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Supervisors OK Landfill to spend bonds

Friday, July 22, 2011

John Loughlin, Cherokee County Landfill Commission Attorney, was on hand on Tuesday as the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to consent to the issuance of the proposed notes for the County Landfill.

On June 7, the Board held a pair of public hearings and at that time authorized two General Obligation Bonds for the Landfill operation.

The first bond was for the amount not to exceed $2,008,000 for the express purpose to pay costs of refinancing the outstanding 10-year bond and extend the new bond to 20 years in the hopes of lowering payments for the Cherokee County Landfill for the pellet operation.

The second public meeting was to approve a second bond for the amount not to exceed $450,000 for the express purpose to pay costs of a new cell at the County Landfill to dispose of solid waste. That bond would be for eight years.

In May, the Cherokee Landfill Commission addressed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors to see if they could roll the current 10-year General Obligation Bond taken out two years ago for the pellet plant located at the Cherokee Landfill, to a 20-year G.O.B. That G.O.B. was for the amount of $2,920,000.

The resolution at this week's meeting was to authorize the County Landfill to begin to spend the two bonds. The Board held a roll call vote to authorize Chairman Jeff Simonsen to sign the resolution. All voted in favor of the resolution except Supervisor Terry Graybill.

Each member of the Landfill Commission must give their consent to the County to authorize a percentage of the payment of both bonds to go to that particular member of the Landfill Commission for the sole obligation for the bonds to be spent on the project stated.

The Board also held another public hearing on Tuesday to consider vacating a portion of G Avenue. The public raised no objection and the Board went back into its regular meeting.

The Board then voted to approve Chairman Simonsen to sign the first resolution to vacate the 5.73 acre portion that is located between Cleghorn and Marcus to the secondary roadway. The second resolution approved was for the county's desire to sell the property. A public hearing was then set for Aug. 4 to accept bids for the property.

In other business, Jerry Chizek of the Iowa State Extension gave a program update to the Board. Chizek spoke about population numbers and the future focus of the Extension office to help develop a connection for citizens from the age of 20 years old to 45 years old to stay in Iowa.

Jason Titcomb, member of the Cherokee Soil and Water Conservation Board, also gave a program update to the Board. They discussed several issues regarding the CSWC recent actives, including a tour that happened later that same day.

Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan requested two utility permits - one permit for Longlines for a project in Cherokee Township, and one permit for Qwest for a project in Pilot Township. The Board approved his requests.

Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz addressed the Board to talk about her department's requirement for Medicaid disclosure.

Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin addressed the Board with wage authorizations for part-time employees Summer Heeren, who will receive an additional $.63 per hour and Wendy Koch who will receive an additional $1.53 per hour.

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