March 27, 2018

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

Wiley moved/Primmer seconded: To approve both sets of the minutes of March 20, 2018. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 226663 through 226771, payroll checks numbered 139974 through 14004, and ACH deposits numbered 33822 through 33956 vendor checks numbered 226656 through 226662. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint the Assessor or designee to the County Facility Security Committee. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint Tami Timm, Dave Wessling and Brian Bierschenk as members to the Eminent Domain. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: Set public hearing date of Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to amend the FY 18 Budget. Motion carried.

Abby Michael and Kiandra Benson of Riverview Center presented a proclamation to the Board to sign. Riverview Center were here earlier in the year and this will be the first year the Board provided some funding to the service. They currently serve three counties: Linn, Benton and Jones. There is also a 24/7 crisis response available. Jerry Michael spoke up and said this is a new venture for Benton County law enforcement. Riverview center helps with the most difficult investigations possible. The response team consists of local law, local hospitals and clinics along with the county attorney’s office but what would be most beneficial is if the local hospital could have a SANE nurse on staff. Having a nurse certified in sexual abuse would really speed up the process and benefit the victims. There was a roomful of those showing support of the proclamation; Sheriff, Deputy Mark Johnson, Vinton Police Chief and Officer Alex Reinert, Urbana Police and also Benton County Detective Jerry Michael.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To authorize the chair to sign the Proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Motion carried.


Whereas; sexual assault affects women, children and men of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds; and

Whereas; in addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs, sexual assault may also have associated consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression, homelessness, eating disorders and suicide; and

Whereas; sexual assault can be devastating not only to the survivor, but also for the family and friends of the survivor; and

Whereas; since no one person, organization, agency or community can eliminate sexual assault on their own, We must work together to educate our entire population about what can be done to prevent sexual assault, support victims/survivors and their significant others and support those agencies providing services to victims/survivors.

Now, therefore be it resolved, by the Benton County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all the staff and citizens of Benton County that the Month of April 2018 is hereby proclaimed as:


In Benton County and encourages all citizens of the county to learn more about preventing sexual violence.

Passed this 27th day of March, 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

Moved/seconded to Approve Resolution #18-18, Changing Employment Status. Motion carried.



WHEREAS, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has posted positions for a full-time courthouse security officer; and

WHEREAS, Stallman has been employed part-time by Benton County since August of 2005 and has the required state certifications and training; and

WHEREAS, the Sheriff recommended that Stallman have his employment status be changed from part-time to full-time and waive the 120 day probation period.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Richard Stallman is changed to full-time security officer in the Sheriff’s Department, effective April 2, 2018 with a continuing wage at $25.64 an hour and his employment benefits will be awarded per union contract.

Dated this 27th day of March, 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman


Todd Wiley


Gary Bierschenk



Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Janssen Waterproofing came to discuss waterproofing and tuck-pointing needs of the courthouse along with Rick Bramow, Maintenance Supervisors. Randy Janssen provided pictures of Benton County’s courthouse along with other counties for comparison. He went over various treatment options, but agreed the condition of the courthouse was not by any means in a critical state. The Board agreed they would need an RFP, and this would be a possible project to be addressed later. There was some money put into FY 19 Budget for some repair work that is needed to the courthouse along with the Law Enforcement Center.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve and sign plans for RCB Culvert Replacement Project on 75th Street in Florence Township: BROS-CO06(98)—8J-06. Motion carried.

The County Attorney did not have the lease agreement ready for the old DHS building tenants but thought next week it would be feasible.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To enter into closed session at 10:50 a.m. per Iowa Code 21.5(1)j. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/ Wiley seconded: To return to open session at 11:30 a.m. Motion carried.

Supervisor Bierschenk provided the update of his recent trip to Washington D.C. with other Iowa County Supervisors to attend a conference. It was cut short due to the weather.

Auditor Rippel reported about the recent Heartland Insurance Risk meeting she attended.

Supervisor Wiley gave a brief update of his time spent at the Regional ASAC board meetings.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor