September 4, 2018

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

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Resolution #18-47, Variance to Subdivision. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #18-47

Variance to the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance

WHEREAS, Benton County adopted the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance #72; and

WHEREAS, said ordinance prohibits the creation of multiple splits within a 40-acre aliquot part; and

WHEREAS, said ordinance sets forth the minimum requirements and improvements for subdivisions created in the unincorporated area of Benton County; and

WHEREAS, a request has been presented to the Board of Supervisors by Jake Fish to vary the required provisions in Article IV, Sections 4.01 through 4.05; Article V, Sections 5.01 through 5.07; Article VI, 6.2 through 6.03 and 6.05 (f); and Article VII, Section 7.01 of the ordinance to allow for one additional division on a parcel located in the NW ¼ NW ¼ of 23-85-9.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that the requirements of Ordinance #72 are hereby varied as stated for the division of real property located in a parcel within the NW ¼ of NW ¼ in section 23-85-9.

Adopted this 4th day of September, 2018.

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Rick Primmer, Chairman

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Gary Bierschenk

ATTEST:

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Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve the minutes from August 28, 2018. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Resolution #18-48, Abatement of Taxes. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #18-48

WHEREAS, the State of Iowa has acquired property and were given the appropriate notice of the taxes due; and

WHEREAS, these entities failed to pay said tax; and

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 parcels #460-00620, 460-01170, 470-01720, 480-04170, 470-06270, 480-16120 are hereby abated in full pursuant to Iowa Code 445.63. The treasurer is directed to strike the amount due from the county system.

Dated this 4th day of September 2018.

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Rick Primmer, Chairman

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Gary Bierschenk

ATTEST:

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Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve the quote from Welter’s Storage for office furniture at the Benton County Service Center minus the wall panels at this time. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve advertising in the Auditor’s office to hire part-time help. Motion carried.

Auditor Rippel wanted guidance on the upcoming required employee training and scheduling conflicts. She will move forward on setting a time and date with the possible need to close county offices for a few hours on said morning.

Holly Ollinger, resident on 61st St. Drive presented a petition from herself and other residents to request to reduce the speed limit on the set road portion of 61st Street Drive, Vinton. The request is being made for the safety concerns of residents and for a proposed new driveway access to be made. The Engineer spoke up regarding the different criteria on this particular dead-end road. The Iowa Code determines the speed limits on the roads if a sign is not posted. This is a non-posted speed limit area of 55 mph between sunrise and sunset. The request is to reduce and post the speed limit on a set portion of the gravel road of 61st Street Drive to be 40 mph. The board requested the input from the sheriff’s office as well on this matter and did not take any action at this time.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve utility permit for Poweshiek Water Association in Kane Township. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve utility permit for East Central Iowa REC in Taylor Township. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To authorize chair to sign letter of support for historical preservation grant application. Motion carried.

Scott Hansen, Benton County EMA, spoke briefly regarding the Cedar River flood levels. At the current stage, they are predicting we should be okay, but with upcoming forecasts, things could change. He will continue to keep everyone posted, but wanted to make them think about the county transportation building, if things change what they will want to do regarding sandbagging.

Dave Thompson updated the board on the hiring process of a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). The deadline for applications is today, and the next step would be to set up the interview process. The Region has proposed three people to be involved, Thompson would like to recommend one of the board members along with Bethany Wheaton and himself to sit in on the interview process as well.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To appoint Gary Bierschenk, Bethany Wheaton and David Thompson to sit on the interview committee along with the three regional members to hire a LISW for Benton County and the Mental Health Region. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To adjourn.

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Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor