June 5, 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/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes of May 29, 2018. Motion carried.
Dana Burmeister, Transportation director discussed wages of drivers with a D3 license. With just a regular chauffeur license they can’t drive the 3 bigger busses. She feels once they receive their class C passenger endorsement that the wage should be increased from $11/hour to $13.68 an hour.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve hiring of Gwen Vogeler as part-time driver and office help in the Transportation Department for starting wage of $11/an hour effective June 6, 2018, and after obtaining her class C license, the rate will increase to $13.68 an hour. Motion carried.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set the date of Tuesday June 19, 2018 as the time and date for Home Based Iowa Ribbon cutting ceremony from 11a.m. -noon. Motion carried.
Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To approve and renew FY 19 contracts with the following:
-Decategorization Program Administration between the Benton County Board of Supervisors and Benton/Iowa County Decat and Erin Monaghan for decategorization services.
-Community Partnership for Protecting Children Coordination of Services between the Iowa Department of Human Services and Benton County. Motion carried.
Ben Turnis, IT Director for Benton County provided 5 quotes to get internet to the new county purchased building. The options would be to install fiber, or place a wireless link between Sheriff’s office tower and the new county owned building. The board asked him to get more information on the tower heights. No action taken.
Discussion on other issues that need to be addressed at the new building was also had. A work session will be scheduled next week to address them in more detail.
Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To enter into closed session at 10:07 a.m. per Iowa Code 21.5 (c). Motion carried.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To exit closed session at 10: 44a.m. Motion carried.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To direct the County Attorney to investigate the matter discussed in closed session and that all employees cooperate with this. Motion carried.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn first meeting. Motion carried.
Supervisor Primmer called the second meeting to order at 10:45 a.m.
Sherriff Tippett and Shellsburg Mayor, Lonnie Speckner came to discuss the law enforcement contract. Benton County has been covering Shellsburg law enforcement in the short term since the departure of their police chief, and would like to extend it. All cities contracts are up June 30, 2018 for renewal. The county Attorney stressed that it’s a contract in which two sides bargain. It is the sole responsibility of Shellsburg to provide police protection for their citizens, not Benton County’s job. Speckner is pleased with the quality of the Benton County Sheriff’s office and their response time, and said his city can’t come up with a department with the quality that is a one-man service. It puts the person into a position of failure. Thompson asked what the county would do if other cities like Urbana and Belle Plaine were to close their departments. Not fair to the tax payers. Primmer said the contract work needs to be negotiated to come into modern day. Tippett explained the current rate is $23.50 an hour. An average officer salary with benefits and everything is $39.95 an hour, and on top of this are added fuel and vehicle costs. It was agreed the costs will need to be adjusted to be more realistic. During the next year, county could do a cost analysis and take to the city councils for FY2020 contracts, since all have put together their 2019 budget. The board will wait and see what Sheriff will recommend for these communities and what contracted hours would be fair. Reconcile the difference between caseloads as well with each city. The dilemma is not just with the city of Shellsburg, but with every community whom the sheriff’s department contracts with said Wiley. Mayor Speckner agreed why the rates need to increase. Thompson hoped the city would also look into grants available.
Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To adjourn.
Rick Primmer, Chairman
Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor