The Fifth annual Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Day will be held at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds on Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme will be "Tomb of the Unknown Solider." Plans are currently being finalized to host the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Solider, which is a three- quarter sized replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington, D.C.
Once again, the American Legion Riders will escort the replica to Cherokee as they did in 2007 when the traveling Vietnam Memorial arrived in Cherokee.
The Tomb will be arriving in Cherokee on Aug. 13. On Aug. 14, Veterans Appreciation Day, a ceremonial event will take place at 1 p.m.
In other business, the Board heard from County Engineer Dave Shanahan, who requested final payment vouchers for the construction projects of M-25 overlay and L-56 overlay. The Board authorized the payments.
Shanahan also addressed the issue of having the cleaning staff at the Secondary Roads Department become compliant with a recent state audit. Since the cleaners are independent contractors, they must obtain the proper business licenses.
County Assessor Bob Hart addressed the Board regarding a recent request for a wage authorization voucher for one of his department's employees that was rejected by the County Auditor's Office.
Hart was passionate about finding an answer to why his request was denied. The Board informed Hart that because of his office's unique standing in county government, it was not up to the Board of Supervisors or the County Auditor to grant that request, and that he would have to call a meeting of the Conference Board. It is that Board that would have to grant any pay increases for the County Assessor's offices.
Hart questioned why he couldn't just use his budget to grant the wage authorization. He stated that his budget could not be used for pay increases for himself or the Deputy County Assessor, but he didn't see any reason why his department could not just grant the request from those funds.
Supervisor Mark Leeds suggested that may be possible, but was concerned that checks and balances in the systems may not be adhered to. After later consulting with Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin, he thought Hart's "back door" approach may be technically legal, but he would have to look further into the matter.
In the meantime, Hart asked for a meeting with the Conference Board to hear his request for the wage authorization.
County Attorney Ryan Kolpin also requested a wage authorization for hiring a temporary clerical staff person due to an employee going on maternity leave. Kolpin wants to hire Gloria Anderson, along with his wife, Lori Kolpin, and needed a motion of approval from the Board regarding hiring a relative. The Board granted his request.
The Board also heard from Northwest Iowa Community College President Dr. Bill Giddings and NICC Board member Craig Struve, who gave an annual program update. Giddings cited the Alternative High School Program at the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District as one of last year's successful programs in Cherokee County.
Giddings also informed the Board of a new building project at the Sheldon Campus of NICC that comes along with a $13.4 million General Obligation Bond over 15 years to be voted on in a special election on Sept. 14. This bond vote affects residents of Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien and the western part of Cherokee County.
The Board also granted a wage authorization for the EH/EMA position of $40,500 a year for Ben Shuberg, who will be the new director.