The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors took the first steps towards fixing the old alleyway that has been used as a sidewalk from the Cherokee County Courthouse to the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center at their meeting Tuesday.
Last year the County's insurance Company had recommended that the alleyway not to be used as a walkway due to a steep incline that becomes icy in the winter months.
This is a problem that the County inherited and accepted when that alleyway was traded as part of a deal with the City of Cherokee when the Cherokee Police Department bought the then-County owned building where the CPD is now located at 239 W. Maple St.
On Tuesday, the Board met with Architect Rick Emswiler of Emswiler Architecture of Missouri Valley. The Board told Emswiler of the general plan of what they would like to see the old alleyway to be turned into. Currently, the alleyway is mainly used to transport inmates from the Cherokee County Jail to the Cherokee County Courthouse, a function the Board and the Sheriff's Office has expressed to keep.
The alleyway, which is built into a hillside, also has an old retaining wall that's open in some section to allow drainage from the hill, another issue the Board addressed with Emswiler. The Board commissioned Emswiler to survey the area and to come back with a proposal that would address the landscape and the drainage designs.
The Board also stated that they would like to see some type of lights along the alleyway that would resemble the lights that the City has along the downtown section of Cherokee.
In other business, the Board was supposed to meet with Kristi Quinn of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council to discuss the County's Hazard Mitigation Plan and a proposed Housing Trust Fund. Quinn however cancelled and was not at Tuesday's meeting.
Mark Buschkamp, Director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, did address the Board on Tuesday to inform the Board that the CAEDC also has a Housing Trust Fund separate from that of the SIMPCO Housing Trust Fund.
Both HTFs are designed to entitle people who qualify to receive funds for damages that were received last year when a tornado touched down in the southern part of Cherokee County. So far no one has come forward with a claim.
The Board also heard from Larry Nelson who requested authorization from the Board to close L-M1 for a parade in the City of Quimby on June 30 as part of the Quimby 125th Celebration.
Nelson also asked if they could close part of Highway 31. The Board told Nelson that Highway 31 is a State Highway and they would need permission from the Iowa Department of Transportation to close it. The issue was tabled until more information from the State could be obtained.
The Board approved a wage authorization for the Cherokee County Recorder's Office for a new part-time clerk position. Michelle Rupp will be making an hourly wage of $11.
The Board's final bit of business on Tuesday was the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding that would approve authorized users at the Public Health to submit forms online.