The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, with honored guests from the Cherokee VFW and the Cherokee American Legion, was presented with a framed copy of a digitally reproduced 1934 Constitution lithograph on Tuesday.
The framed Constitution was presented by Gary Stephenson of Fort Dodge and will hang in the entrance of the Cherokee Courthouse.
Stephenson's father, the late Daniel B. Stephenson, started getting finished, matted and framed Constitution prints donated for Iowa towns, high schools, libraries, and if a county seat wanted one in the courthouse.
The younger Stephenson is continuing his father's goal of having a Constitution in every one of Iowa's 99 county courthouses.
Stephenson thanked the county and citizens of Cherokee and stated that they won't be disappointed to what the Constitution brings to the Courthouse. He also thanked the Cherokee area veterans who attended on Tuesday for their service to our country and the current veterans who are keeping us all free.
Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Peterson informed the Board that she has moved into her new office in the lower level of the Cherokee Courthouse and updated the Board on her efforts to provide incentives for county employees to use direct deposit. She stated that 85 percent of county employees are currently using direct deposit.
Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin sought the Board's approval to modify the resolution regarding the county's rental agreement on a piece a property to include compensation to the renter for loss of acres for gravel that is excavated at a rental property near Larrabee. The Board approved his request.
Kolpin also sought the Board's approval for the deed transfer agreement with the City of Cherokee as part of last year's exchange of the former Department of Human Services Building for the city's interest in an alleyway adjacent to the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center.
The Board approved the transfer agreement. The Board also approved Chairman Jeff Simonsen to sign the final payment to the City of Cherokee for building improvements of the former DHS Building that now houses the Cherokee Police Department.
The Board felt that the City of Cherokee has met all requirement of their dealings and approved the final payment to the City of Cherokee in the amount of $25,000.
Cherokee County Conservation Director Ginger Walker addressed the Board on a budget issue. Currently, her department's budget has been generating funds that would disqualify the Cherokee County Conservation Department from receiving funds or grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.
A loss of potential revenue in the amount of $16,000 a year would effect Walker's bottom line of her department's budget.
She stated that projected revenue for campers and cabin rental from the county parks would make up for that amount, but not being able to receive grants would be a disadvantage for the county. Since all revenue generated by the CCCD goes into the county general fund she is seeking the advice of the Board.
Walker found it frustrating that to receive the funds from REAP she would have to spend nearly the same amount or she would not receive the funds from REAP.
The Board advised Walker that they would look into the matter to see if there was another way to help her department to keep her eligibility for the REAP funding.
Cherokee County Assessor Bob Hart addressed the Board to discuses general business. Hart asked the Board if the courthouse security cameras are currently working and addressed safety concerns. Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke informed Hart that the cameras are all currently working.
In other business, the Board set the date of March 8 at 9 a.m. for the 2011/2012 proposed budget hearing. The Board also approved the appointment of Kevin Parcel to be the Willow Township Clerk.