Minutes - 4/24/2018


The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  Board members present were Ung, De Witt, Taylor, Pottebaum, and Radig.  Staff members present were Dennis Butler, Budget/Tax Analyst, Karen James, Board Administrative Assistant, Melissa Thomas, Human Resources Director, Joshua Widman, Assistant County Attorney, 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.

Elizabeth Rosenbaum, Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Regent, presented a donation of $2,000.00 for a permanent display case for items removed from the cornerstone time capsule originally placed in 1916.

Motion by Taylor second by Radig to receive the donation from the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Radig second by De Witt to approve the agenda for April 24, 2018.  Carried 5-0. Copy filed.

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

To approve minutes of the April 17, 2018 meeting.  Copy filed.

To approve the claims totaling $467,094.45.  Copy filed.

To receive the appointment of Joseph Allen, 617 Wilkens St., Danbury, IA, as a Danbury City Council Member.  The appointment was made on April 10, 2018, to fill the position previously held by Steve Halbur, until the next regular election. Copy Filed.

To approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution setting the public hearing date and sale date of parcel #894729101028, 1621 Villa Ave.



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

The East One-half (E ½) of the vacated North/South alley abutting the South One Hundred Feet (S 100’) of Lot 5 (5), Block Three (3), South Smith’s Villa Addition to Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa

(1621 Villa Ave.)


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 8th Day of May, 2018 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 8th Day of May, 2018, 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 $189.00 plus recording fees.

Dated this 24th Day of April, 2018.


Copy filed.

To approve the transfer of Lisa Robinson, Clerk II, Veteran Affairs Dept., effective 05-01-18, $20.56/hour.  Position Transfer from Wage Plan Clerk II to AFSCME Clerk II.; the reclassification of John Forch, District Foremen, Secondary Roads Dept., effective 05-06-18, $69,846.40/year, 2%=$1,414.40/yr.  Per Wage Plan Matrix, 6 year Salary Increase.; the appointment of Wyatt Fitch, Temporary Engineering Aide, Secondary Roads Dept., effective 05-21-18, $14.00/hour.  Not to exceed 120 days.; and the separation of Dennis Wilson, Jail Sergeant, County Sheriff Dept., effective 05-31-18.  Retirement.  Copy filed.

To approve the de-authorization of Wage Plan Clerk II, Veteran Affairs Dept.  Copy filed.

To approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign the Authorization to initiate the hiring process for Civilian Jailer, County Sheriff Dept.  CWA:  $18.72/hour and AFSCME Clerk II, Veteran Affairs Dept.  AFSCME:  $16.03/hour.  Copy filed.

To approve the Annual Fall Safety and Health/Wellness Fair date and financial impact.  Copy filed.

Carried 5-0.

A Certificate for 4 hours of Paid Time Off was awarded to Bryan Maron.  Copy filed.

Motion by Ung second by Taylor to receive for signatures a Resolution Rededication of the 100th Anniversary Courthouse Cornerstone.  Carried 5-0.



WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors in 1915 chose William L. Steele, an architect of unbridled imagination and a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, to design our Woodbury County Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, with associate architects George Elmslie and William Purcell, William Steele presented the Board with bold and intricate plans for what is now the largest public Prairie School building in the United States, the style garnering its name from long horizontal framing and arrowhead motifs paying homage to the horizons of Midwestern prairies; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors, including Henry Metz, E.C. Copeland, Robert J. Anderson, Edward Cradit, and John F. Lord, unanimously approved the plans, and in 1916 began construction of the $850,000 courthouse which utilized local union workers and Roman-style brick from Sioux City Brick & Tile, and was completed in 1918; and

WHEREAS, the Board in December 30, 1918 adopted a resolution that stated after “the Court House has been completed and occupied with comfort and satisfaction for some months,” the Supervisors extend “sincere thanks and appreciation” to William Steele and noted the work was “efficiently supervised and is of an exceedingly high grade, and the county has received full value, dollar for dollar, for the money invested,” and that today expert assessments place the current value up to $100 million; and

WHEREAS, sculptor Alfonso Iannelli created masterpieces to adorn the courthouse, including the mighty Spirit of the Law, the family unit upon which civil society is built, and a great eagle stretching westward toward the future of America; and

WHEREAS, the murals of John W. Norton sit under the beauty of the rotunda’s elaborate dome, and represent the compassion of justice, the American work ethic, a community’s dream of progress, and the exemplary sacrifice of men and women for the defense of liberty and the protection of freedom during WWI; and       WHEREAS, the building originally a subject of public controversy and skepticism, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, has been a National Historic Landmark since 1996, has been named one of 200 key buildings in the United States by Whitney School of Design in New York City, and today is recognized as a remarkable work of craftsmanship; and

WHEREAS, the Courthouse has, to this day, and we hope for many generations to come, provided essential services and countless noble endeavors for the public good, with restorative efforts pledged to preserve our past while recommitting our promise to future generations; and

WHEREAS, the greatest value of the courthouse is the commitment to excellence, service, justice, and civil society that the people who labor and serve here represent to Woodbury County,   NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA the rededication of the time capsule we have withdrawn and now replace within the cornerstone of this great courthouse, which reminds us to honor truths and traditions needed for the next 100 years, and thus pause for a moment of hallowed reflection with deep appreciation for those who came before us, and who crafted such a building in a spirit of excellence for us to preserve for future generations.

BE IT SO RESOLVED this 24th day of April, 2018.


Copy filed.

A public hearing was held at 4:40 p.m. for the Fiber Lease with Long Lines.

Motion by Ung second by De Witt to close the public hearing.  Carried 5-0. 

Motion by Taylor second by Ung to approve the Fiber Lease with Long Lines.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Ung to approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution setting public hearing for a 3rd Amendment to a current tower lease to New Cingular.  Carried 5-0.



WHEREAS Woodbury County, Iowa is the deed holder to certain radio communications tower sites on the Siouxland Tri-State Radio Communications System (hereinafter referred to as “STARCOMM”); and

WHEREAS New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC. (hereinafter referred to as “New Cingular”) desires to enter a 3rd Amendment to the lease with Woodbury County, Iowa and Starcomm to use the Starcomm radio tower located at 3301 West 19th Street, Sioux City, Iowa.

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 May 8th, 2018 at 4:45 pm in the basement of the   Woodbury County Courthouse.      

2.   That said Board proposes to the 3rd Amendment of a current lease space on the Starcomm system to New Cingular for the remaining second renewal term of five (5) years with the possibility of four (2) additional five (5) year renewal terms.      

3.   That said Board proposes to lease the real estate at a rate to increase $475.00 per month bringing the total monthly rate to $2,977.50 per month for the remaining second renewal term with the amount of the rent increasing by 10% in each of the renewal terms.      

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

Dated this 04-24-18.


Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by Ung to approve the plans for project #L-B(B82)—73-97.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Taylor second by Pottebaum to approve the 2018 revised Woodbury County Dust Control Policy.  Carried 4-1; Radig opposed.   Copy filed.

Motion by De Witt second by Taylor to approve moving forward with the Nature Center HVAC and roof replacement as one project and to fund the project with FY 2018 CIP dollars.  Carried 4-1; Radig opposed.  Copy filed.

Board members gave reports on their committee meetings.

Ashley Johnson, 180th St., and Kie Ahrens asked the Board to clarify Board action on dust control policy.  Dan Peterson of Whiskey Creek Farms addressed the Board to clarify their operations.

Board concerns were heard..

The Board adjourned the regular meeting until May 1, 2018.

Meeting sign in sheet.  Copy filed.

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