July 3, 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.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To approve the minutes of June 26, 2018 and June 28, 2018. Motion carried.

Gary and Julia Rocarek visited the board briefly to discuss their concern of not finding any handicapped parking areas or signs for the county fairgrounds grandstand events. Rocarek already visited with a fair board member about this during the fair held last week. Supervisor Primmer said he would check into it.

Wiley moved/BIerschenk seconded: To authorize chair to sign lease termination with Agren software, regarding the Middle Cedar Watershed, and Benton County will receive a refund for the remainder left in agreement. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve and authorize chair to sign the renewal quote for flood insurance policy with Gallagher on the Benton County Law Enforcement Center. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve handwritten claim number 227831 for $9,669.38 for the down-payment to RCTech so that the wiring can start taking place at the Benton County Service Center. Motion carried.

A lease agreement was discussed with the Sixth Judicial District. They are currently leasing and paying rent to Elwick. It was pointed out the county does not have to provide space for the judicial district but always have in the past. When they were across the street from the courthouse, they only paid for their utilities.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To allow the Sixth Judicial District to remain in current office at the newly purchased county building, with no lease payment, but a percentage of the utilities and other services will be billed to them accordingly. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To enter into a lease agreement with Michael and Cynthia Elwick for office space located at 303 1st Ave. Vinton, Iowa, commencing on July 17, 2018 and ending August 16, 2018. Motion carried.

Other details regarding the move were addressed along with setting an established closing date of July 17, 2018.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve utility permit for Interstate Power & Light to bore under the road in Leroy Township North of Blairstown. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve utility permit for MidAmerican Energy in Florence Township to place fiber between sub stations. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: Approve utility permit for Windstream Iowa Communications in Iowa Township East of Belle Plaine. Motion carried.

The engineer stated that four bids were received for the bridge replacement project on 62nd St. in Benton Township. The bids were as follows:

Taylor Construction., Inc. $328,868.10

Peterson Contractors, Inc. $367,035.98

Iowa Bridge & Culvert, LC $381,138.29

Boulder Contracting, LLC. $400,458.00

The engineer recommended that the board award the bid to the apparent low bidder: Taylor Construction Inc. Moved by Bierschenk seconded by Wiley, to award the bid for the Bridge Replacement Project BROS-CO06(106)—8J-06 to Taylor Construction Inc. in the amount of $328,868.10. Motion carried.

Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #18-38, Salary and Job Title Change for Alisha Burmeister. Motion carried.



WHEREAS: The Benton County Secondary Roads Department had the office manager, Penny Applegarth retired the end of June 2018; and

WHEREAS: This office manager position needs to be filled; and

WHEREAS: Alisha Burmeister is recommended and deserving of this promotion; and

WHEREAS: This position warrants a salary comparable with those positions within other counties,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Alisha Burmeister be the office manager of Benton County Secondary Roads at a salary of $39,000 per year effective July 2, 2018.

Dated 3rd day of July, 2018.


Rick Primmer, Chairman


Todd Wiley


Gary Bierschenk



Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Dust control issues were discussed, particularly regarding a property owner who is applying his own dust control without obtaining a permit. What was applied in this particular case is causing splatter on vehicles and creating traffic hazards. The Engineer was advised to present the property owner with a copy of the Iowa code sections in regards to the situation. Chapter 657.3(Nuisances), and Chapter 318 (obstructions in HWY right of ways). This matter could amount to an aggravated misdemeanor in enforcing the dust control law.

Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To adjourn.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor