December 26, 2018

The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Wiley and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes from December 18, 2018 and December 19, 2018. Motion carried.

Discussion continued about the county credit card policy. The bank would need formal action to give additional departments separate cards. The board reviewed the handbook policy section 6.9 and it clearly covers what all needs to be followed. Each employee will be held accountable for not turning in invoices and incurring interest charges as stated in said policy.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To issue separate credit cards to departments including: Sheriff, Assessor, Secondary Roads, Conservation, Treasurer, Recorder, Auditor, IT, Veterans Affairs and Social Services that will be governed by the rules of the employee handbook section 6.9, page 37. Employees will acknowledge said agreement by signing off on that portion of the handbook again, before credit cards are disbursed. Motion carried.

Bids were received for snow removal for the Benton County Service Center, Sheriff and Transportation areas as follows:

-Doug Schrader-$30 a snowfall, only can do the sidewalks

-Terry Marter Construction-itemized it out by the amount of snow fall:

1”to 5” snow-Benton County Service Center-$180 for walks and sidewalks, lot $80.00, Transportation Bldg-$80.00, alley and other office areas-$200.00

5” or more- Service Center walks and doorways-$240.00 and lot-$120.00, Transportation Area-$100.00, Sheriff and other areas-$200.00

The board called Marter, for some clarification on the bid for a few things.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the bid for snow removal from Terry Marter Construction effective December 26, 2018. Motion carried.

Discussion was had on the severance of territory with the City of Norway. The county attorney was going to research this. No action was taken.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve employee status change for Hanna Hoffa from full-time communication specialist in the Sheriff’s department to part-time effective today, with her wage to stay the same. Motion carried.

Brett Schilling, first assistant to the county attorney, handed out a proposed contract change. His original contract expires December 31, 2018. The new contract would give up to 4 weeks paid vacation effective July 1, 2019.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve employment agreement between Benton County, Iowa and Attorney Brett Schilling in the county attorney’s office starting on January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022 with verification of a signed employee handbook acknowledgement. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #18-61, Employee Wage and Classification change. Motion carried.


WHEREAS: Benton County Secondary Road Department has a position to fill of an Equipment Operator II (maintainer operator) at the Van Horne shed, and

WHEREAS: Applications have been accepted for this position, and

WHEREAS: The applications have been narrowed to one.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED By the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Jeff Bahr be transferred to the position of Equipment Operator II (maintainer operator) with a Labor Grade Classification of IVD. The base wage will be $21.61. The effective date will be December 24, 2018.

Signed this 26th day of December 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman


Todd Wiley


Gary Bierschenk



Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

The Engineer stated that three bids were received for the bridge replacement project BROS-SWAP-CO06(112)—SE-06 on 51st St Drive. The bids were as follows:

Taylor Construction., Inc. $470,974.45

Peterson Contractors, Inc. $619,269.99

Iowa Bridge & Culvert, LC $732,746.90

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To award the bid for the Bridge Replacement Project BROS-CO06(106)—8J-06 to Taylor Construction Inc. in the amount of $470,974.45 and authorize the Engineer to notify the DOT and move forward with the contracts. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payroll checks numbered 140463 through 140475, ACH deposits numbered 36632 through 36774, claims numbered 229718-229859, vendor checks numbered 229860-229866. Motion carried.

Chairman Primmer wanted to publicly thank Supervisor Wiley for the guidance given to him and Supervisor Bierschenk over the past 2 years. He will be missed.

Wiley moved/Wiley seconded: To adjourn.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor