The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday to make an amendment of the current 2009/2010 county budget.
Explanation of the changes is the Intergovernmental revenues increased by $90,000. Part of that increase was from Local Public Health Grant pass through funds in the amount of $15,000 and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant in the amount of $75,000.
Miscellaneous Revenues increased $15,000 for additional County Attorney collections.
Also, Public Safety and Legal Services expenses were increased as follows: Inmate Housing $20,000; County Attorney collections $10,000; Fire Alarm System for County Jail $31,000; wage settlement $20,000; Support of ambulance paramedics $10,000; and $25,000 for juvenile detention.
Physical Health and Social Services expenses increased $90,000. Increases include, $15,000 for Local Public Health Grant pass-through funds, $75,000 for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant. Also, $25,000 for administration expenses for legal services.
The Board adopted the amendment.
In other business the Board heard from Cherokee County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen. Friedrichsen presented the Board with two bids for the state-mandated sprinkler systems needed to be installed at the Cherokee County Jail. Bids were presented by Continental Fire Sprinkler of Omaha, Neb. - $34,800 ($25,200 for jail and $9,600 including communication center); and Midwestern Mechanical of Sioux Falls, S.D. - $49,200.
The Board authorized Friedrichsen to go with Continental Fire Sprinkler. Neither bids included cost for underground work but Fredrichsen expressed to the Board that local contractors could do that part of the job.
The Board also approved three increased wage authorization for Clifton Spengler, Secondary Roads Intern ($15.99 per hour); Pam Wetherall, Jailer ($13.50 per hour); and Keva Wolf ($13.20 pre hour), Jailer.
The Board also met briefly with Cherokee County Environment Health Director Aimee Barritt to continue setting the counties policies on liquor sales and inspection of vendors along the route of this summers Register's Annual Great Bike Race Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).
Barritt stated that she has already been receiving calls for vendors. Barritt is still continuing polishing up the county plan before publication.