The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with Dave Driggs, Maintenance at the Cherokee County Courthouse, on Tuesday.
Driggs brought the Board several price quotes from Builders Sharpening and Service for a replacement lawn mower for the Cherokee County Courthouse.
Driggs stated that the current lawn mower is 16 years old and has been having problems.
Driggs looked at several different types of mowers and discussed with the Board his needs in the lawn care at the courthouse.
The Board suggested that Driggs go back and get a bid for a 700 John Deer with a 54" deck and what it would cost for accessories such as a snow blade, blower, broom, and bagger, along with a trade-in price for the old mower.
The Board then met with Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan who brought two utility permits to be approved. Both permits were for underground utility lines for Iowa Lakes Electric.
The first permit is located in Section 4 of Sheridan Township and the second permit was located in Section 21 of Liberty Township.
The Board then went into closed session with Shanahan per Iowa Code 21.5(i) "To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session."
Shanahan was offered a three-year contract by the Board during the closed session. Shanahan's wage will be, as of July 1, 2012, $84,500, with a yearly increase of $2,000 each year of the contract.
Shanahan will be serving as the Cherokee County Engineer, Zone Administrator, and Cherokee County Weed Commissioner. Shanahan's new contract will end on June 20, 2015.
In other business, the Board heard from Jason Titcomb, who requested funding for marketing the Glacial Trail Byway. The Glacial Trail Byway runs through four area counties.
Each of the four counties, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Clay, and O'Brien has all agreed to enter into a four-way split to reach to marketing goal of $1,500. The Board approved $375.
Supervisor Jeff Simonsen was appointed to the Siouxland Regional Housing Authority as Commissioner, and Supervisor Terry Graybill will serve as the alternate Commissioner.
The Board also appointed Dr. Steve Benson to the Cherokee County Board of Health.