At their weekly meeting Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with County Maintenance worker David Driggs to discuss his concerns about the lawnmower used on the Courthouse property. The mower has been repaired and the Board took no action on this item, but they will continue to look into the possible purchase of a new piece of equipment.
County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt asked the Board to consider salary adjustments for her office employees - Jackie Dierenfield, Misty Daum and Jacob Rosewall - as she felt all of them were deserving of a higher salary. After further discussion, adjustments were approved by the Board. Dierenfield's salary will be increased from $16 to $17/hour, Daum's from $12.50 to $13.50/hour, and Rosewall's from $10.65 to $12.50/hour, effectively immediately. Each of their salaries will then increase an additional $.65 an hour on July 1, 2012, as previously approved by the Supervisors.
The Board also approved a wage authorization for Lisa Dame, who moved from a part-time to a full-time position as a jailer in the Sheriff's Department on May 14, 2012. Dame will receive a $14.78/hour salary.
The Supervisors also discussed the need to have someone else trained for the position of County Death Investigator, in the event that the current investigator is unavailable when needed. Cherokee Regional Medical Center has an employee who has expressed interest in being trained, and the Supervisors approved CRMC making arrangements for the training, for which the County will pay.
In other business, CAEDC Director Mark Buschkamp presented a Letter of Support for the Northwest Iowa Development's application to establish Foreign Trade Zones in Cherokee County, as part of an effort to enable the region to engage effectively in the wider global economy. Establishing these zones would enable some local companies who import foreign products to waive payment of duties on these items. The Board approved and Chairman Schmidt signed the letter, which will be sent to the Executive Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan requested approval for Overhead Construction on a County Road Right-of-Way, located in Sections 22,15, 10 and 11 of Rock Township. This involves Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative installing a three phase overhead line to upgrade the existing single phase power line. The Board approved this request.