Waterloo, Iowa June 13, 2017               

                The Board of Supervisors of the County of Black Hawk, in the State of Iowa, met in regular adjourned meeting at the Courthouse in Waterloo, County Seat of said County, at nine o’clock (9:00) a.m., pursuant to law, to the rules of said Board, and to adjournment.  The meeting was called to order and on roll call there were present: Frank Magsamen, Chair; Linda Laylin, Tom Little, Chris Schwartz and Craig White.

                Absent:  None.

 

                Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.

 

                Moved by Little, seconded by White that the AGENDA be received and place on file with the County Auditor as approved.  Motion carried.

 

                PUBLIC COMMENTS.  Lon Kammeyer said he was a retired paratransit bus driver, and he wanted to thank the Board for allowing paratransit buses to enter the courthouse parking lot driveway from the exit so that passengers would be let out on the side closest to the building.

                Schwartz moved the following resolution seconded by White.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED  by the Board of Supervisors of Black Hawk County, that the Board of Supervisors APPROVE EXPENDITURES, and that the County Auditor be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlement of such claims as allowed:

 

 

  GENERAL BASIC FUND    
       
12377 NEOPOST post 10,000.00
12380 COLLECTION SVC CTR pay/other 498.26
12381 IRS fed 68,385.39
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 28,206.59
12383 SSA fica 98,434.36
12386 BHC TREAS pay/other 183.00
12387 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY pay/other 127.50
12389 ACES svc 21,220.00
12390 ADV SYS eq rent 96.14
12391 AHLERS & COONEY svc 1,193.00
12394 B&B LOCK & KEY supl 16.50
12395 BDH TECH svc 250.00
12396 MARK BICKLEY svc 600.00
12399 BMC AGGR supl 160.13
12400 BREMER CTY SHER svc 22.00
12401 CBM MANAGED SVCS svc 18,287.00
12404 CHIEF supl 202.98
12405 CTS LANGUAGELINK svc 251.61
12407 DEPT OF CORR SVCS svc 17,887.63
12408 TARA DUNCAN svc 350.00
12409 EMSL ANALYTICAL svc 211.05
12414 GBM PROP MGMT rent 300.00
12417 INTERSTATE ALL BATTERY CTE supl 299.70
12420 JOHNSTONE SUPP supl 126.10
12422 DAVID KRUSE rent 250.00
12423 LPC PRINTING & DESIGN publ 3,962.28
12424 MARTIN REALTORS rent 250.00
12425 STOREY KENWORTHY supl 566.40
12427 MENARDS supl 563.78
12428 ON SITE INFO DESTRUC svc 198.92
12430 KRISTIN PEHL rent 200.00
12431 PLUNKETTS PEST CONT svc 271.50
12433 RACOM svc 768.56
12434 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPP supl 1,357.89
12437 STERICYCLE svc 284.60
12439 WLOO COMM SCHLS svc 1,846.94
12440 WD INVEST rent 275.00
12441 WEBER PAPER supl 3,406.81
12442 WEX BANK fuel 651.41
12443 SANDRA FROHWEIN mile 118.95
12444 ELOISE NELSON mile 62.79
12445 ANN-MARIE NIELSEN mile 225.62
12446 ELIZABETH ODONNELL reimb 160.80
12448 GRANT VEEDER mile 28.86
301626 AFSCME IA CO 61 pay/other 680.98
