At their weekly meeting Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard a report on Fiscal Year 2011-12 from Terry Janssen, the Iowa State University Region 6 Extension Director.
Janssen reported that because of staff vacancies and changes last year, his Department has an excess carryover of $14,175.41 from FY 11-12. Janssen said he is now fully staffed for the upcoming fiscal year, and presented a proposal to use the excess funds for the following new Extension initiatives over the course of the next fiscal year:
* Conducting the educational program "Annie's Project," dedicated to strengthening women's roles on the modern farm. The total projected cost for this program, including materials, staff time and travel, rent, meal costs and participation of approximately 20 participants, is $7000.
* First LEGO League and Customer Service Computers - FLL is an international program, created by First and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering (STEP). The challenge issued this year is for teams of 9-14 year-olds to design, program and build a robot over a 12-week period and present an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. Approximate cost of five lap top computers, one of which will replace an older laptop and at a customer service station in the office, is $7000.
* Powerful tools for Caregivers Training, a series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Approximate cost for required training, travel expenses and resources for two facilitators, $950.
* Learning With Lunch Series, a popular series for several years, on a variety of topics. Approximate cost, $250 for various speaker travel expenses.
* iPad Train-the-Trainer Training, would include all materials to conduct the training in Cherokee County at least twice in the next year. Approximate cost for registration, curriculum and travel, $225.
* Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth, 100-14 is a skill-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills and build family strengths, approximate cost of $100 per family which includes registration and supplies. Total cost approximately $800.
* Master Gardener Series, Approximate cost of $750 for 10 students
* Community Visioning - Biking/Walking trail for the city of Cherokee. Cherokee Co. extension would partner with business and economic leaders. Approximate cost, $2250.
* Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale, workshops offering step-by-step guidance for making a real difference in work done with young children, approximate cost for 15 participants, $300.
The use of the excess $14,025 would leave an additional expenditure of a maximum of $5525 for the proposed programs. The Supervisors accepted the Extension Offices' plan for the use of the excess 2011-12 funds.
Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz presented the Board with a Budget Projection for FY13, So far, in July-September 2012, the County has incurred $172, 938.66, for an average monthly expense of $44,296.85.
She discussed the possibility of paying only half of the held bills this Fiscal Year, enabling them to carry over into cash flow next fiscal year, but no action was taken at Tuesday's meeting.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented Utility Permit applications for Cherokee Rural Water in Section 7 of Afton Township and for Iowa Lakes Rural Water in Section 9 of Spring Township, and these were approved by the Board.
Shanahan also noted that he had not yet received a start date on either of the upcoming bridge projects - one in Washta and the other in Afton Township - but when a date is set, he will be sure to tell the Chronicle Times, so that the paper can "get the word out" about any road closures in plenty of time.
A Master Matrix submitted by Tom Lehnhoff for construction in Section 2 of Tilden Township was also approved.