Kurt Rasmus addressed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to request approval for "Creekfest 2010."
The proposed rock/country music concert will take place on Saturday, July 17, two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee near Mill Creek in a sizable pasture owned by Fred Jaminet.
Five bands are scheduled to play that day, with the first band starting at noon. Camping is available, according to the concert organizers. Rasmus informed the Board that all licenses, including liquor sales and insurance, have been obtained in the name of Jamin-R Enterprise.
The Board consulted Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott about the need for an increased number of officers on that day. Scott didn't for see any problem with the event and said he would call on extra personnel if needed.
The Board gave Rasmus its approval.
In other business, the Board heard from Don Faber of Three Rivers Benefit Company, and Rick Angell of Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, for the approval of the 2010 Health Insurance Renewal to be effective on July 1 for Cherokee County employees.
Angell indicated to the Board that County's Health Insurance polices have jumped this year 35% mostly due to a 25% increase of claims. After reworking the policy and accepting a higher risk that claims for next year will be lower, Angell and Faber recommended the UQE T-98 policy to reduce the jump to a 12% increase and bring the lowest net increase for county employees wishing to continue with the County's Health Insurance. The Board agreed with Angell's and Faber's recommendation and approved the renewal.
Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin also addressed the Board on Tuesday to request a wage authorization for two employees in his office. The Board approved his request and gave a 50-cent increase for Summer Heeren to $13.99 per hour, and Wendy Koch to $13 per hour.
Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke also presented a wage authorization for Natalie Rassel for the amount of $13 per hour. The Board approved the request.
Cherokee Area Economic Development Cooperation Director Mark Buschkamp sought a letter of support from the Board for the proposed Wind Turbine Project classes to be offered at Western Iowa Tech Community College on the Cherokee Campus.
Also, a resolution was approved by the Board to transfer $685,500 from the Rural Basic funds to the Secondary Roads Department for funding of that department.
The Board continued with further discussion on time clocks for Cherokee County employees. No action was taken.
The Board then entered in to closed session per Iowa code section 21.5(1)(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."
The Board reaffirmed the terms of settlement on March 2 but no other detail have been forth coming as of this time.