At the weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard a report from County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen who said that some employees had expressed to her that they had concerns about the privacy of the information on their paychecks, and wondered if perhaps paychecks could be given to the employees in a sealed envelope, rather than being left in a box at the courthouse for Department heads to pick up.
After some discussion, it was decided that this would not be be that difficult to do, and so from now on, all paychecks will be placed in a sealed envelope.
In another human resources matter, the Supervisors determined that henceforth there would be no more e-mail messages regarding payroll information, and that such information will only be transmitted via hard copy, and only to the appropriate Department director.
Petersen also submitted two authorizations for salary adjustments, both for employees of the Cherokee County Conservation Department. It was proposed that Conservation Tech Emmett Kohn receive a raise in his salary from $14.15/hour to $15.15/hour, effective October 1, 2012, and that Naturalist Laura Kohn receive a raise from $14/hour to $15.15, effective October 31,201.
Conservation Director Chad Brown was at the meeting and stated that Laura Kohn has done a great job getting educational programs to area schools and coordinating her programs with the schools' curriculums.
Sheriff Dave Scott met with the Supervisors to discuss needed repairs at the Law Enforcement Center. Scott said there had been seven leaks discovered in the L.E.C. roof, and that a roofing company took a look at the roof and said "it was shot." It was estimated that the roof is probably 15-20 years old.
The Supervisors asked Sheriff Scott to obtain bids from 3-4 different contractors and report his findings back to the Board. Scott also said that there are two furnaces at the L.E.C. which are each an estimated 20 years old, and he wondered if perhaps they should be replaced before winter weather sets in. The supervisors requested that he get bids on this project also and report his findings back to the board.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented two utility permits for underground construction for the Board's approval - one was for Century Link on R Avenue in Section 29 of Cherokee Township, and the other for Frontier Communications, in Section 30 of Willow Township. Both were approved.
Shanahan also said that the bridge project in Afton Township, between U and V Avenues on 520th, would begin next week. The proposed bridge project in Washta will most likely start in either the first or second week of December, he said, but he will alert the public as far in advance as possible when a more exact start date is set.
The Supervisors decided to not conduct a meeting next Tuesday, November 6th, due to that being Election Day. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 9 a.m.