The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for their weekly session on Tuesday, and the Board reviewed a proposal from Emswhiler Architect of Missouri Valley for exterior improvements to the Law Enforcement Center. Rick Emswhiler, the company owner, said that the recommended exterior changes will make the LEC more "user-friendly" for consumers, in that it will be easier to get into the building than it is now, with better accessibility for the disabled. Emswhiler's plan also includes the addition of several light poles in front of the building, creating better visibility for those entering the building.
Architect Emswhiler's projected total cost of the project is $98,438, though he stated that this just an estimate, and the actual cost incurred will be the responsibility of the contractor, who has not been chosen at this point. Deputy Sheriff Jeff Friedrichsen was present for Emswhiler's presentation, and when asked by the Supervisors what he thought of the proposal, Friedrichsen said he felt it was a good plan.
The Board approved the proposal as presented.
In other business, Friedrichsen presented the Sheriff's Department's Equitable Sharing Agreement with the Department of Justice for the Board's approval. The agreement allows the Sheriff's Department to receive a percentage of funds appropriated by the Department of Justice in the apprehension of criminals for positive Departmental use. The agreement renews annually with the Supervisors' approval, and Chairman Dean Schmidt signed the agreement.
County engineer Dave Shanahan requested approval of a Utility Permit for Iowa Electric Cooperative in Section 21 of Amherst Township, and this was approved by the Board.
Shanahan also noted that county road C-38, which has been undergoing some repair, will be open for travel on Friday, and he said that he appreciated the public's patience with the project.
County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt presented her department's annual report for the period from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, and her department showed a balance of $8.788 million on hand on June 30, 2012. The Board approved the report following a brief period of clarification.
County Recorder Dawn Jones Coombs presented her department's report of fees collected for the period of April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012, The Recorder's Office collected $52,180.04 during the quarter, all of which had been paid to the County Treasurer, with the exception of $393 which had not been paid yet, as of the closing date of June 30th.
LeDen Pingel, representing the Cleghorn Fire Department, discussed the Department's plan to build a new 48' x 50' x 15' metal building with three garage openings for three of their vehicles. The building would also have some additional space for storage of some of the CFD's equipment. Pingel said that the Department would keep the existing building to store their remaining three vehicles and also have a place for holding meetings.
The proposed building site would be just north of the current Fire Station, on property formerly occupied by the Cleghorn Cafe. Pingel said the cost of the building, which will be constructed by local contractors, is $22,850, and the total cost of the project is estimated to be $56,710. He also said that the CFD has $10,000 in the bank that they can apply to the cost of the new building and hey have also talked about approaching the city and possibly the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation about receiving some financial assistance, as well as continuing fundraisers for the project.
Pingel requested $40,000 from the County, but after much discussion, Board members agreed that giving the Department $40,000 towards a $56,700 project seemed like too big of percentage of the cost, and they urged the CFD to continue to seek other funding sources.
The Board approved giving the Fire Department $25,000 from the Local Option Sales Tax Fund.