At Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, the Board learned more about the State of Iowa's redesign of its Mental Health system from Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz.
Basically, the State is moving from a system of local (county) mental health services to a regional system. Unfortunately, said Langlitz, the Administrative Rules for operating the system have not yet been developed and released and the amount of funding is also an unknown, so she did not have much "hard" information to provide at this time.
There will be another meeting of the Mental Health Redesign Committee on August 28th, and the supervisors were encouraged to have two members attend the meeting to learn more about the future system and provide input and concerns.
Jill Titcomb, the Auditor's Election Assistant, provided the Board with the results of the 2010 general election in Amherst, Marcus, Grand Meadow, Rock and Tilden townships regarding those townships changing their trustee and clerk positions from an elected position to an appointed one. After a review of those results, the supervisors declined the option to pass a resolution to put a township question on the 2012 general election ballot.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented an application from Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to approve underground construction in Section 26 of Pitcher Township. This would involve a single phase underground electric power line at 7200 volts to replace the existing overhead service and get the power lines out of the trees, The proposed line would be located 2 3/4 miles south of Aurelia at 5875 W Avenue, and there would be one new above-ground pedestal on the south end of the project. The Board approved the application.
Shanahan also presented a request for a zoning change from David Bakker for his land in the NE1/4 of the NW !/4 of Section 33, T-92N, R-40W from Ag Residential to Light Industrial. Mr. Bakker plans to operate an appliance de-manufacturing business there. Mr. Bakker request was approved by the Zoning Board unanimously, as the business will be confined within the existing buildings, with nothing to be stored outside. The collection system for the facility is self - contained, and will be disposed of by methods approved by the DNR. Mr. Bakker has received his permits to operate from the DNR. After de-manufaturing, the scrap metal in the appliances will be sent to a metal recycling facility. The Board of Supervisors approved the re-zoning request.
Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen presented a separation of employee final payout of $511.02 for part-time employee Steve Beeck, and this was approved by the Supervisors.
She also presented an authorization for a new hire, Joshua Dunn, who was hired by the Sheriff's Department for a full-time position as a Dispatcher at the Law Enforcement Center at a salary of $14.06/hour, and this authorization was approved by the Board.
County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt presented an authorization of $13.50/hour for new hire Bryan Petersen as a Drivers License Examiner, and the Board also approved this authorization.
Kristi Petersen and the Board discussed the issue of restructuring the County Safety Committee as recommended. No firm decisions were made, but Petersen will submit a letter with the Board's ideas for restructuring and action will be taken when a response is received.
The Board met in closed session per Iowa Code 21.5 (i) for an employee evaluation requested by Lisa Langlitz. No action was taken as a result of the session. LIndsay Bressler declined her right to a closed session for her evaluation and was accompanied by an attorney. No action resulted from that evaluation either.