Kris Glienke, Cherokee County Auditor and Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, called the meeting to order and began the reorganization process.
The first order of business was the election of Board Chairman and Dean Schmidt was named Chairman. Mark Leeds was named Vice-Chairman and then the meeting was turned back to the Chairman and Kris Glienke was appointed permanent clerk to the Board.
The Board then set the date and times that the Board would be meeting for 2012. Meeting times will remain on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. The Board then named the three official County newspapers, Chronicle Times and Marcus News and the Aurelia Stare were appointed.
The Board then set mileage rate for employees at 45 cents per mile with 55.5 cents per mile for the federal rate.
The Board then assigned its committee assignments:
Courthouse Committee - Larry Prunty, Terry Graybill; County Shop - all Supervisors; County Fairs - Graybill, Schmidt (alternate); YES Center Board - Prunty, Graybill (alternate); Solid Waste Commission - Leeds, Simmonsen (alternate); Mid Sioux - Schmidt, Graybill (alternate); Plains Area Mental Health - Graybill, Leeds (alternate); Cherokee County Work Services - Graybill, Simonsen (alternate); SRTS - Simonsen, Prunty (alternate). Also, Third Judicial Representative - Simonsen, Schmidt (alternate); Regional Workforce Investment Board - Simonsen, Schmidt (alternate); Cherokee County Economic Development - Graybill, Simonsen (alternate); E911 - Graybill, Simonsen (alternate); SIMPCO - Prunty, Leeds (alternate); EMS Coordinator - Ben Shuberg, Graybill, Prunty (alternate); REAP - Leeds, Graybill; Case Management Advisory Board/Project Team - Leeds, Schmidt (alternate); MH Advisory Board - Schmidt; Hazardous Materials Response Commission - Prunty, Graybill; Cherokee County Residential Services, Inc. - Schmidt, Prunty (alternate); NW IA Community Empowerment Board - Leeds; MHI Citizens Advisory Board - all Supervisors; NW IA Contracting Consortium Administrative Board - Simonsen, Schmidt; EMB - Schmidt, Leeds; Enterprise Zone Board - Schmidt; USDA Rural Revolving Loan Committee - Simonsen; Board of Health - all Supervisors; Ambulance CRMC - Schmidt, Graybill; Synergy - Schmidt, Prunty (alternate); Bright Beginnings Day Care Board - Leeds.
The Board then approved Laverne Birch to the Cherokee Aviation Authority for four-year term and approved Mike O'Neal as Cherokee Aviation Authority Director for a four-year term.
The Board appointed Brad Husman to the Cherokee County Conservation Board for a five-year term.
The Board then accepted the resignation of Jerry Rawson as Grand Meadow Township Trustee, Rawson recently moved out of the county. The Board appointed Mark Burnhan as Grand Meadow Township Trustee.
The Board also approved the 2012 Eminent Domain Board including all 28 members. Members are: Jeff Hayes, Leon Klotz, Cindy Krause, Carl Nelson, Carol Leidahl, Les Todd, Bruce Amundson, LaVerne Birch, Jon Dorr, Greyling Fredericksen, Harold Peterson, Richard Sokolowski, Nate Patterson, Leland Anderson, Ernie Glienke, Gene Keck, Bob Leavitt, Brenda Perrin, Denny Timmins, Ruby Wych, Jammie Peterson, Joan Ballantyne, Gary Bowers, Jim Compton, Frank Escue, Jack Foresman, Mike Pitts and Sandy Siegel.
The Board also approved Resolution #20112-01 Master Matrix a construction evaluation relating to construction of a confinement feeding operation structure in Cherokee County.
In other business the Board meet with LeDen Pingel of the Cleghorn Fire Department. Pingel gave the Board a presentation of what the CFD has been doing to build a better department in the last couple of years and requested funds from the Board to purchase a used Pumper Truck from the City of Paullina to replace their old truck that is 32 years old.
The City of Paullina is currently purchasing a new Pumper Truck and has a verbal agreement with the CFD to sell them a 1991 Pumper Truck for $10,000 and an additional $10,000 in funds to re-equipped the truck. The Board approved $10,000 from the County Rural Betterment Fund towards Pingel's request.
Pingel also told the Board that the CFD has also purchased a used ambulance for $8,500 and is paid for by several fundraisers and from members of the Cleghorn Community that step-up to donate funds.
Another project that Pingel told the Board about was that the café next to the fire station was donated to them and they plan on tearing down the current building and pouring a concrete slab and hopes in the future to build a steal building on the 50 square foot lot and will be requesting more funds to help with this project in the future. Pingel estimated that project to cost $20,000.
The Board also met with Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan who sought the Board's approval on contract with Christensen Brothers of Cherokee for a bridge project in Diamond Township.
Christensen Brothers was awarded the contract with their bid of $423,835 over Graves Construction of Spencer whose bid was $490,000. The bridge is located on M-21 in Sections 3 and 4 of Diamond Township.
The Board approved to have Chairman Schmidt sign the contract. Construction on the bridge project began this week and Shanahan expected the project to be completed near the end of March, depending on the weather.