue of some members of the Secondary Roads having 10-hour work days and only four days a week during the summer, was brought up as a potential problem. Holmes and Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan agreed that Shanahan has the right to reschedule the work hours back to eight hours a day/five days a week during any holiday that falls on a summer work week to avoid some members receiving more pay than others.
Shanahan also brought two underground permits to be approved by the Board. One for Cherokee County Rural Water and one for Iowa Lakes Electric. Shanahan also requested a transfer of funds in the amount of $500,000 from the County Local Fund to the Farm to Market Fund to fund the C-38 construction project.
The Board also approved a wage authorization from Lisa Dame after her completion of one year of employment in the Sheriff's Department for the amount of $13.20 per hour.