At Tuesday's meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, the Supervisors approved amending the FY13 Budget of the County Sheriff's Department, adding approximately $90,000 to cover four items which have arisen since the Budget was approved:
1) Dispatcher Josh Dunn was hired, at an annual salary of $43.360; 2) The Department has found the need to hire an additional full-time jailer, at an annual salary of $20,000; 3) The Law Enforcement Center needs two furnaces and an Air Conditioner, all of which are approximately 30 years old, replaced, at a cost of $10,830; and 4) the L.E.C. also needs to have the roof replaced, at a cost of $13,900.
Modern Heating and Cooling of Cherokee's bid was approved to provide the furnaces and Air Conditioner, and Nohava Construction of LeMars' bid was approved for the roof replacement.
Emergency Management Director Ben Shuberg met with the Supervisors to discuss the proposed Lease Agreement for office space for his Department at the Mental Health Institute. Some contract language needs to be clarified yet, and Shuberg will meet with the Supervisors again when this has been done.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan discussed upcoming general road construction projects, and advised the Supervisors that his Department may require a Budget Amendment, due to additional purchases of concrete and updating wiring at his Department's shop, but he did not have the figures to present on Tuesday. Shanahan said he has not yet been given a date or the closing of the Washta Bridge during its upcoming replacement.
Willis Allbaugh of Quimby met with the Supervisors to discuss an upcoming project in his town. Allbaugh said that the town plans to use funds from their recent Quasquicentennial Celebration to put towards a new digital sign to be placed near where the current town sign is. The colored , two-sided sign, from Roling Signs in Sioux Rapids, is 15 feet by 7 feet, and costs $26,000. The town has $18,000 for the project and is requesting $8,000 from the County's Rural Betterment Fund to complete the project. The Supervisors did not act on the request at Tuesday's meeting, but will take the matter under advisement, and announce their decision at an upcoming meeting.
In other business, the Supervisors approved submitting the 2012 TIF Report to the state and approved the bid of Waldner Lawn Service for snow removal at the Courthouse. They also set 9 a.m. on Monday December 24, 2012, as the time for a Public Hearing on Budget Amendments, and set Tuesday January 29, 2013, as an all-day Budget Workday for the Supervisors.