On Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors canvassed the results of the Aurelia School District special election held on Tuesday, April 3.
Jill Titcomb, Cherokee County Deputy of Elections, brought the results to the Board to be canvassed.
Voters in Aurelia overwhelmingly approved adopting a Revenue Purpose Statement to replace the current Revenue Purpose Statement and authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa, through the $.01 sales, service and use tax for school, to secure an advanced vision for education fund for school infrastructure.
Results showed 98.33 percent (118 votes) of those who voted were in favor of the measure and 1.67 percent (2 votes) were opposed. A 50% majority was required for the measure to pass.
The 120 votes cast represented a 9.7% turnout of the 1,237 registered voters in the school district.
The Board signed the certificate of election thereby making the results official.
Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Ben Shuberg addressed the Board about getting new garage doors for one of the buildings at the Secondary Roads for EMS vehicle storage.
Shuberg presented the Board with a bid of $13,580 from Benson Construction of Cherokee to remove the existing doors at the storage building to accommodate the vehicle, along with reframing the openings on the west and east sides and install two 22' x 10'6" doors in the openings.
The Board suggested to Shuberg to double check and see if the bid includes new garage door openers or if the old ones are still going to be used. They also suggested that Shuberg check with other County departments to see if any of them would have use for the old doors.
The Board took no action at this time.
Shuberg also updated the Board on the County's RAGBRAI ordinance language changes. Shuberg told the Board that he hasn't had a chance to meet with the County Attorney but they should only have to update the ordinance with this year's dates on which RAGBRAI XL will be held.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented the Board with an underground utility permit from Iowa Lakes Electric for Sections 12 and 13 of Afton Township.
The Board approved the permit.
The Board then met with Cherokee County Recorder Dawn Jones Coombs who presented her Quarterly Revenue Report. She reported that her department has taken in a total of $60,210 in fees collected.
The Board approved her report.
In other business, the Board approved the 2011/2012 budget amendment for publication and set March 8 for a public hearing.
The Board also approved a letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation informing them that Highway 59 traffic will be detoured onto Linden Street and S Avenue between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on June 2 for the annual Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo Parade.
The Board then began a discussion regarding the traffic and dust complaints along 480th Street near the east end of the Marcus. The Supervisors talked about several possible solutions, such as having Marcus Police patrol the road more.
Other options would spray dust control materials, which was discounted for several reasons, including it was mildly affective and would cost $1,800 each time, a cost that would be split with the City of Marcus, along with deciding who else in the County they would have to do this action for.
There was also the suggestion of placing a solar powered speed sign to help limit the truck traffic on that road. Other options would be to reclassify the road and give up the County's jurisdiction to the City of Marcus, in which they could develop the road by paving it or make it a Farm-to-Market road.
In the end, the Board suggested contacting the DOT and try to get a turning lane added to Highway 3 near the Little Sioux Corn Processors to elevate the need of the trucks going onto 480th Street.
Currently, there is no turning lane and many truck drivers do not use the Highway 3 entrance due to a small hill that blocks the visibility of traffic at that corner.