November 20, 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.

(See a list of claims approved for payment here: Vendor Publication Report-11-27-18)

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes from November 13, 2018 with the exception of removing “no action taken” from when the board entered back into open session at 10:57a.m.. Motion carried.

Agenda item for 9:05a.m. withTracy Bonar was cancelled.

The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Justin Harberts in part of the NW1/4 SE1/4 of 24-85-9. Harberts w)as present, no media and no other members of the public present. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Harberts is acquiring 2 acres for a single family dwelling. CSR is 93 and has not been in production since before the 1980s. That soil type appears as a small area of the parent parcel. The surrounding land is CSR of 29. The site has a new driveway accessing this acreage that was built when the road was regraded. Proper notification was given to adjacent land owners. Hearing no other further comments the public hearing was closed.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the request for the land use change from agricultural to non-agricultural for Justin Harberts in the NW1/4 SE1/4 of 24-85-9. Motion carried.

Bierschenk Moved/Wiley seconded: To approve hiring of Devontez Roberts and Dalton Kramer, as part-time correctional officers in the sheriff’s office at a starting wage of $ 14.47/hour, effective November 20, 2018. Motion carried.

Wiley Moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To conceptually support a Rural Access Center for potential mental health patients, a De-escalation apartment to meet with professionals and local apartment for temporary stays, as well as space at the Benton County Service Center for Mental Health services as well as one Full Time equivalent county employee to be funded by the Mental Health fund.

Wiley Moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adopt Resolution #18-56, Amending Resolution #17-75. Motion carried.





WHEREAS, the Benton County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing cremation service rates through the county general assistance on November 25, 2014; and amended said resolution with resolution #15-90 on December 15, 2015;

WHEREAS, The Board amended said resolution, and adopted resolution #17-75 on November 14, 2017;

WHEREAS, the Board desires to change the rates approved for said services through the repeal of the existing resolutions and the adopting of new rates in lieu thereof,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Resolution #17-75, Benton County General Assistance Establishing Cremation Service Rates, are HEREBY REPEALED in their entirety, effective November 20, 2018,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following cremation service rates are HEREBY ADOPTED effective November 20, 2018.

Cremation Service

Crematory Expense $305.00

Cremation Tray 39.00

Medical Examiners Permit 75.00

Funeral Home Director’s Fee 750.00

Optional Expenses:

Grave Opening @ cost, not to exceed 225.00

(Family must pay opening charges above $225.00)

Minister Stipend (if used) 25.00

Signed this 20th day of November 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman


Todd Wiley


Gary Bierschenk



Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Prior to the meeting, Nancy Jorgensen and Kelly Geater had a conference call pertaining to flex and one pertaining to Partial Self -Funding. They are recommending that the county switch and go with Secure Benefits to handle the county partial Self-Funding and TASC to be the new carrier for flex spending. Both firms are very user friendly and are a cost savings to the county. Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To utilize Secure Benefits and TASC effective as our Partial Self Funding and flex care providers effective 1-1-2019. Motion carried.

Bierschenk motioned/Wiley seconded: To approve the Engineer to make a $500 deposit for a Freightliner to be approved for purchase.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To suspend taxes on parcel #482426505 per Iowa Code 427.9. Motion carried.

Wiley Moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #18-57, Tax Abatement. Motion carried.


WHEREAS, Benton County has acquired property and were given the appropriate notice of the taxes due; and

WHEREAS, Benton County paid the pro-rated amount off the closing statement of the real estate purchase; and

WHEREAS, Total taxes due were $6,994.00 a year, the closing costs covered $6,740.60;

WHEREAS, Iowa Code 445.63 provides that the board of supervisors shall abate the tax if the governing body fails to immediately pay the tax,

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the 2017 tax assessed against parcel #240-88600 is hereby partially abated pursuant to Iowa Code 445.63. The treasurer is directed to strike the amount of $253.40 due from the county system.

Dated this 20th day of November 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman


Todd Wiley


Gary Bierschenk



Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

No quotes have been received in the Auditor’s office for snow removal of various Benton county property locations. It has not been advertised at this point, just word of mouth. It was discussed that it should be advertised for the public to be aware of the opportunity. An ad will be placed for snow removal of sidewalks/parking areas for the 3 service centers and to contact Rick Primmer.

Wiley Moved/Bierschenk seconded: To acknowledge the post –election Audit certification of Benton-Canton-Shellsburg precinct. Motion carried.


The Food Pantry has changed their mind on what walls need to be changed at the Benton County Service Center. Primmer will meet with them on Friday to go over these changes.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To adjourn.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Nancy Jorgensen, Deputy Benton County Auditor