The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for their regular meeting at the Cherokee County Courthouse last week, and among they items on the Board's agenda was the signing of a response letter to the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP) that recently was in Cherokee County to conduct a site visit.
During that visit ICAP made several safety suggestions for the County.
The letter, drafted by Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen, responded to those suggestions. The first suggestion that was addressed in the letter was that of having County Employees who drive County-owned vehicles to have their current driver license on file. Petersen stated in the letter to ICAP that the County is currently collecting that information.
The second response issued that was addressed in the letter regarded having County Employees provide proof of liability insurance.
The third issue addressed in the response letter regarded the abandoned alleyway from the Courthouse to the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. ICAP expressed concerns that the alleyway was too steep to be used as a walkway, especially in the winter months.
The County acquired the alleyway from the City of Cherokee but still has not taken over ownership. The alleyway is currently barricaded and the County will maintain the barricades until ownership is transferred. At that time the County will look to a more permanent solution.
The final issue mentioned in the response letter to ICAP was ICAP concerns of electrical work that was recently done at the Cherokee County Conservation office. The letter stated that licensed electricians did look over the work, including the breakers.
A motion was made to have Supervisor Chairman Jeff Simonsen sign the response letter and after a quick review of the letter, Simonsen signed off on the response.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan addressed the Board to have a utility permit approved for a fiber optic line near the intersection of C-16 and M-21 in Spring Township. His request was approved.
In other business, the Board approved a step-wage authorization for Cherokee County 911 Dispatcher William Robinson for the amount of $14.35 per hour.