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Supervisors OK Martin's Access RV camping

Friday, September 23, 2011

A new RV camping project will soon be constructed at Martin's Access on the grounds of the new addition of the popular Cherokee County Park. RV camping for 11 vehicles will include amenities such as water, sewer and electric hookups. Photo by Mike Leckband
Board forestalls Shanahan's surprise resignation

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors received an update on the next phase of the Martin Access expansion project from Cherokee County Conservation Director Ginger Walker on Tuesday.

Walker requested funds from the Board to help with the project that will feature 11 new recreational vehicle campsites. Each site will included water, sewer and electrical hookups, along with 16' x 16' concrete pad that will have a grill, fire ring and table, along with a 75' pull-through driveway for RVs.

The new campsites will be located at the northern addition of Martin's Access, adjacent to were the cabins now are.

Walker estimated that the construction cost for the RV campsites would be $39,000. The Board granted her request for $39,000 with funds from the Cherokee County Betterment Funds. Walker also estimated that camping costs at the RV campsites would be about $20 per night.

In a surprising action, Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan gave the Board a letter of resignation, citing health reasons. Shanahan told the Board that felt that he had not giving a hundred percent recently. Shanahan went on to state that the Cherokee County Secondary Road Crew is outstanding. "There's not one person out there that I can't send to an area of the county and know that they can do the job."

The Board expressed that they think Shanahan has been doing a wonderful job. Chairman Jeff Simonsen suggested that Shanahan may be making a rash decision and told him that he would like to hold his letter of resignation for two weeks, and also suggested that he take a few days off in order to think about his decision.

Shanahan agreed, and said he would discuss his situation with his family and come back his final decision shortly.

Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen, who has been working along with Shanahan, requested the Board advertise for two full time positions at the Secondary Roads Department for a general laborer/operator. The Board granted the request.

John M. Loughlin also addressed the Board on Tuesday to have Chairman Simonsen sign a loan agreement payment scheduled on behalf of the Cherokee County Landfill Commission for the two recent General Obligation Bond notes that the County Recently took out for the Landfill. Simonsen signed the payment schedule agreement after the Board, which voted 4-1 in favor of the agreement, passed a resolution. Supervisor Terry Graybill voted against the agreement.

Mark Buschkamp, Director of the Cherokee Economic Development Corporation, along with Chuck Sand of Sand Seeds of Marcus requested the Board to extend a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) that will be ending this fiscal years for Sand Seeds. Recently, Sand Seeds has begun an addition of a four-grain bins complex with an estimated 900 thousand bushel capacity. Buschkamp and Sand requesedt that Cherokee County would extend its TIF 75% for 10 years.

Sand stated that the project will cost $2.5 million and be completed by Oct. 15 and will create a couple of new jobs. The Board agreed with his request to extend the TIF of another 10 years only for the new construction.

In other business, the Board approved a Master Matrix for Andrew Melontree "tree" #89 hog confinement that will be constructed in Section 21 of Marcus Township.

The Board also heard from Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz who presented the Board with a more accurate cost report for contact with her clients. She estimated that it cost $21.30 unit cost, which was higher then previously estimated and expects the County to receive some funds back from either the State of Iowa or the Federal Government.

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