Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan submitted a contract for approval to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors last week for a bridge design for Diamond Township Section 10.
The bridge design contract is with Calhoun Burns & Associates of West Des Moines, and will cost an estimated $9,000 for their services. The Board approved the contract.
The contract is part of Shanahan's plan for replacing or repairing several bridges in Cherokee County this year. Shanahan stated that his department would be replacing four bridges this year, and that six other bridges are scheduled for repair.
In other business, the Board met with Cherokee County Human Resource Director Kristi Petersen. Peterson has been involved in updating the Cherokee County Personnel Policies, many of which are outdated, or reflect changes in state law or recommendations from the county's insurance companies. Peterson brought forth the issue of the county's Driver Safety Policy and Proof of Liability Coverage, along with a Statement of Support from the Board to be sent to all department heads in the County to go over with their employees to adhere to current driver safety policies and requirements set forth in the policy.
The Board approved the statement, and asked to schedule a meeting with department heads next week to discuss the policy.
Petersen also brought a wage authorization to the Board for their approval for Greg Johnson, who was recently hired for the County Conservation Department. The Board voted 3 to 2 for the wage authorization, with
Supervisors Mark Leeds, Jeff Simonsen, and Dean Schmidt voting in favor of the wage authorization and Supervisors Larry Prunty and Terry Graybill voting against the wage authorization. Graybill stated that he voted against the authorization on the grounds that the Human Resources Department was not utilized during the hiring of Johnson.
Johnson's wage for the full-time position was set at $13/ hour.
The Board also approved the applications for the 2011 Slough Bill. This will entitle 39 applicants to have a tax-exempt status on approximately 1,261 acres of land within Cherokee County.
The Supervisors also approved a cost advisory services contract, which will entitle the county to turn in a portion of expenses for the Department of Human Services and Cherokee County services offices at the Courthouse, to be reimbursed by the state over the next three years,
The Board also approved a step wage authorization for the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center for Lisa Dame, who is a part-time jailer. Dame will now receive $13.84 per hour.