The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday with Jane Gilbert, Dwight Lang, and Kristi Quinn of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).
The trio was seeking the support and participation of the Board for the creation of the SIMPCO Housing Trust Funds.
The fund is a legal and financial tool to generate and disburse funds designated for affordable housing in Iowa. It is an independent, nonprofit organization established to address the housing needs of low and moderate income residents.
Some of those needs may include providing tools to buy, own, and sell property or assisting in home repairs such as weatherization, roof repair or lead paint removal.
The Board took their proposal under consideration.
The Board also approved Chairman Jeff Simonsen to sign a letter of support to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for a Block Grant through SIMPCO.
The letter stated the Cherokee County was declared a presidential disaster area due to the severe storms which swept through Iowa on April 9 and April 10, 2011.
Cherokee County suffered extensive damage due to the severe thunderstorms and winds. Cherokee County plans to apply for the 2011 State of Iowa Community Development Block Grant Tornado and Wind Damage Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to uninsured or under-insured homeowners whose homes were affected by the disaster.
Cherokee County plans to provide up to $15,000 per home to low-to-moderate income homeowners who are unable to complete repairs on their homes caused by the April 9-10 storms. The county plans to work with SIMPCO for grant-writing services and administration, including application processing and housing management.
In other business, the Board met with Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen. Petersen sought an update from the Board on the recent proposal from Key Solutions of Sioux Falls, S.D., that two weeks ago gave the Board a business proposal on Employee Assistance Program for Cherokee County.
Key Solutions offers counseling services for people who are having issues with drugs, alcohol, marriage, stress, or demands from being overworked, along with a crisis call - in center.
If contracted by Cherokee County for County employees, rates would be $2,000 a year per 100 employees. Petersen stated that she thinks it a good program for County employees and their family.
The Board tabled any decisions.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan sought the approval of two utility permits from the Board. The first permit was from Cherokee Rural Water for an underground waterline under County Road in Section 29 of Cherokee Township. The second permit was from Iowa Lakes Electrical for overhead electrical lines in Liberty Township, Section Seven. The Board approved both permits.
The Board also approved Chairman Simonsen to sign a letter of verification from the Iowa Veteran Affairs for $10,000 allocated for office expenses.