March 11, 2014

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The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese and Hertle present. Supervisor Wiley was absent. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve the minutes of March 4, 2014. All members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve the Decategorization claim submitted by Tammy Wetjen-Kestersen for services provided in February 2014. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve checks numbered 209087 through 209286, payroll checks numbered 137416 through 137464, and ACH deposits numbered 20040 through 20163, for payment. Supervisor Hertle wanted it noted he is not happy about the Howard R. Green claim. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve fireworks permits requested by Charles Yedlik for an event to be held on April 5, May 24, 25 & November 1, 2014 at 5899-1/2 28th Avenue Dr., Vinton, Iowa. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Kelly Geater, County Treasurer, met with the Board to discuss the Tyler Financial program. Geater stated in April of 2012 the County got the new Tyler Financial program, ever since it has been war. They correct one problem and break something else. Every month end she has to call into Tyler Financial to fix something in order to complete her month end. In order for her to complete her semi-annual report she had to go back to the old way of doing things, which she spent doing after hours. Geater stated there are good things about the program. She wanted the Board aware of the issues she was having with the program so if it came up to renewing the contract the Board would know of the issues before hand.

Robert Spangler, Chairman of the Benton County Historical Preservation Commission, presented the Certified Local Government annual report to the board for approval. Spangler stated he contacted the State and they stated the County appoints for the members of the Commission. Spangler asked Bob LaGrange if he would be interested in being on the Commission and LaGrange agreed. Supervisor Hertle stated that the report needs to get approved even if it’s wrong, if it’s wrong they will amend it. Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese to approve the Historical Preservation Commission annual report. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Six members of the 2014 Grand Jury met with the board to discuss various issues. Supervisor Hertle explained briefly that all of the supervisors sit on various local and regional boards pertaining to county business, which requires more time than the three or four hours spent in the courthouse. Supervisor Hertle added that the supervisors are the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the county. Grand Jury asked the Board if they felt safe in the courthouse, Frese stated yes, Hertle responded that the Board has put in the budget to try to get a full time security person in the courthouse. Have a first line of defense in case something would happen. Hertle stated he is against a metal detector. Fire and tornado drills for the courthouse were also discussed.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve a utility permit requested by Mediacom to place utility lines in the county’s right-of-way in Fremont Township, on 30th Ave North of Hwy 30, between Hwy 30 and 72nd Street. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to approve a utility permit requested by Mediacom to place utility lines in the county’s right-of-way in Florence Township, outside of Walford North of Hwy 151 on 33rd Ave between Hwy 151 and 78th Street and on 78th Street between 33rd Ave and Benton-Linn Rd. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

The Engineer, Myron Parizek, presented bids that were received for the purchase of a new pickup cab/chassis for Secondary Roads (replacement weed truck due to fire). Bids were received as follows:

Thys Motor Company-2014 Dodge Ram 4500-$34,128.00

Junge Center Point-2015 Ford F450-$34,483.00

Junge Center Point-2014 Dodge Ram 4500-$35,194.00

Parizek reported on the meeting he had with the Insurance Company. The insurance company stated the premium allowed marginal clause up to additional 25% of actual cash value. The weed truck was initially bought for $28,198, insurance company had it listed worth $23,743 add the additional 25% would make it $29,678 that the insurance company would pay for a replacement truck. The bid is on the cab/chassis only because of the specifications needed for the utility box. Parizek estimates that the utility box will cost around $10,000. He is contacting salesmen for bids on the utility box; it should have a shorter turnaround time.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to authorize the engineer to purchase a 2014 Dodge Ram 4500 from Thys Motor Company at a price not to exceed $34,128.00. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

County Attorney, David Thompson updated the board on the status of repairing the courthouse clock. Thompson stated his is in the process of applying for 2 grants. First grant’s deadline is March 15; the second grant’s deadline is April 25th. Thompson is looking for the Board to sign letters of support for the grants applications. Thompson will be drafting up the letters of support this week for the Board to sign.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese to authorize the Vice-Chairman to sign letters of support for grant applications for the Benton County courthouse clock. Both members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

Moved by Hertle, seconded by Frese, to adjourn. All members voting aye thereon. Motion carried.

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Donald H. Frese, Chairman

ATTEST: _____________________________________

Gina Edler, Deputy Auditor



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