At their weekly meting on Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation by Dwight Lange, Kristi Quinn and Judi Meyer of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) on the Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund.
The Trust Fund's mission and purpose is "to address the affordable housing needs within the region, through coordination and long-term planning, including securing and allocating resources to address the unmet housing needs."
Cherokee Area Economic Development Director Mark Buschkamp was present and said he supported the plan. Following discussion, Chairman Dean Schmidt signed a resolution stating that the Cherokee County Supervisors would recognize and support the Trust Fund for three years, subject to renewal.
In other business, Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz continued a previous discussion about the State of Iowa's plan to organize Mental Health services by regions. Planning appears to be really up in the air at this point until the State issues the Administrative rules for the regional plan, which is not expected to be until next spring.
The Supervisors all agreed that their preference would be to join a region which also contains Sioux, Plymouth and Woodbury Counties, as they feel that such a region would be able to provide consumers with adequate mental health services, protect taxpayer dollars, and keep as much local control as possible.
No action was taken at this time, but Langlitz will be attending statewide meetings this week, and she will update the Board on the tentative plans of other counties at their October 9th meeting.
In other business, Engineer's Project Manager Brandon Billings presented the Board with two applications from Cherokee Rural Water for approval of underground construction on county road right-of-way involving potable water transmission lines.
One line will cross Oak Road at 5031 Oak Road in Cherokee Township Sec. 16, NE 1/4 and 560th Street, approximately 1300 feet east of F Avenue in Tilden Township, Section 12 SW 1/4 and Section 13 NE 1/4; the other will cross Keeline Road at 4136 Keeline Road in Cherokee Township, Section 24 and 530th Street at 1391 530th Street in Cherokee Township, Section 30 SE 1/4 and Section 31, SE 1/4.
A scheduled appearance by Rick Emswiler of Emswiler Architecture regarding Open Bids on the Law Enforcement Center Exterior Improvements Project was tabled until Spring.