The Cherokee County Supervisors, in the midst of the annual budget review, fielded several more requests for annual funding from various county entities at Tuesday's meeting.
Don Fiser and Doug Gochenour, representing the Cherokee County Emergency Management Association, requested funding equal to last year, totaling $10,500 for on-going training for EMTs, Paramedics, and other First Responders for area fire departments. The Board took the request under consideration as the budget review plays out.
Mark Buschkamp, Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) Director, reviewed the 2010 CAEDC annual report and 5-year plan with the Supervisors. The County contributes to CAEDC through a taxation formula from the general and rural funds devised last year by CAEDC. This year's askings remain the same as last year, with $110,990 from the general fund, and $44,077 from rural, according to Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke.
The CAEDC request was taken under consideration by the Board.
Don Kintigh of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center also addressed the Board, seeking $16,000 to help in the construction of an historic replica of a blacksmith shop and livery stable at Grand Meadow heritage Center. After discussion, the Board approved $8,000 for the project, with those monies coming from the Rural Betterment Fund through Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues.
Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott also requested approval to hire an additional communications dispatcher, explaining that two dispatchers are currently out on medical leave. The Board approved the new full-time dispatcher position.
Washta Mayor Don Parrott asked the Supervisors for funding assistance for a new $67,000 City maintenance shed housing City equipment, and a $60,000 street reinforcement project resulting from heavy truck traffic servicing the town's new grain bins and elevator facilities. The Board took the matter under consideration.
In other action, the Board continued its search to fill the Willow Township Clerk vacancy. No one has accepted the nomination after the County's repeated efforts to fill the position.