John Linquist, Regional Representative for Pheasants Forever, along with members of the Cherokee County Pheasants Forever, made a funding request from the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Pheasants Forever is currently looking to hire five Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists, one of whom will work within Cherokee, Plymouth, Woodbury and Sioux Counties.
Linquist stated that the purpose of Pheasants Forever hiring the biologists is to assist in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat on private lands throughout the four counties.
Specifically, the parties agree to work together to achieve the goals of the Iowa Pheasants Forever 'Reload Iowa' campaign. That campaign is intended to create wildlife habitation, improving water quality in the State of Iowa and soil preservation.
The specific objective is to assist Pheasants Forever Inc. in the establishment of habitat on private lands, and to enhance the cooperative relationship between the parties and well as with other state and federal agencies that work cooperatively throughout Iowa with similar goals.
The Cherokee County Pheasants Forever has donated $10,000 a year for the next three years to go to the hiring of a Biologist. Tuesday's request was for Cherokee County to match the CCPF's commitment.
Tim Haupert of the Cherokee Chapter of PF felt it would be a good investment for the County. He stated that he recently when on a hunting trip and spent money on gas, food, and other expenses.
He suggested that if Cherokee County was a destination spot for hunters they would spend their similarly in the area helping the local economies. The Board approved the request and will allocate $10,000 a year for the next three years out of the Cherokee County Rural Betterment Fund.
In other business the Board approved three utility permits for Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan. Two of the permits were from Mid America for overhead power lines, one in Sections 20 and 21 of Marcus Township and the second along 530 Street in Amherst, Sheridan, Tilden and Rock Townships.
The third permit was from Iowa Lakes Electric for an underground utility line for Section 12 in Amherst Township.
County Recorder Dawn Jones Coombs submitted her department's quarterly revenue report to the Board. Coombs stated that her department has taken in $51,234 for the first quarter of the FY2011-2012 year. The County will retain $20,900 and $30,334 will be forward on to the State of Iowa.
Also submitting a quarterly revenue report was Barb Staver of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. Staver reported that the Sheriff's Department has taken in $21,024for the first quarter of the FY2011-2012 year.
Mike Scott of Scott Telephone of Emmetsburg spoke with the Board about purchasing a phone system upgrade from his company.
The Board agreed to a package that includes a new central processor, new software, and new battery back up and refurbishment of the current phones for the price of $36,121.
According to Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke, the current phone system was installed in 1999.