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2022-01-11 Board of Supervisors Meeting

JANUARY 11, 2022, SECOND MEETING OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 

The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  Board members present were Taylor, Ung, De Witt (by phone), Radig, and Wright.  Staff members present were Karen James, Board Administrative Assistant, Dennis Butler, Budget Tax/Analyst, Joshua Widman, Assistant County Attorney, Melissa Thomas, Human Services Director, and Patrick Gill, Auditor/Clerk to the Board.

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

Under citizen concerns, Maria Rundquist, Sioux City, addressed concerns about a proposed pipeline and the use of Covid Recovery funds for the construction of a jail.  Carole Hennings, Moville, addressed the Board with a concern about a proposed pipeline.  By Phone, David Bushaw addressed the Board about the use of Covid Recovery funds for the construction of the jail.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to approve the agenda for January 11, 2022. Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to approve the following items by consent:

To approve minutes of the January 3, 2022 meeting.  Copy filed

To approve the claims totaling $758,997.02.  Copy filed.

To approve the lifting of tax suspensions for petitioners who failed to re-certify their income or income does not qualify for continued tax suspension.  Copy filed.

To approve the reappointment of Patrick Curry to the Commission to Assess Damages – Category D – Persons Having Knowledge of Property Values in the County by Reason of their Occupation.  Copy filed.

To receive for signatures a Resolution Thanking and Commending Christine Garthright-Chwirka for her years of service to Woodbury County.

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #13,378

A RESOLUTION THANKING AND COMMENDING

CHRISTINE GARTHRIGHT-CHWIRKA

FOR HER SERVICE TO WOODBURY COUNTY

WHEREAS, Christine Garthright-Chwirka has capably served Woodbury County as an employee of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years from July 3, 1994 to February 11, 2022.

WHEREAS, the service given by Christine Garthright-Chwirka as a Woodbury County employee, has been characterized by her dedication to the best interests of the citizens of Woodbury County; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA that the undersigned members of this Board thanks and commends Christine Garthright-Chwirka for her years of service to Woodbury County; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the wish of all those signing below that the future hold only the best for this very deserving person, Christine Garthright-Chwirka.

BE IT SO RESOLVED this 11th day of January 2022.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

To receive for signatures a Resolution Thanking and Commending Debra Heath for her years of service to Woodbury County.

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #13,379

A RESOLUTION THANKING AND COMMENDING

DEBRA HEATH

FOR HER SERVICE TO WOODBURY COUNTY

WHEREAS, Debra Heath has capably served Woodbury County as an employee of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years from November 26, 2001 to January 30, 2022.

WHEREAS, the service given by Debra Heath as a Woodbury County employee, has been characterized by her dedication to the best interests of the citizens of Woodbury County; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA that the undersigned members of this Board thanks and commends Debra Heath for her years of service to Woodbury County; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the wish of all those signing below that the future hold only the best for this very deserving person, Debra Heath

BE IT SO RESOLVED this 11th day of January 2022.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

To approve the items to be auctioned per Personal Property Disposition Policy.  Copy filed.

To approve the other of Keith Radig, Board Chairperson, Board of Supervisors Dept., effective 01-03-22, $44,100.02/year. From Board Member to Board Chairperson.; the other of Rocky De Witt, Board Member, Board of Supervisors Dept., effective 01-03-22, $37,040.71/year.  From Board Chairperson to Board Member.; the end of probation of Randy Smith, Motor Grader Operator, Secondary Roads Dept., effective 01-10-22, $25.61/hour, 3%=$.76/hr.  Per CWA Secondary Roads Contract agreement, End of Probation Salary Increase.; the other of Timothy Cowles, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $20.60/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Daven Dekok, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $18.60/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Rocky De Witt, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $22.80/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Wendy Erickson, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $22.80/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Marcello Greco, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $22.80/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Robert Grimm, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $20.60/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Brent Jensen, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $20.60/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; the other of Michael Murray, P/T Courthouse Safety & Security Officer County Sheriff Dept., effective 01-10-22, $18.60/hour, 0%.  Change to .25 FTE for Budgeting Purposes.; and the appointment of Jon Mouw, Maintenance Technician, Building Services Dept., effective 01-12-22, $21.18/hour.  Job Vacancy Posted 09-08-21.  Entry Level Salary:  $19.54-$21.18/hour.  Copy filed.

To receive the Auditor’s Quarterly report for October 1, 2021 thru December 31, 2021.  Copy filed.

To approve the appointment of Tom Limoges, 2879 Grace Ct., Sioux City, to the Conservation Board.  Copy filed.

To receive the Juvenile Detention’s December Population report.  Copy filed.

To approve a letter of support for the City of Sioux city Wastewater Treatment Facility’s application for Water Infrastructure Fund Grant funding.  Copy filed.

Carried 5-0.

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

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #13,380

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS,    the United States was founded upon the principle that all people are created with 

the inalienable 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, 2022 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 Ung second by Taylor to postpone action to receive for signatures an Ordinance Relating to the Assessment of Wind Energy Conversion Property as Authorized by Iowa Code Chapter 427B.26.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to receive for signatures a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board in opposition to carbon pipelines.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Jim Colyer, Sergeant Bluff, Gayle Palmquist, Lawton and Jon Oehlerking, Sergeant Bluff spoke in support of the letter.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to separate consideration of Board of Supervisors compensation recommendation of the compensation board.  Carried 3-2; De Witt and Ung opposed.  Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to reduce the supervisor compensation recommendation to 0% increase for FY23.  Carried 3-2; De Witt and Ung opposed.  Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to direct Human Resources Department to study pay differential for deployed military members and come back with a proposal.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Supervisor De Witt left the meeting.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the Conservation Administration budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Wright to receive the Conservation Parks budget reduced by $69,753.00.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to receive the Conservation Naturalist budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the Conservation Nature Center budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the Conservation REAP budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the Conservation Nature Center budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the Conservation Reserve budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the County Auditor Recorder budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the County Auditor Recorder Recorders Management budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Wright to receive the County Auditor budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the County Auditor Elections Administration budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Radig second by Taylor to receive the County Auditor General Election budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Ung second by Taylor to receive the Emergency Services budget reduced by $88,740.00.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the Emergency Services Animal Control budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Wright to receive the Emergency Services Paramedic Services budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Wright second by Taylor to receive the Emergency Services EMS Training budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

There was no further action taken in regard to the County Supervisors Medical Examiner budget.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the County Treasurer Motor Vehicle budget as submitted.  Carried. 4-0.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the County Treasurer Tax Department budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

Motion by Wright second by Radig to receive the Civil Service budget as submitted.  Carried 4-0.

The Board heard reports on committee meetings.

There were no citizen concerns.

Board concerns were heard.

The Board adjourned the regular meeting until January 18, 2022.

Meeting sign in sheet.  Copy filed