Board Meetings

2020-01-14 Board of Supervisors Meeting

JANUARY 14, 2020, THIRD MEETING OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  Board members present were Ung, De Witt, Radig, Taylor, and Pottebaum.  Staff members present were Karen James, Board Administrative Assistant, Joshua Widman, Assistant County Attorney, Melissa Thomas, Human Resources Director, Dennis Butler, Budget/Tax Analyst, and Patrick Gill, Auditor/Clerk to the Board.      

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to go into closed session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c).  Carried 5-0 on roll-call vote.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to go out of closed session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c).  Carried 5-0 on roll-call vote.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to go into closed session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c).  Carried 5-0 on roll-call vote.

Motion by Pottebaum second by De Witt to go out of closed session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c).  Carried 5-0 on roll-call vote.

The regular meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and a Moment of Silence.

There were no citizen concerns.

Motion by Ung second by Taylor to approve the agenda for January 14, 2020.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to approve the following items by consent:

To approve minutes of the January 7, 2020 meeting.  Copy filed.

To approve the claims totaling $338,839.38.  Copy filed.

To approve Chairman’s 2020 liaison and committee assignments.  Copy filed.

To approve special purpose committees:

1. Policy Review committee

2. Health and Wellness committee

3. Woodbury County Courthouse Advisory committee for Historical Preservation

Copy filed.

To approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution approving petition for suspension of taxes for Brenda Wheelen, 520 Ascot St., Sioux City, IA, parcel #894825205010.

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #12,945

RESOLUTION APPROVING PETITION FOR SUSPENSION OF TAXES

WHEREAS, Brenda Wheelen, is the titleholder of property located at 520 Ascot St., Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, and legally described as follows:          

Parcel #894825205010

WOODBURY HEIGHTS LOT 47

WHEREAS, Brenda Wheelen is the titleholder of the aforementioned property have petitioned the Board of Supervisors for a suspension of taxes pursuant to the 2017 Iowa Code section 427.9, and 

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors recognizes from documents provided that the petitioner is unable to provide to the public revenue; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors hereby grants the request for a suspension of taxes, and hereby directs the Woodbury County Treasurer to so record the approval of this tax suspension for this property.

SO RESOLVED this 14th day of January, 2020. 

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

To approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution setting the public hearing and sale date of parcel #894719453003, 2115 W. 17th St., Sioux City, IA. 

RESOLUTION #12,946

NOTICE OF PROPERTY SALE

WHEREAS Woodbury County, Iowa was the owner under a tax deed of a certain parcel of real estate described as:

Lot Eleven (11) in Block Ten (10) of the Levitt Heights Addition, City of Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa

(2115 W. 17th Street)

NOW THEREFORE,  

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Woodbury County, Iowa as follows:

1.   That a public hearing on the aforesaid proposal shall be held on the 28th Day of January, 2020 at 4:35 o’clock p.m. in the basement of the Woodbury County Courthouse.      

2.   That said Board proposes to sell the said parcel of real estate at a public auction to be held on the 28th Day of January, 2020, immediately following the closing of the public hearing.      

3.   That said Board proposes to sell the said real estate to the highest bidder at or above a total minimum bid of $346.00 plus recording fees.      

4.  That this resolution, preceded by the caption "Notice of Property Sale" and except for this subparagraph 4 be published as notice of the aforesaid proposal, hearing and sale.  

Dated this 14th Day of January, 2020.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS  

Copy filed.

To approve the Appointment of Trevor Brass, P/T Asst. County Attorney, County Attorney Dept., effective 01-15-20, $28.78/hour.  Job Vacancy Posted 1-23-19.  Entry Level Salary:  $28.78/hour.; and the appointment of Joshua Taylor, Civilian Jailer, County Sheriff Dept., effective 02-03-20, $19.86/hour.  Job Vacancy Posted 11-20-19.  Entry Level Salary:  $19.86/hour.   Copy filed.

To Approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign the Authorization to initiate the hiring process for Safety/Risk Coordinator, Human Resources Dept.  Wage Plan:  $21.21/hour.  Copy filed.

Presentation of Award Certificate to Dawn Norton.  Copy filed.

To reappoint Barbara Parker to the Zoning Commission for a 5-year term.  Copy filed.

To appoint Ashley Christensen to the Board of Adjustment for a 5-year term.  Copy filed.

Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive for signatures a Resolution of proclamation for “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month”.  Carried 5-0.

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #12,947

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS,    the United States was founded upon the principle that all people are created with the unalienable right to freedom, and added the 13th amendment to the Constitution making slavery illegal; and  

WHEREAS,    slavery within the United States today is most often found in the form of forced labor and sex trafficking, which weakens our social fabric, increases violence and organized crime, and debases our humanity; and  

WHEREAS,      this problem is found even within our community; and  

WHEREAS,    every business, community organization, faith community, family and individual can make a difference by choosing products that are not made by forced labor; by working to protect our young people from sexual exploitation; by addressing the problems of internet sex trafficking and pornography; and by becoming more aware of the problem and possible solutions.    

NOW, THEREFORE, Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim the month of January, 2020 as   “SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH” in Woodbury County, Iowa and urge all citizens to become more familiar with the problem and to work towards solutions.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to approve the contract with Bureau of Indian Affairs to use bed space for calendar year 2020.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by De Witt second by Radig to receive the Juvenile Detention Center monthly resident report.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the contract and bond with Knife River Corporation for the D38 HMA Resurfacing project for $1,991,352.65 and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution for electronic signature.  Carried 5-0. 

DESIGNATION AND AUTHORIZATION FOR ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION #12,948  

WHEREAS: The Board of Supervisors has approved the contracts and bonds and is directing the County Engineer to electronically sign the contracts and bonds for the following project:

FM-CO97(136)—55-97 HMA Resurfacing on D38 from Bronson to Moville Blacktop

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors have approved contracts and bonds and that the County Engineer is directed to electronically sign the contracts and bonds for the above captioned project.

Passed and approved this 14th day of January, 2020.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

Motion by Pottebaum second by Radig to approve the contract for the removal of structure L-92-3 with Holly Brown Construction.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to approve the contract for the removal of structure H-264 with Holly Brown Construction.   Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution to pass Woodbury County Taxpayer Protection.  Carried 4-1; De Witt opposed.

RESOLUTION

OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #12,949

WHEREAS, Woodbury County is proposing to construct a new Law Enforcement Center in Woodbury County in the interest of public safety and expansion of capacity; and  

WHEREAS, to lessen the tax burden for the construction of a new LEC facility to increase capacity, efficiency and improved public safety; and

WHEREAS, unallocated gaming revenue would be utilized to supplement debt service for the G.O. Bond payments for the construction of the LEC; and

WHEREAS, to utilize gaming revenues currently allocated for the Sheriff’s Training Center upon completion of the training center lease payments; and

WHEREAS, as current debt is paid off, keep the levy rate the same and apply taxes generated to be applied to the LEC G.O. Bond payments; and

WHEREAS, holding County CIP projects to an aggregate of $400,000 per fiscal year, excluding Secondary Road projects; and

WHEREAS, income derived from jail revenues such as telephone commissions, work release, electronic monitoring and room & board, all in the General Basic Fund to be dedicated to the LEC G.O. Bond debt payments; and

WHEREAS, all federal prisoner revenues would be dedicated to the LEC G.O. Bond debt payment reduction; and

WHEREAS, understanding this resolution cannot legally bind a future board, the current board embraces this resolution as guiding policy and asks the electorate to hold public officials accountable for exercising the restraint that comes with limited government; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors sets a guideline that in FY21 and beyond, revenues be dedicated to property tax relief for the debt payments for construction of the new Law Enforcement Center, thus offsetting the related tax burden.

SO DATED this 14th day of January, 2020.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution of concurrence to Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center authority’s resolution calling a special county election.  Carried 4-1; Taylor opposed.

RESOLUTION OF CONCURRENCE TO WOODBURY

COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AUTHORITY’S

RESOLUTION CALLING A SPECIAL COUNTY ELECTION

RESOLUTION #12,950

WHEREAS, Woodbury County, State of Iowa (the “County”), is a political subdivision, organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws and Constitution of the State of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, the County and the City of Sioux City, Iowa (the “City”) have established a Joint County and City Building Authority pursuant to Iowa Code Section 346.27 (the “Authority”) for the purposes of building and financing a new law enforcement center for joint use by the City and County; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Iowa Code Section 346.27, the County and the City are the incorporating units of the Authority; and

WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 346.27 provides that after the incorporation of an authority, and before the sale of any issue of revenue bonds, the authority shall submit to the voters the question of whether the authority shall issue and sell revenue bonds; and

WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 346.27 further provides that the Authority shall call the election with the concurrence of both incorporating units; and

WHEREAS, the Authority has adopted a Resolution Calling a Special County Election which is expected to be submitted to the Commissioner of Elections asking the voters whether the authority shall issue and sell revenue bonds; and

WHEREAS, the following action is now considered to be in the best interests of the County and residents thereof.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, STATE OF IOWA:

That the form and content of the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Authority’s Resolution Calling a Special County Election, which is incorporated herein by reference, be and the same hereby is in all respects authorized, approved, confirmed, and concurred in, on behalf of the County in substantially the form and content now before this meeting, but with such changes, modifications, additions or deletions therein as shall be approved by the Authority, and that hereafter the Authority is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to do all such acts and things and to execute all such documents as may be necessary to carry out and comply with the provisions of Iowa Code Section 346.27 with respect to calling the election to issue and sell revenue bonds.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of January, 2020.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

Information was presented by Ernie Colt, Labor leader, urging commitment to working with legitimate contractors on projects where all employees will be protected.  Copy filed.

The Board discussed the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center project, potential public referendum, and the duties of the Intergovernmental Authority with Kenny Schmitz, Building Services Director.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive letters of support for the jail construction project.  Carried 5-0.  Copies filed.

James Hopkins, 4484 Singing Hills Blvd., Sioux City, discussed the project with the Board.

The Board heard reports on committee meetings.

There were no citizen concerns.

Board concerns were heard.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the County Library budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the County Attorney Jury & Witness Fees budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the County Attorney Forfeiture budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.   M

otion by Radig second by Ung to receive the County Attorney Fine Collections budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to receive the Conservation Nature Center budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Pottebaum to receive the Conservation REAP budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to receive the Conservation Reserve budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to receive the Department of Human Services budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the Auditor Election General Primary Election, General Election, School Election, City General Election, and City Primary Election, budgets as submitted.  Carried 5-0.  

Motion by Radig second by Ung to receive the Emergency Services – Animal Control budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to receive the Building Services Tri-View Courthouse budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Pottebaum to postpone the Building Services Prairie Hills Facility budget as submitted.  Carried   5-0.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to receive the Building Services District Health Building budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the Building Services Prairie Hills Facility budget as submitted.   Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to postpone the Building Services Trosper Hoyt Facility budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung  second by Radig to receive the Building Services Anthon Courthouse budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to receive the Sheriff Commissary budget as submitted.   Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the Sheriff Prisoner Room & Board budget as submitted.   Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the Sheriff Forfeiture budget as submitted.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Ung second by Radig to receive the Juvenile Detention Youth Guidance Services budget ass submitted.  Carried 5-0.

The Board adjourned the regular meeting until January 21, 2020.

Meeting sign in sheet.  Copy filed.