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County hikes offer to City on LEC move

Friday, September 17, 2010

Among the issues discussed at this week's Cherokee Board of Supervisors meeting were ongoing negotiations with the City of Cherokee regarding space issues at the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center (LEC).

Last week the Cherokee City Council split on a 2-2 vote over the proposal from the Board to give the City the vacant Department of Human Services building on West Maple Street to move the Cherokee Police Department (CPD) from the LEC.

Cherokee City Administer Don Eikmeier addressed the Board Tuesday to officially tell the Board of last week's Council vote. Eikmeier told the Board that when the City first heard of the Board proposal, they saw the building and weren't impressed, but once they saw the inside they knew that the building and the offer were solid.

"The building has plenty of space for the City, and the Sheriff's office also needs space. If the county has to build as an alternative to this proposal it would be expensive. This solution will save taxpayers money. It looks like a win, win situation," said Eikmeier.

This week the Cherokee County Landfill Commission Board, along with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, were presented with a national award from the Environmental Hall of Fame for their effort in reducing waste at the Cherokee County Landfill. The Pellet Plant at the Cherokee County Landfill recently began making combustible fuel pellet out of waste that would otherwise get buried in the ground. Photo by Mike Leckband
Along with giving the City the Building, the Board also offered $25,000 for expenses and repairs that would come from the Sheriff's Department's annual budget, along with swapping the deed for the alleyway south of the LEC. Eikmeier couldn't agree to the offer at that point in time. He took Tuesday's offer to the Cherokee City Council later that night, where it was approved by the Council (see related City Council story on this page).

In other business, the Board, along with the Cherokee County Solid Waste Commission Board, were presented a national award from the Environmental Hall of Fame and also were inducted into the Cherokee Environmental Hall of Fame for their effort in the Cherokee Landfill's recent Pellet Plant operation.

The Cherokee Landfill produces solid waste pellets from garbage to be burned in furnaces and boilers at industrial businesses, therefore reducing waste going in to the landfill. Presenting the two Boards the award was Judy Carlson, liaison for the Environmental Hall of Fame.

The Board also received an update from Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan on the L-56 (River Road) bridge project. Shanahan presented final plans for the project and told the Board that he will be accepting bids for the project soon and is hoping for a quick completion date.

Fran Briggs, representing the Cleghorn Community Center requested funds for moving playground equipment that the Cleghorn Community Center recently purchased from Storm Lake. The Board granted her request and allocated $7,500 for the Cleghorn Community Center's project.

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