The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met briefly on Tuesday. On the Board's agenda was a meeting with Cherokee County Environmental Health and Emergency Management Agency Director Ben Shuberg.
Shuberg asked for the Board's approval to appoint an agency to distribute funds that the County received from the "Iowans Helping Iowans" fund.
The Board held a roll call vote and unanimously passed a resolution to accept the "Iowans Helping Iowans" program, which allocated $34,000 to Cherokee County. The Board then accepted a motion to have Mid-Sioux Opportunities contracted to disperse the funds. The Rebuild Iowa Program Offices would then oversee the distribution to Mid-Sioux.
Shuberg told the Board that he has received little feedback on this program, which is available to people who applied to FEMA during this past summer's floods and wind storms, and were rejected.
The Iowans Helping Iowans program was designed to help many people who "fell through the cracks."
This program is only available to people who registered with FEMA earlier this year. The Iowans Helping Iowan's program has fewer restrictions than FEMA, and people who have sustained damages from the floods and wind storms and have been turned down by FEMA can contact Shuberg to learn more about this program at 225-6721.
Shuberg also updated the Board on his recent training and has been working on the County's Hazard Mitigation plan with SIMCO and the County's Emergency Operation Plan. Shuberg informed the Board that he would soon be scheduling classes for Cherokee County Firemen and EMT personnel.
He suggested that he might invite township trusties to this meeting too, so they may be more actively involved and contribute their input. Shuberg and the Board then talked briefly about some of the needs of area fire stations.