301627 BHC LAW ENFORCE pay/other 492.50
301628 COMMUNITY HLTH CHARITIES pay/other 43.00
301629 IUPAT DIST CO 81 pay/other 608.96
301630 LEGALSHIELD pay/other 211.45
301632 MN CHILD SUPP pay/other 275.00
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 5,270.00
301634 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 997.50
301635 NM CHILD SUPP pay/other 208.15
301636 PECU pay/other 26,910.00
301637  A & P FOOD EQUIP eq rpr 115.00
301638 ABD PROP MGMT rent 650.00
301639 ADV SYS eq rent 148.36
301641 ALLEN GLASS supl 76.94
301643 BARBARA BANTZ svc 3.00
301646 BH WASTE DISP svc 56.00
301647 CAMPBELL SUPP supl 12.20
301648 CFU util 2,188.60
301649 CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL HLTH educ 600.00
301650 CENTURYLINK util 212.06
301652 CHRISTOPHERSON RENT rent 225.00
301653 COAST TO COAST COMP PROD supl 1,384.99
301656 COURIER publ 833.08
301657 COV MED CTR svc 416.00
301658 DICKEYS PRINT svc 205.00
301662 E-KIT TRAIN educ 650.00
301665 EMGCY PLAN & CONSULT svc 2,800.00
301666 ENG INNOVATION supl 220.79
301667 JOHN EVELAND rent 550.00
301669 JOAN GILPIN svc 6,302.22
301670 DON GRAHAM svc 567.65
301671 GREENWAY svc 4,035.26
301672 HAGARTY WAYCHOFF GRARUP FUNERAL svc 565.13
301673 HAWKEYE ALARM & SIGNAL CO svc 375.00
301674 HORIZON TOWERS rent 225.00
301676 IA CTY INFO TECH dues 50.00
301678 IA SEC OF ST dues 60.00
301679 IA ST ASSOC OF CTY AUDITORS educ 175.00
301681 UNIV OF IA svc 241.27
301682 UNIV OF IA svc 1,520.00
301684 K&M BURIAL svc 575.00
301686 SCOTT KOENIG rent 250.00
301688 DENNIS LICKTEIG svc 1,000.00
301689 LINN CTY svc 810.00
301690 LINN CTY svc 60.50
301691 LPC CONNECT util 462.07
301692 MEDIACOM util 199.95
301693 METRO INVEST renf 300.00
301694 MID AMER ENRGY util 6,494.76
301695 MID AMER ENRGY/SPEC ACCT util 623.75
301697 NATL ASSOC OF SCHOOL NURSES dues 1,255.50
301698 NORTH STAR REAL rent 300.00
301699 OFFICE DEPOT supl 457.38
301700 PEOPLES COMM HLTH svc 610.00
301701 POLK CTY SHER svc 52.50
301702 PROSHIELD FIRE PROTECT svc 1,310.50
301703 DORIS RUFFRIDGE rent 200.00
301704 RYDIN DECAL supl 228.18
301705 S&D BLDGS rent 350.00
301709 SHRED MASTER svc 43.12
301710 SILVER EAGLE HARLEY DAVIDSON eq rent 3,240.00
301711 SPEE DEE DELIVERY SVC svc 115.85
301712 STAPLES ADV supl 718.75
301713 STETSON BLDG PROD supl 172.30
301714 TEDS HOME & HRDWR supl 109.11
301715 THOMPSON PROP MGMT rent 275.00
301717 US RECORDS MIDWEST svc 59.04
301718 VERIZON util 40.01
301719 WASTE MGMT svc 2,143.11
301720 WATERFALLS CAR WASH svc 79.70
301722 CITY OF WLOO fuel 1,696.82
301723 WLOO WATER WORKS util 244.47
301724 WAVERLY HLTH CTR svc 82.50
301725 WEBSTER CTY SHER svc 20.50
301726 WELAND CLINICAL LAB svc 569.00
301727 WHITE CONVEYOR eq 40,054.60
301728 WILKEN PROP rent 225.00
301730 XEROX eq rent 86.99
301731 MOLLY EDWARDS educ 1,005.85
301732 SARAH STEINMEYER mile 78.00
301733 JANET WILLIAMS mile 62.91
301735 RED CEDAR PROP rent 275.00
301736 WINDSTREAM util 274.20
       
  GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 434.19
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 239.35
12383 SSA fica 803.24
12448 GRANT VEEDER educ 258.96
301634 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 275.00
       
  COUNTY SERVICES FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 2,074.99
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 908.49
12383 SSA fica 2,971.24
12387 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY pay/other 18.00
12428 ON SITE INFOR DESTRUCT svc 27.51
12438 STERLING  COMP eq 699.00
12447 HEATHER ROBY mile 109.20
301629 IUPAT DIST COUN 81 pay/other 21.03
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 165.00
301636 PECU pay/other 25.00
       
  RURAL BASIC FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 5,465.71
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 2,168.06
12383 SSA fica 7,220.78
301627 BHC LAW ENFORCE pay/other 97.50
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 100.00
301634 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 100.00
301636 PECU pay/other 2,499.00
301721 CITY OF WLOO svc 77.00
301734 MONAT BUILT rfd 3,155.60
       
  SECONDARY ROADS FUND    
       
12376 HARMS OIL fuel 12,849.94
12380 COLL SVC CTR pay/other 230.30
12381 IRS fed 8,704.84
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 3,766.40
12383 SSA fica 12,485.04
12392 ANTON SALES supl 25.87
12393 ASPRO svc 113,799.59
12398 BHC TREAS svc 50.46
12399 BMC AGGREG supl 18,897.58
12403 CITY OF CF svc 108.71
12406 D&D TIRE eq rpr 190.00
12411 FASTENAL supl 56.34
12412 FIX TIRE fuel 217.07
12413 G&K SVCS svc 28.70
12416 CITY OF HUDSON util 31.61
12418 INRCOG svc 1,496.68
12419 IWI MOTOR PARTS supl 118.88
12429 P&K MIDWEST supl 810.94
12434 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPP supl 21.14
12435 SCOTS SUPPLY supl 20.49
12436 SCOTT VAN KEPPEL svc 1,008.92
301628 COMM HLTH CHARITIES pay/other 13.00
301630 LEGALSHIELD pay/other 15.75
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 440.00
301634 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 25.00
301636 PECU pay/other 3,126.50
301640 ALL STATE RENTAL eq rent 65.00
301645 BHC LANDFILL svc 133.76
301646 BH WASTE DISP svc 108.00
301647 CAMPBELL SUPP supl 54.28
301648 CFU util 6.98
301650 CENTURYLINK util 147.81
301651 CERTIFIED LAB supl 759.17
301655 CONSOLID ENRGY HARTLAND fuel 1,915.77
301659 DONS TRUCK SALES supl 471.41
301660 DUNKERTON COOP ELEV fuel 2,427.90
301663 EAST CENTRAL IA COOP fuel 9,772.67
301668 GIERKE ROBINSON eq rent 213.29
301675 HUDSON MUNI ELEC UTIL util 106.48
301680 IA TRANSIT supl 593.47
301683 K CONSTRUCT svc 68,474.38
301685 KIRK GROSS eq 50.00
301687 LPC MOTOR SUPP supl 1,760.00
301691 LPC CONNECT util 37.57
301696 NAPA AUTO PARTS supl 561.66
301706 SADLER PWER TRAIN supl 53.54
       
  RECORDER’S RECORD MGT FUND    
       
301677 IA CTY RECORDERS ASSOC svc 1,390.36
301717 US RECORDS MIDWEST svc 2,664.00
       
  JAIL COMMISSARY FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 81.95
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 21.85
12383 SSA fica 156.56
12421 KEEFE SUPPLY food 3,745.90
12426 MCKEE FOODS food 79.40
301664 ECOLAB CTR supl 515.96
301707 SAMS CLUB food 755.08
301718 VERIZON util 780.75
       
  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN FUND    
       
12432 PPG ARCH supl 41.98
301708 SHIVE-HATTERY svc 7,650.00
       
  INSURANCE TRUST FUND    
       
12379 NAVITUS HLTH SOL is 43,246.25
12385 121 BENEFITS svc 229.50
12388 PREFERRED 1 ins 224,599.42
301631 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 1,249.93
       
  FLEXIBLE SPENDING FUND    
       
12378 ADV ADMIN def comp 6,602.44
       
   

 

SOLID WASTE ADMIN FUND

   
       
12381 IRS fed 501.27
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 223.79
12383 SSA fica 620.80
       
  E911 SERVICE COMMISSION FUND    
       
12397 BHC TREAS eq 200,000.00
12402 CDW GOVT eq 192.48
12410 FARMERS MUT TEL util 120.76
12415 GRAINCOMM eq rent 5,150.00
301642 AMER TOWER eq rent 1,999.42
301650 CENTURYLINK util 226.78
301654 COLOFF MEDIA eq rent 1,800.00
301661 DUNKERTON TEL COOP util 528.52
301691 LPC CONNECT util 195.24
301694 MID AMER ERGY util 178.93
301716 US CELLULAR eq rent 2,400.00
301737 WINDSTREAM util 154.07
       
  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 381.86
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 156.55
12383 SSA fica 527.78
12387 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY pay/other 1.00
12390 ADV SYS eq rent 24.46
12425 STOREY KENWORTHY supl 126.85
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 50.00
301644 BERGANKDV TECH & CONSULT supl 94.00
301650 CENTURYLINK util 74.00
       
  ASSESSOR FUND    
       
12381 IRS fed 2,467.20
12382 IA DEPT OF REV st 1,175.73
12383 SSA fica 4,399.48
12387 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY pay/other 1.00
12398 BHC TREAS svc 11,311.09
12434 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPP supl 884.93
301630 LEGALSHIELD pay/other 57.20
301633 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 1,295.00
301634 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def comp 145.00
301636 PECU pay/other 1,723.00

 

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

Laylin moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Black Hawk County, that the Board of Supervisors APPROVE EXPENDITURES, and that Country View Care Facility be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlements of such claims as allowed:

