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Board Minutes – August 16, 2021

The Adams County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 9:00 am with the following members present: Bobbi Maynes, Leland Shipley, Merlin Dixon, and Scott Akin. Doug Birt was absent. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Maynes and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Dixon moved, seconded by Akin to approve today’s agenda along with the minutes from August 9 and August 11, 2021.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

Shipley moved, seconded by Dixon to approve the Utility Permit #21-09 for Mortenson Construction on the Rolling Hills wind project. All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

County Engineer Travis Malone gave an update on his department. AM Cohron’s subcontractor is to mobilize on Tuesday and begin work on the bridge approaches of the 180th Street bridge replacement. TEK Builders is doing pavement patching on 180th and 190th Streets to prepare for opening the bridge next month. They are trying to schedule rental of the shouldering machine in two weeks so new rock can be placed on top of the reclaimed shoulders.

Kevin Provost was hired on the new Part-time Veterans Affairs Director for Adams County. He is also currently serving as the Part-time VA Director in Union County. His office hours will be Monday afternoons 12:30-4:30, and Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-4:30. Provost presented a GDX report that shows the number of veterans in Adams County and also shows the compensation and pensions. The information in the report details why Adams County needs a strong outreach program for veterans. Provost explained he has to be certified in order to pay out veteran claims and he plans to stay up-to-date on his continuing education so he will be attending upcoming schools. Provost also shared his plans for Veteran’s outreach in the county and will be updating the board quarterly on what is going on with Veterans Affairs office.      

Akin moved, seconded by Shipley to approval the burial assistance request.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

Dixon moved, seconded by Shipley to approve Resolution 2021-21 modifying the accrual period.

Resolution 2021-21

COUNTY OF ADAMS TO MODIFY COUNTING ACCRUAL PERIOD

WHEREAS, the County of Adams desires to modify the accrual period for County financial affairs; and

 WHEREAS, the County desires that said accrual period be shortened to a 60-day period; and

WHEREAS, the present accrual period is 90 days; and

WHEREAS, the modification of the accrual period to a shorter cycle would create a more efficient system.

 NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNTY OF ADAMS AGREES AS FOLLOWS:

ON THE MOTION OF Supervisor Dixon seconded by Supervisor Shipley the foregoing resolution was duly passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Adams, State of Iowa, this 16th day August  2021. 

This resolution and vote are done in accordance Iowa Code. 

That the above resolution was moved by Supervisor Dixon, seconded by Supervisor Shipley and upon vote the following individuals voted as follows:

Ayes:  Shipley, Dixon, Maynes, Akin.  Nays:  None.  Absent: Birt

Whereupon the Chairman, Bobbi Maynes declared the resolution duly adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Adams, State of Iowa, this 16th day August 2021.

            Department Head Reports:  Conservation – the Conservation Board has approved to hire another full-time maintenance employee. Most of the seasonal help have left. Beach Bash is Saturday, Aug 21 from 5-8 pm. Treasurer – Tax statements went out last week and payments have started to come in. Sheriff – New pickup will be made Oct 18th so looking for it to be in action around the first of the year. Still looking for a fulltime dispatcher. IT – OCIO’s office does a security vulnerability scan and we receive a report. He continues to keep making our system more secure. Assessor – Adams County has received an equalization order from the state:

Ag -7%, Residential +14%, Commercial -0%, and Multi-Res +65%. Mullen is going to appeal the Residential and Multi-Res equalization orders. The appraisers working on the Revaluation are now working on the bottom tiers of the county and should be wrapping up the data collection process by the end of September. Attorney – Trials are being scheduled but still are being social distanced.

Saundra Leininger updated the board on the Historical Preservation Commission. They continue to meet monthly. They have a video that has been completed where they have interviewed each commissioner on what they have found in their township. They have held workshops on how to clean tombstones.

Dixon moved, seconded by Shipley to adjourn the meeting at 10:45 am.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

ATTEST: Bobbi Maynes, Chairperson, Adams County Board of Supervisors

     Rebecca Bissell, Adams County Auditor