Among the items discussed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting was the approval of a resolution for the Board of Supervisors to appoint the officers for the county's townships.
The ballot question will read, "Shall the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors fill the offices of township trustees and township clerk by appointment as the terms of the office of the incumbent officers expire?"
Whereas a majority of qualified electors of a township must vote in favor of the Supervisors appointing their officers rather then electing them. Currently, there are five townships within Cherokee County that elect the officers and 11 townships that have their officers appointed.
Those townships that elect their officers have been having a hard time finding people to be on the Ballot and write-in candidates often refuse to accept the appointments.
The Board approved a letter of support for the efforts of the City of Cherokee to develop a trail connection along the discontinued Canadian National rail line. As stated in the letter, "This trail project has given us the exciting opportunity to work with our local city government and has strengthened the cooperative relationship between us.
"This planned trail is an important project to the community. Its development has harnessed support from the community. The City of Cherokee will continue to support the effort of linking the community by trail, connecting the Central Park and Gillette Park. Such a trail network in the City of Cherokee will provide tremendous opportunities for community revitalization and betterment along with an unprecedented quality of life."
Cherokee County Treasure Hedgie Brandt brought the Board a tax abatement and suspension for a small tract of land owned by the late P. E. Sullivan for the annual tax amount of $2.
Barb Staver of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office presented the Board with the June 30, 2010 Quarterly Revenue Report. A total of $20,588 was paid to Cherokee County.
Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott, along with Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen, addressed the Board on their need for more space in the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center. Scott and Friedrichsen stated that storage at the LEC is becoming a problem. Scott is concerned that the LEC will not pass the next fire inspection in October. The Board told the Sheriff to come up with some ideas to meet the LEC storage need and report back to the Board.
Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz met with the Board to seek a wage authorization for a temporary position for Susan Harkins for clerical support. The position will call for five to seven hours of work per week at a wage of $10 per hour. The Board approved the wage authorization.
The Board also approved an additional $3,000 salary to Langlitz for her recent appointment to the General Relief Director.
The Board then entered into Close Session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(i) "To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session." That request came from Lisa Langlitz for her annual job evaluation.
The Board then went back into Open Session and approved two underground utility permits for Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan. The first permit was for CT Communications of Sioux City for burying three pairs of telephone lines in Cherokee Township, Section 23 under Old 21 Road.
The second permit was also for CT Communications for the burying of telephone line 800 feet east of Mill Creek Road in Cherokee Township Section 15.
In other business the Board approved a Master Matrix for Grand Meadow Feeders for Dr. Bob Bryant, owner of Section 11 of Grand Meadow Township.
The Board then approved the final wage/vacation payout for Aimee Barritt in the amount of $7,325.
Also, the Board approved to terminate the 2007 Automated Statewide Portal for Integrated Real Estate & Election data (ASPIRE) agreement.
That agreement purpose was to provide the County Auditor with the capability to receive county revenues due to the Auditors and electronic funds received and distributed through the ASPIRE special account that would materially assist the Auditor in receiving County Revenues electronically, while relieving some administrative burden from the Auditor for the retrieval of such information.
The agreement was terminated due to outdated technology