The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday at the Cherokee County Courthouse for its regular meeting.
Chairman Jeff Simonsen was absent, so Vice-Chairman Dean Schmidt opened the meeting. Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen was first to address the Board. She brought a Step Wage Authorization to the Board for their approval for Keva Wolf, a jailer at the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. Wolf will be making $14.35 per hour.
Peterson also commented that implementation of changes in the Cherokee County personnel policies are coming along, and most departments in the County have been complying with presenting proof of a valid driver's license and proof of insurance if they are driving County-owned vehicles.
Peterson also commented that a group of students from Cherokee's Roosevelt Elementary School recently took a tour of the Courthouse and had a great experience. She thanked every department for making the visit special for the children.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented the Board with three utility permits. One permit was for People's Telephone Company in Aurelia and two were for Mid American Electric. The Board approved all three of the permits.
Shanahan then discussed general business with the Board, and talked about trying a new type of bonding material to be tested on Old 21 near the Mill Creek Bridge to keep 'washboarding' of the road to a minimum.
In other business, the Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding for the Precinct Atlas Election Program. This program is used by the Cherokee County Auditor's Office during elections. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is sponsoring a new type of web-based program for Counties throughout Iowa to use after the 2012 election.
The Memorandum is to notify the Secretary of State's office that Cherokee County is happy with the current program that was developed in Cerro Gordo County, and is asking for support to be provided for maintenance of the current program. There are 49 counties in Iowa that use the current program for elections.