The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for a short meeting on Tuesday. Among items discussed on their agenda was the approval of the 2011 Family Farm applications.
To apply for the credit, the person shall deliver to the county assessor a verified statement and designation of the tracts of agricultural land for which the credit is claimed. The assessor shall return the statement and designation to the county board of supervisors with a recommendation for allowance or disallowance.
In other business the Board heard from Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Peterson who brought a final employee wage payout for Ginger Walker whose last work day was Nov. 27. The Board approved the wage pay out for $4,715.
Peterson told the Board that she will be meeting next week with the Cherokee Conservation Board to see in which direction they will be going in replacing Walker. It was Peterson's understanding that the Conservation Board will not be hiring a new Conservation Director but will be hiring a new Conservation Technician and go forward with the current crew.
Peterson also discussed with the Board about holding a future Employee Manual Makeover sessions with department heads to review the look and to provide easy accessibility for the County Employee Manual. She will be sending out a memo to the department heads first to see if it is warranted to hold a session or not.
Peterson then discussed with the Board about a free program on employee verification. The program called E-Verified works along with the I-9 form to determine the legality of a potential employees.
In other business the Board approved two underground utility requests from the Cherokee County Engineer's Office.
The first permit was for Wind Stream Communications for Spring Township, Section 23 and the second permit was for Iowa Lakes Electric for Cherokee Township. Section 16.
The Board also approved a request from Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan to attend an engineering convention in Lexington, Ky.
The Board's final bit of business was the signing of the Iowa Economic Development Authority $200,000 Community Development Block Grant pre-contract for repair of homes that were damaged by wind in 2011.
Now that this step is taken it allows the Cherokee County Emergency Management to contact homeowners who applied for this grant, however the Board statedthat no one had yet applied.