At Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, the Board heard a proposal for a fundraiser from county employees Paula Ellis and Lisa Langlitz.
The two suggested a "Casual Friday" idea, wherein any county employee who chooses to dress casually (but appropriately) on a Friday contribute $1 to a special fund, and that money will then be used to support a selected group of county residents who are in need. The Supervisors supported the idea, with the caveat that a plan be developed for handling the funds. Langlitz and Ellis said they will present the idea to Department heads for their response.
The Supervisors also approved a Wage Authorization for Deputy Sheriff Luke Selk, who has successfully reached the end of his six month probationary period and is eligible for a $1/hour raise.
The Supervisors also authorized a wage of $14.06/hour for full-time jailer Jessica Foresman, who has completed all of her employee testing.
Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen reported that county employees are in the process of selecting the members of the Safety Committee, and she stated that she would like to see all county meetings begin with a "safety first" reminder, where someone brings up something they have observed and want others to be aware of, such as current unfavorable driving conditions, like fog or ice.
Petersen felt that such a practice would make county employees more aware of safety issues. Petersen also reported that county employees will receive notice of the travel meal allowance upgrade, which was effective last week, with their next paycheck.
County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented a report on county weed conditions, and said that his department has been doing a lot of spraying and cutting of a variety of weeds throughout the county recently. The Supervisors approved the report as presented.
County Recorder Dawn Jones Coombs presented her department's Quarterly Report of fees collected. She stated that her department had a busy quarter, but noted that there was nothing unusual or out-of-line in her report. The Recorder's office collected $85, 752.24 in the last quarter of 2012 and paid the same amount to the County Treasurer. The Supervisors approved the report as presented.
County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt presented her Semi-Annual report, and the county treasury showed a balance on hand of $9,495,605.63 on December 31, 2012. The report was approved.
County GIS/IT Coordinator Lindsay Bressler presented the supervisors with two different plans offered by Scott Telephone for the county's telephone contract. After considerable discussion, the Supervisors approved renewing the county's Gold Seal Partnership Program with Scott Telephone, choosing the plan which covers the county 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Cost of the contract is $4,334.52/year.
In other business, the supervisors discussed the proposed updating of the county's 911 system and approved David Skow starting the process of the update, using approximately $45,000 from his budget, and the Supervisors agreed that they would contribute the remaining $46,000 to complete the project, using Capital Improvement funds. The supervisors felt that upgrading the system is essential to ensure the safety of county residents.
Supervisor Dennis Bush noted that he had contacted Dan Pingel about filling the vacant position of Sheridan Township Clerk, and Pingel has agreed to serve in that position.
Auditor Kris Glienke noted that all Department Heads had turned in their FY14 budget proposals, so the Budget process can proceed. The FY14 Budget will be presented in March.
The Supervisors approved using the following amounts from the Rural Betterment Fund : $15,000 for the town of Washta, to be put towards the digging a new well; $5,000 to Grand Meadow for their current projects; and $5,000 to the the Marcus Historical Society for their ongoing building project on the Marcus Fairgrounds.