Longtime Cherokee County Weed Commissioner Tom Jenness submitted his resignation to the Board at Tuesday's Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Jenness has been the Weed Commissioner for the past 31 years and he told the Board that it was time for him to retire, taking the board by surprise.
Jenness was on the agenda initially to discuss a new truck and sprayer system, along with some new duties and responsibilities that will soon be implemented to the position of Weed Commissioner.
Jenness also stated the newer technology and regulations were more then he felt comfortable with.
Jenness will still be on the job until July. The Board then discussed how to fill the position, and they plan to check with other counties to see how they have incorporated their weed commissioner with other departments, such as conservation or secondary roads.
No action was taken at this time to determine how to proceed in the wake of Jenness's absence.
In other business, the Board held a bid letting for the bridge replacement project in Rock Township, bridge 58. There were three bidders for this contract, Christenson Brothers submitted a bid for $255,081, Dixson Construction's bid was $261,772, and Graves Construction bid $238,825. The Board awarded the contract to Graves Construction of Spencer. The bridge project will begin June 13.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan sought the Board's approval on an underground permit for Iowa Lakes Electric in Spring Township, Section 26 and a utility permit for Simonsen Industries in Willow Township, Section 11. The Board approved his requests.
Shanahan also advises residents of Cherokee County that Plymouth County is beginning a 10 mile overlay project west of Cherokee County on C-38, and suggested that travelers use the detours - such as L-36 north to Highway 3 or L-36 south to C-44 for the next two months.
The Board also received a funding request for a fire truck from Gerri Kintigh of the Meriden Fire Department. The Board approved $30,000, to be allocated from the County's Rural Betterment Fund for that request.
The MFD will also be raising monies through fundraisers and grant applications for the new truck.