The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday received an update on the phone system upgrade at the Cherokee Communication Center. Cherokee County GIS/IT Coordinator Lindsay Bressler told the Board that the system is up and running.
She also indicated that there were still a few bugs to work out as of Tuesday. Bressler stated a couple of lines would disconnect a caller after 30 seconds while on hold.
The upgraded system is the first upgrade on the phone systems since 1995. The new system has several new options, including battery backup, voice mailbox report, voice to e-mail feature that can send an e-mail to a smart phone, and an extension pickup feature.
Bressler also sought the Board's approval to start looking for a summer intern. The Board approved Bressler's request.
Mark Buschkamp, Director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, sought the Board's support for entering with Ida County, Plymouth County, and Monona County into a Regional Housing Trust Fund.
With Buschkamp was Rita Frahm of Ida County Development who asked the Board for a letter of support so they could proceed to the other counties to begin the groundwork of a Regional Housing Trust Fund.
This proposed trust fund would be similar to trust funds offered from SIMCO and Northwest Planning, but would focus on attaining grants and low interest loans for low to moderate income people to fix up or modernize their homes.
Unlike SIMCO and Northwest Planning, this new trust fund would focus on rural communities and rural property owners. It is estimated that all four counties would put up a percentage of funds to the trust. Cherokee County's part is estimated to be $9,000.
The Board agreed to have the County Attorney look over a their proposal and indicated their support for the Regional Trust Fund named West Central Regional Housing Trust.
In other business, the Board continued hearing several more funding requests. Chuck Tolzin of the Cherokee County Fair Board requested $30,000 after giving a presentation to the Board and presenting the Board with the 2012 Cherokee County Fair entertainment budget. The Board gave the Fair $25,000 for last year's Cherokee County Fair.
The Board took Tolzin's request under advisement.
Joe Draper and Dutch Robbins of the Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Commission brought forth their budget request for $37.988, a funding increase of 7.9 percent.
Also bringing a funding request was Don Fiser of the Cherokee County EMS Board for training county EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Fighters. He requested $10,800, the same as last year's request.