At a brief weekly meeting Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a Utility Permit presented by County Engineer Dave Shanahan on behalf of Frontier Communications of Iowa. Frontier's project will consist of replacing a buried copper telephone cable under County Road C-66 in Section 33 of Grand Meadow Township. The new cable will be placed at the toe of the back-slope.
The Board also approved a Department of Natural Resources Construction Permit and Master Matrix scoring for the hog confinement operation of Justin and Mary Schulenberg, located in Section 28 of Pitcher Township. This approval followed a DNR onsite inspection, attended by Shanahan, and consideration was given to the absence of written or oral comments from the public. Board Chairman Dean Schmidt signed a letter noting the Board's approval, and it was sent to the DNR Field Office in Spencer, along with a copy of the legal notice and the Master Matrix scoring.
Judi Meyer of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) appeared before the Supervisors to provide information regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) #11-OT-002 (in relation to tornado damage). The original grant contract awarded $200,000 in project funds for qualified applicants. Staff time, valued at $2600, was spent by the project administrator to conduct general administrative activities related to the project. The project has received six inquiries from potential applicants, but none of them submitted applications for funding and didn't meet all necessary requirements, so the Board sent a letter to the Iowa Economic Development Authority stating "100% of the awarded funds will not be used, and therefore all funds may now be canceled and returned to IEDA's funding pool."
The potential applicants have been referred to a possible alternative funding source.
Lindsay Bressler provided the Board with an update of the activities of the County employees' Wellness Committee. Bressler said that a Fun Run/Walk has been scheduled for Saturday October 13. She said that six or seven county employees have signed up so far, and five of those people are also planning on getting some training at the Wellness Center prior to the event. The run will start at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, and there will also be a 1 k walk for kids, with some fun activities included. Bressler said the cost to register for the event is $15, but that will go up to $20 in September.