August 24, 2021
The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Seeman, Bierschenk, and Primmer present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. at the conference room at the Benton County Service Center. Members of the public were provided the zoom access capability to join in during open session and livestream at https://www.youtube.com/bentoncountyiowa. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Summarized Resolutions will be available in the Auditor's office and at: www.bentoncountyia.gov ( https://www.youtube.com/bentoncountyiowa)
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve minutes of August 17, 2021. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Resolution #21-66, Approving Final Plat of Hackett Point Addition to Benton County located in part of the SW SE of 28-84-9. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve payroll checks numbered 141955 through 141966, ACH deposits numbered 46395 through 46543, vendor checks 239817 through 239824, and claims numbered 239825 through 239953. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To set a public hearing for Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. for FY 22 Budget Amendment. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Class B Liquor License for Blairstown Sauerkraut Days on Labor Day Weekend. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the request on behalf of the Cedar Valley Ranch to keep the $1,700 in equity transfer for this fiscal year to help cover costs of new water heaters. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve use of courthouse lawn for Historical Society for Civil War re-enactment during the Boomtown celebration on August 28, 2021. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve use of courthouse lawn by Vinton Park and Rec for Saturday October 30, 2021. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To acknowledge Pat Stepanek's resignation to the Benton Development Group Board and appoint Heather Rinderknecht. Motion carried.
The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Matt Dulin in part of the SE of NE 22-85-10. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Dulin would like to change 2 acres of land to be a new non-ag use to build a new home and building to live in and have a carpentry constructions sales business. Property is well maintained, CSR is a 5 and 29 in different areas, the land has not been in production. This parcel does have an existing campground known as "Hidden Valley". There is an existing driveway off 59th Street Drive that meets the qualifications and can be utilized for this new site. Dulin will need a new septic and well. Three adjacent land owners were notified prior to the meeting. Nothing in advance of today's meeting was received and no public was present to speak in regards. Hearing no other comments, the public hearing was closed.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve land use change for Matt Dulin in part of the SE of the NE of 22-85-10. Motion carried.
Ben Kurka, County EMS Director, came to discuss emergency medical services in Benton County and stress the importance of making EMS an Essential Service in Benton County. Kurka explained the challenges they faced, including the limited transport agencies in Benton County. North Benton Ambulance, Belle Plaine and Blairstown all provide ambulance services. The EMS providers are aging and costs keep going up. A huge challenge is having enough people to accommodate all the calls. EMS historically is not regarded as essential like police and fire. Each county can declare EMS as essential and then they could set up an advisory council for EMS. The Advisory council could then determined budgeting costs, and setting up a county-wide model to make sure everyone in the county can be reached. The Board all three agreed to Kurka in preparing a resolution for future approval and get this moving forward. NO action was taken.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve moving forward with the Racom for the Shared Area Radio Agreement. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #21-67, Vacating Easement on section of County Right-of-Way, established by easement, being a part of the SE SW of Section 23, T84N R9W. Said easement being on the NE corner of the intersection of 32nd Ave and 66th St, described in Vacation Exhibit recorded in Book 21, Page 4128. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adopt Resolution #21-68, Amending Resolution #21-15, Amending policy for COVID related sick leave and FMLA Leave with updated CDC Guidelines and expiring when policy is revoked by the Supervisors . Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Resolution #21-69, Hiring Melissa Carter, as the Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) and enter into an employment contract effective September 1, 2021 with a starting salary of $67,000. Motion carried.
Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.
Tracy Seeman, Chairman
Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor