Wayne County Board of Supervisors
October 21, 2019
A meeting of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors was held on the 21st day of October, 2019, in the Board Room of the Wayne County Courthouse, Corydon, Iowa, pursuant to notice duly given in compliance with Iowa Code Section 21.4. The Board noted due notice of meeting subject to said Code Section.
Present were David Dotts, Tom Swearingin, and Don Seams members of the Board of Supervisors.
Unless otherwise noted, all motions were approved unanimously.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Swearingin adopted the agenda with a second by Seams.
Seams approved the minutes from the Oct. 7, 2019 meeting with a second by Swearingin.
Swearingin approved the claims with a second by Seams.
Seams approved payroll with a second by Swearingin.
Swearingin made a motion at 9:10 AM with a second by Seams to go to into closed session according to 21.5(i) – Employee Performance Review. Seams made the motion to return to open session with a second by Swearingin. After returning to open session, no action was taken.
Randy Zerr, County Engineer, and Dan Carpenter gave updates on secondary roads. The two discussed the FEMA process and changes with Medicine Creek and 1 culvert due to receiving funds as Farm to Market roads. Zerr reminded the Board that the County must pay for the repairs and it could be a while before the County is reimbursed. FEMA will be back this week to look at 2 low water crossings on Cedar. Work has started on getting trucks ready for snow removal. Work is continuing on 180th. Zerr presented the 2019 Weed Commissioner’s Report. Jesse Woollis has been the weed commissioner and Greg Fortune will replace him in that position. Swearingin made the motion with a second by Seams to appoint Greg Fortune as Weed Commissioner effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Truett Pershy and Heath Hockenberry were present to discuss EMC Insurance and the possibility of the County letting them quote for insurance. Pershy stated that the request for a quote must be in this week.
Kim Swearingin, Treasurer, asked the Board to suspend taxes on a property in Seymour. Treasurer Swearingin has encouraged the property owner to sign up for available credits. Swearingin made the motion with a second by Seams to suspend taxes in the amount of $1314 + a $10 penalty for Parcel 12140G458001 for 2018 taxes payable in 2020.
Jesse and Diane Ross discussed with the Board the possibility of putting a 1000 yd. gun range in Wayne County. If land is purchased, the private range would be located approximately 8 miles south of Allerton. No action was needed by the Board.
David Rhodes was present for the 1st Reading of the Wayne County Nuisance Abatement Ordinance. The 2nd and 3rd readings will be Nov. 4th and Nov. 18th. Copies are available at the Auditor’s Office.
Seams made a motion with a 2nd by Swearingin to approve the annual cash financial report. Michelle Dooley, Auditor, stated that the report will be available on the Dept. of Management website.
Swearingin made the motion with a 2nd by Seams to approve Resolution 20-17 for the SEP (Supplemental Environmental Projects) Fund.
The following monthly reports were approved with a motion from Swearingin and a 2nd by Seams: Recorder – Sept. deposits of $4782.45 and quarterly deposits of $13,689.05, Sheriff – Deposits of $28,759.15, and Clerk of Court – Deposits of $469.10.
Dotts made the motion with a 2nd by Swearingin to designate Don Seams as the Official Supervisor for Iowa Workforce Development.
Supervisors’ meetings attended: Swearingin – Conservation meeting – Bathroom at Bob White completed and playground is almost done at Humeston Park and attended Healthy Hometown meeting which had a good turnout. Dotts attended the VA Commissioners meeting – Very informative with FMLA information. Seams attended Iowa Workforce Development with only 15 of the 25 counties represented. He also wants to be on the committee on aging stating that is the county taking care of county people.
Under public comments Rhonda Bennett questioned why her newspaper had not been notified of the $62,000 that had been stolen from the WRD Landfill. Dave Dotts who is on that board stated that information could not be released until the investigation had been completed. The theft took place in Decatur Co. and the Ringgold Co. Auditor is the fiscal agent. Bennett wanted to know if charges were going to be filed. Also under public comments Jack Reed discussed ICAP vs EMC insurance.
Seams made the motion to adjourn the meeting with a second by Swearingin at 11:10 AM.
There being no further business, the next meeting of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors will be held on the 4th day of November 2019.
David Dotts, Chairperson Denise Becker, Secretary