The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors received the canvass report on the recent 2012 Primary Election from Elections Deputy Jill Titcomb at their weekly meeting Tuesday, and the results reported were the same as the unofficial results printed in the Chronicle Times last week.
The Board approved the canvass, and the election results are now official. A reported 590 people voted in Cherokee County, and Auditor Kris Glienke said that there were a few problems with voters who swiped their drivers' license to vote as the reader did not read the information. Glienke said she thought those voters swiped their licenses too quickly. She feels that all problems will be resolved in time for the General Election in November.
In other action, Jason Copple, representing the Local 234 Operating Engineers' Union, expressed his concerns about some recent salary increases for County employees, but the Board explained the circumstances involved in approving the raises, and Copple was asked to please relay the information he was given back to any Union members who were concerned.
Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz presented the FY13 Contract between the County and Pathways Center for Emotional Well Being for Board approval. Pathways has raised its rate for counseling services by $2/hour, but Langlitz said that Cherokee County hasn't even paid for any services from Pathways for a couple of years, since most of Pathways' clients pay for their own services. The Board approved the FY13 contract as submitted.
Langlitz also discussed the FY13 contract with Plains Area Mental Health Center. She recommended transferring the amount budgeted for Elderly Peer Visits to the Emergency Services fund. The Board approved this recommendation and Langlitz will make those changes and re-submit the proposed budget at the next Board meeting.
County Wellness Committee representative Lindsay Bressler presented an update on Committee meetings to the Supervisors. The committee had discussed the County contributing for Wellness Center memberships for County employees who were regular users of the Wellness Center, but the Supervisors felt that more details on how many County employees will be using the Wellness Center and what the frequency of their usage will be before the county agrees to pay any of the cost. Bessler will obtain more data and report back to the Supervisors at a future meeting.
County Sheriff Dave Scott presented a wage authorization of $13.62/hour for part-time jailer Darragh Jessica Denery, and this was approved.
Scott also presented an authorization for a new full-time employee who will begin his duties on July 1, 2012, Deputy Sheriff Luke Selk, and the Board approved the recommended wage of $21.75/hour.
The Sheriff's Department has also decided that the Part-time Dispatcher position which has been advertised should be changed to a Full-time position. Following discussion with Sheriff Scott and the Communication Center's David Skou, this was approved by the Board, and Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen said she would post the Full-time position.
The Board also approved a Wage Authorization request submitted by Petersen for Keva Wolf, who will be moving from part-time work to full-time in her position as a jailer. Wolf 's wages will be raised from her current $14.78/hour to $15.31/hour, effective June 17, 2012.
In other business. the Board approved an agreement with Siouxland Regional Transit System for 2012/2013; they also approved Resolution #2012-09 for Inter-fund Operating Transfer, in accordance with Section 331.452, Code of Iowa, transferring $742,500 from the Rural Basic Fund to the Secondary Road Fund.
Landfill Commission member Mark Leeds reported that the Landfill Commission will not require extra funding from the County this year, having successfully worked with Cherokee State Bank to extend the due date on their loan. Leeds also said that he would be appearing at the Cherokee City Council meeting that evening to discuss the rate changes at the landfill.
The Supervisors approved providing $10,000 from the Rural Betterment Fund to the Marcus Historical Project, and they concluded their meeting by touring the Sheriff' s Department Training Room with Ben Shuberg, the County Emergency Management Director. Shuberg showed the Supervisors the area of the room in which he is proposing to establish the County Emergency Operations Center.