The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard a report from Jack Reed of Iowa Negotiation Services at their weekly meeting on Tuesday.
Reed was asking the Board to consider contracting with his agency to provide a package of services for the county. including contract negotiations, consulting, monitoring legal drafts. grievance processing, and making sure the Employee Handbook is kept up-to-date. His agency would provide the services for an all-inclusive fixed cost, and there would be no extra charge for mileage.
The Board listened to Reed's presentation, and no decision was made, but the Board told Reed they would contact him soon if they want to meet with him again for further discussion.
County Attorney Ryan Kolpin and Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen were also at the presentation, and after Reed left, the Board discussed the proposal and asked Kolpin to speak to some other counties with whom Iowa Negotiation Services has worked to get their opinions about the services and report back to the Board.
Earlier in the meeting, Kolpin met with the Board in closed session, as per Iowa Code Section 21.5(c), "To discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation."
When the closed session ended, County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented contracts on some projects and Chairman Dean Schmidt signed a contract for the Afton 216 Bridge Project with Dixon Construction of Correctionville and with Christensen Brothers of Cherokee for the Washta bridge. Chairman Schmidt also signed a contract for a project involving a culvert in Silver Township, on 640th Street.
The Board also approved a Master Matrix submitted by Dr. Robert Bryant for a construction project in Section 11 of Grand Meadow Township.
Kristi Petersen received permission to send the Board's proposed plan for a Safety Committee to the Iowa Municipalities Workers Compensation Association, in response to suggestions the IMWCA had made following a site visit to Cherokee. If the proposed plan is approved, the county will go ahead and implement the plan.
In other business, the Board accepted the resignation of Liberty Township Trustee Craig Iverson, who has moved from the township, and appointed Mark Johnson to take his place.