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Board Minutes – August 2, 2021

The Adams County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 9:00 am with the following members present: Doug Birt, Leland Shipley, and Scott Akin. Bobbi Maynes and Merlin Dixon were absent. The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Birt and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Akin moved, seconded by Shipley to approve today’s agenda along with the minutes from July 26.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

Shipley moved, seconded by Akin to appoint Holly Schafer as Treasurer of Adams County to fill the vacancy for the rest of the term created by the retirement of Nancy Barnes.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.  Auditor Bissell administered the Oath of Office to Schafer. 

Akin moved, seconded by Shipley to approve Resolution 2021-16 Execution Authority of Contract. 

RESOLUTION 2021-16

Execution Authority of Contract

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors, hereafter referred to as “the Board”, believes the “CITY OF CORNING RCB CULVERT REPLACEMENT – TWIN BOX”, hereafter referred to as “the project” is in the best interest of Adams County, Iowa, and the residents thereof.  The project is defined as the construction of a Cast in Place Twin Box RCB Culvert Replacement and Approaches; and

WHEREAS, the Board has sought appropriate professional guidance for the concept and planning for the project and followed the steps as required by the Code of Iowa for notifications, hearings, and bidding/letting; and

WHEREAS, The Board finds this resolution appropriate and necessary to protect, preserve, and improve the rights, privileges, property, peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort, and convenience of Adams County and its citizens, all as provided for in and permitted by section 331.301 of the Code of Iowa; and

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED by Board to accept the bid from JENCO CONSTRUCTION, INC., of Des Moines, Iowa in the amount of $1,057,522.00 and awards the associated contract(s) to the same;   

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all other resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict with this resolution are hereby repealed.  If any part of this resolution is adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the resolution or action of The Board as a whole or any part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.  This resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of its approval as provided by law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County, Iowa, that after receiving the necessary contract documents, including but not limited to, the contractor’s bond and certificate of insurance, Travis Malone, the Adams County Engineer for Adams County, Iowa, be and is hereby designated, authorized, and empowered on behalf of the Board of Supervisors of said County to execute the contracts in connection with the afore awarded construction project let through the DOT for this county.

Voting Aye:  Birt, Akin and Shipley.  Voting Nay:  none.  Absent:  Dixon and Maynes.  Motion carried.  The above resolution is adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County.  The original resolution is located in the Auditor’s Office.

Shipley moved, seconded by Akin to approve Resolution 2021-17 Awarding Contract for City of Corning RCB Culvert Replacement – Twin Box Project Number BRS-SWAP-1590(603) – – FF- 02 to JENCO Construction Inc. for $1,057,522.00 on Hull Street.

RESOLUTION #2021-17

Resolution Making Award of Contract

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ADAMS COUNTY, IOWA:

       That the bid of JENCO CONSTRUCTION, INC., of Des Moines, Iowa in the sum of $1,057,522.00 for the construction of a Cast in Place Twin Box RCB Culvert Replacement and Approaches and such other work as may be incidental thereto, as described in the plans and specifications entitled “CITY OF CORNING RCB CULVERT REPLACEMENT-TWIN BOX” project number BRS-SWAP-1590(603) – – FF- 02 and heretofore adopted by this Board on the 2nd day of August, 2021, be and is hereby accepted, and

       The Chairman and Auditor are hereby directed to execute a contract with the said JENCO CONSTRUCTION, INC., of Des Moines, Iowa for the construction of said improvements, said contracts not to be binding until approved by this Board.

Voting Aye:  Birt, Akin and Shipley.  Voting Nay: none.  Absent:  Dixon and Maynes.  Motion carried.  The above resolution is adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County, Iowa.  The original resolution is located in the Auditor’s Office.

County Engineer Travis Malone reported that the tractor that was in a recent accident has been seen by the insurance adjuster. They are preparing to pour concrete on the tube replacement project on Hickory Avenue. Bridges 5 and Carl 3 are both on schedule to be completed in September.

            Crystal Drake, Director of Taylor County Public Health gave an update on the public health situation. Covid cases are on the rise in Adams County and the Delta variant has also been found here. Home Health rules have changed with Medicare, so they need to make sure they follow all the new requirements to continue to receive Medicare reimbursements. Some Public Health grants were extended for the new fiscal year without having to reapply. Drake gave an update on the Proposed Collaborative Service Area for services such as iSmile, WIC, First Five, and other services. Drake is concerned with these services being regionalized and that our hub would be Pottawattamie County. Her fear is that local constituents could be faced with losing services that are easily accessible or that constituents may consider or be forced to move away from the area to be closer to services that they need.

            Shipley moved, seconded by Akin to approve adding Holly Schafer and Lori Shires on all bank accounts and the lock box at TS Bank.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

            Akin moved, seconded by Shipley to approve signing the Engagement Letter with Anderson, Larkin & Co. PC to perform our Annual Audit. All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

            Shipley moved, seconded by Akin to approve Resolution 2021-18 Declaring Adams County a Sanctuary County for the 2nd Amendment.

RESOLUTION #2021-18

Resolution Declaring Adams County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County

WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” and

WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Adams County, Iowa; and

WHEREAS, the people of Adams County, Iowa derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Adams County using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution and the laws of the State of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, the Adams County Board of Supervisors was elected to represent the citizens of Adams County, and have sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, Iowa State Senators and State Representatives have also sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, legislation is currently being considered and expected to be proposed by both the Iowa State legislature and Federal legislature that potentially seeks to infringe on the constitutionally protected right of citizens to keep and bear arms; and

WHEREAS, it is desirable to declare that Adams County is a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, as Adams County opposes the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the constitutional right of the people of Adams County to keep and bear arms.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Adams County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Adams County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, and hereby states its opposition to the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the constitutional right of the people of Adams County to keep and bear arms.

Voting Aye:  Birt, Akin and Shipley.  Voting Nay: none.  Absent:  Dixon and Maynes.  Motion carried.  The above resolution is adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County, Iowa.  The original resolution is located in the Auditor’s Office.

Department Head Reports:  Auditor – Busy working on Taxes, she will be making a presentation at SEAT (State Election Administrators Training) on Wednesday. Treasurer – Holly Schafer presented the final report from Nancy Barnes as her last day was July 30. Assessor – Ben Mullen needs to be reappointed so the Conference Board has set a date of August 23 to meet. Sheriff – The car that was wrecked is still being repaired. Jail inspection was recently completed and it was noted that the Adams County Jail has outgrown their facility but they are still in compliance. A new deputy has been hired and they are still taking applications for the full-time and part-time dispatch positions. Maintenance – Internal boiler inspection was completed last week and it passed.

            Committee and Meeting reports were presented as follows: Akin -5th Judicial, July 28, Des Moines and CHI, July 29, Corning.

Akin moved, seconded by Shipley to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 am.  All supervisors voted aye.  Motion carried.

ATTEST: Doug Birt, Vice Chairperson, Adams County Board of Supervisors

     Rebecca Bissell, Adams County Auditor