At their weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors briefly addressed the on-going negotiations with the City of Cherokee regarding the Cherokee Police Department relocating from the County Law Enforcement Center.
But first the Board talked to Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen, who was asked if the Sheriff's Department has everything they need out of the former Department of Human Services Building located on West Maple Street. Several office items owned by the County were left behind when the DHS moved from the building. Items include desks, chairs, file cabinets and other items.
Friedrichsen told the Board that the department has everything they may need out of the building.
It is up to the DHS to now sort through their stuff. DHS officials did request that the Sheriff's Department be present on their moving day so the county stuff can be left in order.
As for the next step on the possible move of the CPD from the LEC, the Board told Friedrichsen that they are not going to rush into this issue and are at the point now to let both parties have their attorneys work on the issue from here on out.
In other business, the Board heard from Dick Sievers of Mid- Sioux Opportunities. Sievers delivered his annual review of services. In his review Sievers reported that things at Mid-Sioux have been busy and their service numbers have increased by 15 percent in the last three years, but his numbers have been stabilizing.
He informed the Board that the Federal Stimulus Funds will be ending at the end of September and two positions won't be renewed. He also indicated that Mid-Sioux Federal Budget would be OK for the next year.
He then told the Board that 60 percent of Mid-Sioux clients are currently working and he has been seeing a lot more clients since the closing of the DHS offices and Mid-Sioux has been kind of a go-between agency. He also encourage any one in the public who knows of needs within Cherokee County to let Mid-Sioux know.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan gave a quick report to the Board. He told the Board that bridge repair on the River Road is moving along and requested a Utility Permit in which the Board approved.
The Board also approved a request for leave by Summer Heeren under the Family Medical Leave Act. The Board also approved a wage authorization for Deputy Sheriff Neal Galles for $20.46 per hour and a wage authorization for Lori Kolpin for temporary staffing at the County Attorney's office for $14.35 per hour.
The Board then dismissed early in order to attend the annual Cherokee County Employee Picnic where the Board prepared and provided lunch at Koser Spring Lake Park for county employees. The Board also awarded years of service recognition for county employees at that time