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Supervisors back to drawing board on jail issue

Friday, November 18, 2011

City Election votes canvassed

Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen and architect Rick Emswiler addressed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about an addition to the Cherokee County Jail.

Two years ago, voters answered "no" to a proposed bond issue to build a new county jail.

Since that time, the county jail has seen the separation of the Cherokee Police Department, a move that reportedly was to free up space at the facility. With the failed bond issue, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department had to make due with what it has.

Friedrichsen reported that there are some problems with the building that needs to be addressed and wanted to see what the Board had in mind and which direction they should proceed in.

One problem that needs to be addressed,the Board agreed with Friedrichsen, is the dilapidating stairs on the east side of the jail.

Emswiler brought several plans to address this problem, along with building plans that would essentially add an addition to the south side of the jail.

The Board stopped short of committing to a jail expansion at this time, but did agree to look into the needs of the existing jail.

One question the Board did ask Friedrichsen to look into with the Chief Jail Inspector of Iowa is if an addition would to be built, what are the requirements the county would have to met to have the existing structure be grandfathered, or would the county have to make a major over-haul to meet modern construction codes.

If the Board would proceed with a jail addition, they could spend up to $400,000 on the project without the need of a General Obligation Bond.

The Board took no action and tabled the jail talk for future meetings.

Jill Titcomb, Election Deputy at the Cherokee County Auditor's office, brought the 2011 city election results to the Board to be canvassed and to made official.

In the City of Cherokee Ward 1, incumbent James Peck defeated challenger Mark Miller 213 to 113. There were four write-in votes cast.

In Ward 3, incumbent Wayne Pingel totaled 136 votes to turn back Matthew Royster (58) and Jason Duma Johnson (30).

A breakdown of the vote totals in Ward 1 for the Cherokee City Council At-Large seat showed winner Chad Brown receiving 290 votes, followed by Berry Lewis 31, Mike Morrow 13, and two write-ins.

In Ward 3, Brown received 179 votes, followed by Lewis 28, Morrow 15, and three write-ins.

In Ward 2, Brown received 139 votes, followed by Lewis 30, Morrow 10, and five write-ins. At-Large winner Brown tallied 608 votes, compared to 89 for Lewis, and 38 for Morrow. There were 10 write-in votes.

In the City of Aurelia, Cindy L. Nelson, incumbent council member, and challenger Jacob Schutt were running for two open Council Member At-Large positions. Winner Nelson received 103 votes and Schutt received 78 votes and there were 31 write-in votes

The office of Aurelia Mayor was open with no candidates on the ballot, so write-in votes determined the next Aurelia Mayor. There were a total of 62 write-in votes and Jim Tell received 37 votes. Tell has until Nov. 28 to resign if he does not want to be the next Aurelia Mayor. If Tell declines the office, it will go to the write-in candidate who received the next highest number of votes, which was Richard Vogt, who received 13 write-in votes.

In the City of Cleghorn, there were three candidates vying to be next Mayor. Incumbent Mick Wetherell was on the ballot, along with challengers Michael G. Bunt and Michael D. Eldredge. Winner Wetherell received 42 votes, Bunt received 21, and Eldredge received 3 votes.

All three incumbents, Susan Briese, Sara Lively and Greta R. Petersen, were seeking Cleghorn's three Council Member At-Large positions. Briese received 57, Lively received 62 votes and Petersen received 54 votes. There were a total of five write-in votes.

In the City of Quimby, the Mayor's race had no one on the ballot, write-in votes determine the next Quimby Mayor, and total write-in votes were 33 for mayor and Betty Woltman received 17 write-in votes. Woltman has until Nov. 28 to resign if she does not want to be the next Quimby Mayor.

If Woltman declines the office, it will go to the next write-in candidate who received the most votes. That candidate was Rich Wych with 3 write-in votes.

As for the two Council At-Large positions in Quimby, incumbents Willis Allbaugh and Larry K. Nelson were on the ballot. Allbaugh received 33 votes and Nelson received 37 and there were two write-in votes.

In the City of Marcus, current Mayor Darrell J. Downs was the only candidate for Mayor and he received 84 votes.

Challenger Robin Jenness and incumbents Carl F. Nelson and Matthew C. Schmillen were vying for the three Council Member At-Large positions. Jenness received 99 votes, Nelson 66 and Schmillen received 95 votes. There were a total of 16 write-in votes.

Also on the Marcus ballot was candidate Harold Klassen who was running to fill a vacancy on the Marcus City Council. Klassen received 105 votes and there was one write-in vote.

There was a Public Measure that also appeared on the Marcus Ballot. Public Measure 18-C states, "Should the City of Marcus, Iowa adopt an ordinance imposing a hotel/motel tax of five percent on the sales price of all renting and lodging units in the City of Marcus, Iowa to be effective January 1, 2012 in accordance with the provisions of section 423.A.4 of the Code of Iowa." The Public Measure passed with 86 'yes' votes and 25 'no' votes.

In the City of Meriden, Mayor D.J. Sechler was running unopposed and received 34 votes and there was one write-in vote. Tara R. Kintigh was the only person on the ballot for two open spots on the Meriden City Council. She received 29 votes and a total of 32 write-in votes were cast. Mike Dunn received 15 write-in votes, making him the other council member.

In the City of Larrabee, incumbents Joann Kelly and Mabeth Kraft were on the ballot for the two Council Member At-Large spots. Kelly received 18 votes and Kraft received 16 votes and there were two write-in votes.

As for the City of Washta, incumbent Mayor Don Parrott was vying for Mayor unopposed, and he received 72 votes. There were also nine write-in votes.

As for the City Council race for the City of Washta, there were four candidates running for two Council Member At-Large positions. Incumbent council members James Joy and Dana B. Talbert faced challengers Lucas Edwards and Roger Sargent.

Winners Talbert received 64 votes and Joy received 41 votes. Edwards received 33 votes and Sargent received 15 votes. There were a total of 4 write-in votes.

Also, incumbent Council Member Michelle McCampbell and challenger Douglas Eades were vying for the one spot to fill a vacancy on the Washta City Council. Eades received 63 votes and McCampbell received 16 votes. There were three write-in votes.

After the canvass was completed the Board signed the Abstract of Votes and winner certificates making all results official.

In other business, the Board heard from Cherokee County Conservation Board Director Ginger Walker. Walker presented the Board with her annual Conservation Board report for fiscal year 2010-2011.

Total camping revenue in 2010-2011 was down from $13,263 from the previous year to $10,130. Walker stated that the revenue was down due to the flooding that Cherokee County received during the summer of 2010.

Facility rentals were $9,594, a record high, up significantly from $5,369 from the previous year.

Equipment rentals were $1,590 and more than double the $740 collected the previous year.

Walker also informed the Board that she has put in her resignation to the Cherokee County Conservation Board. She has accepted a position with Pheasants Forever as their Prairie Pothole Region Farm Bill Biologist Manager. She will remain on the CCCB job until Nov. 28.

Also on Tuesday, a public hearing was held regarding a resolution approving development agreement with Sand Seed Service of Marcus, authorizing Tax Increment Payments and pledging certain tax increment revenues to the payment of the agreement.

Sand Seed Service has agreed to expand the company's facilities in the Urban Renewal Area and the County has agreed to provide tax increment payments in a total amount not exceeding $415,750.

With no public objection, the Board approved the resolution.



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