The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the Cherokee County Engineer to purchase a new loader for the Secondary Roads Department.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan brought the Board several price quotes from five different companies. After discussing the matter with Shanahan about the advantaged of one loader to another, the Board and Shanahan agreed that they would purchase a Caterpillar 9384 from Ziegler for the price of $110,800 with trade-in.
According to Shanahan, this loader is to replace an older loader that was purchased by Cherokee County 27 years ago.
Shanahan also discussed some general business with the Board. He said Secondary Roads has been busy filling cracks on C-16 and has been looking at a spot on L-36 that may need a asphalt overlay before winter, due to ruts in road.
Shanahan also told the Board that his department has been putting plows on County vehicles in anticipation of snow.
In other business, the Board approved a resolution to hold a public hearing on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee County Courthouse on a Development Agreement between the County and Sand Seed Service for the expansion of the Company's facilities in the County, which provides for certain property tax incentives in the form of incremental property tax payments in a total amount not exceeding $415,750, as authorized by Section 403.9 of the Code of Iowa.
The Agreement to make incremental property tax payments will not be a general obligation of the County, but will be payable solely and only from incremental property tax revenues generated within the Sand Seed Service Urban Renewal Area.
At the meeting, the Board will receive oral or written objections from any resident or property owner in the County. Thereafter, the Board may, at the meeting or at an adjournment thereof, take additional action to approve the Development Agreement, or may abandon the proposal.
Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristy Petersen and Cherokee County Safety Director Mike Halder requested $250 from the Board for rental fee of the Cherokee Community Center for a County Health, Wealth and Safety Fair on Nov. 15.
The Fair is a mandatory event for County Employees to receive training on safety issues such as blood-borne pathogens, also employees can learn about their flex spending involvement and will be encouraged to take advantage of local businesses that specialize in fitness.
The Board approved the $250 request.