At Wednesday's meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, Elections Assistant Jill Titcomb presented the Board with the results of thecanvass of the November 6th election. She reported that Cherokee County had a 71.2% turnout of the 9403 registered voters in the county, and 2496 absentee ballots were accepted. Nine absentee ballots were rejected because they were not completely filled out as instructed. Fifty-seven absentee ballots were not returned to the Auditor's office.
The winners of all contested races were the same as in the unofficial results reported last week. The Board approved the election canvass report and signed off, making the results official.
In other business Wednesday, Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz submitted an application for a DHS Accreditation Survey, which is occurring this week, and Board Chairman Dean Schmidt signed the application.
County Attorney Ryan Kolpin presented a wage authorization to the Board for Legal Assistant/Paralegal Kara Harpenau. Harpenau has been employed in the position for six months, and as per previous agreement, her wages have been increased from $43,000/year to $45,000, with four weeks of vacation, effective October 23, 2012. The Board approved the wage authorization as presented.
Clarence Hoffman of the Iowa Community Assurance Pool and Scott Weber, agent for Central Insurance Agency, were present and Hoffman presented the county with a dividend check for $7,181.37, a reflection of Cherokee County's "loss control" safety practices and low number of workmen's compensation claims.
The Supervisors also approved a rental contract with the Mental Health Institute for office space for State DHS Social Workers in the Ginzberg Building, effective December 1, 2012.
Lyle Paulsen appeared before the Board representing the town of Washta. Paulsen presented a proposed project for the town of Washta to add an additional well "to insure a safe, reliable uninterrupted water source for the Washta Fire Department, grade school (281 students), businesses, and residents (250) of Washta. The existing well was drilled in 1982, and is probably nearing its "expiration date," said Paulsen. The plan he presented would have an estimated project cost of $147,108.32, and the town has saved $50,000 which is earmarked for the project. They would also plan to borrow a balance of $47,108.32 from the State Revolving Fund for Municipalities and at Wednesday's meeting they requested $50,000 from the County Rural Betterment Fund to complete funding for their proposed project. They hope to have the new well in line by next fall, if all goes well. The Board did not make a decision on the requested funding at Wednesday's meeting, and they will take the request under advisement before making a final decision on county participation.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented four Utility Permits for Supervisor approval. One permit was for Alliant Energy, in Section 25 of Cherokee Township, another for Cherokee Rural Water, in Sections 1,2 and 3 of Cedar Township; one for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative for an overhead line in Cedar Township, Sections 16 and 17; and the final one for Iowa Lakes Regional Water, for underground construction of a mainline extension on the east side of Smith Road, in Section 32 of Spring Township. All of the permits were approved by the Supervisors.
Shanahan also noted that the bridge project in Washta is currently scheduled to begin the first or second week of December, and stated that when it begins, there will be road closures and detours involved.