 

                COUNTRY VIEW ENTERPRISE FUND

 

18986 A&P FOOD EQUIP supl 56.90
18987 A-1 CAREERS svc 374.92
18988 AABLE PEST CONTR svc 400.00
18989 ABDUR RAHIM svc 3,042.50
18990 ACCELERATED CARE PLUS LEAS supl 234.64
18991 ACCESSIBLE MED IA svc 8,523.63
18992 ALLEN OCCU HLTH SVCS svc 200.00
18993 AE DAIRY food 994.31
18994 BHC TREAS svc 7,109.29
18995 BH AUTO SPRINKLERS svc 1,473.62
18996 CBS STAFF svc 700.01
18997 CFU util 67.50
18998 CV MED SPEC svc 83.02
18999 CENTURY CONSTR svc 980.00
19000 CHERYL DAVIS SAUERBREI svc 2,275.50
19001 CONTNTL RESRCH supl 418.25
19002 COURIER publ 1,202.21
19003 DIRECT SUPP supl 48.23
19004 EARTHGRAINS BKG food 489.78
19005 HAWKEYE COMM COLLEGE educ 299.00
19006 HD SUPP FACILITIES MAINT supl 53.90
19007 HELPING HANDS HLTHCARE SOL svc 5,902.50
19008 HOCKENBERGS food 964.38
19009 HPSI PURCH svc 50.00
19010 IA HLTH CARE ASSOC educ 625.00
19011 KOCH BROTHERS eq rpr 412.62
19012 LANCASTER ENTERP eq rpr 270.78
19013 MARTIN BROS food/supl 15,385.97
19015 MARTIN HLTH SVCS rx/supl 6,171.39
19016 MENARDS supl 10.12
19017 MET TRANSIT AUTHORITY eq rpr 16.00
19018 NETWORK SVCS supl 1,512.56
19019 NORTHERN IA THERAPY svc 29,812.56
19020 PITNEY BOWES supl 244.76
19021 PLUNKETTS PEST CONTRL svc 150.00
19022 PROVIDERS PLUS supl 217.65
19023 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPP supl 1,001.09
19024 ROBIN WAGNER reimb 13.93
19025 SALLY BEAUTY supl 116.58
19026 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS supl 67.21
19027 STAR REFRIG eq rpr 1,096.25
19028 WASTE MGMT svc 930.39
19029 WLOO COMM SCHL svc 97.31
19030 WAYNE DENNIS SUPP supl 1,521.62
19031 WILSON RESTAURANT SUPP supl 636.00

 

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                RECEIVE PROJECT UPDATES FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS/ELECTED OFFICIALS.  County Engineer Cathy Nicholas said that her maintenance crew is still replacing the culvert west of Hudson, and Eldora Road will be closed until Friday afternoon.  Likewise with Griffith Road just east of Highway 63, the road will be closed until Friday for the installation of two large metal culverts.  In contract work, the Hammond Avenue deck will be poured two weeks from now.  West 27th Street and Poyner Road are open and striped, but will receive asphalt layers after Aspro completes other work.

 

                Moved by Little, seconded by White that the MINUTES of the Board Meeting held June 6, 2017 be and are hereby approved as submitted. Motion carried.

 

                CONSENT AGENDA

 

Schwartz moved the following RESOLUTION seconded by White.

 

  1. TO APPROVE, RECEIVE, PLACE ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY AUDITOR

 

  1. The Board of Supervisors APPROVE INTERGOVERNMENTAL JOURNAL ENTRIES, and that the County Auditor be authorized and directed to TRANSFER monies within the various funds as submitted.

 

Transfer from Fund  Amount Transfer to Fund  Amount
GENERAL BASIC – VA                     84.93 GENERAL BASIC- DHS                       84.93
GENERAL BASIC -DHS                   564.19 GENERAL BASIC- MAINT                    564.19
GENERAL BASIC -DHS               9,443.55 GENERAL BASIC- MAINT                 9,443.55
GENERAL BASIC -DHS                   967.29 GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL                    967.29
COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES                   940.82 GENERAL BASIC – MAINT                    940.82
 

COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES

                    89.33  

GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL

                      89.33
EMERGENCY MGMT             65,922.00 GENERAL BASIC              65,922.00
EMERGENCY MGMT             30,258.00 GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL              30,258.00

 

 

  1. The Sheriff’s MONTHLY REPORT of fees as of May 31, 2017.

 

  1. TO APPROVE AND DIRECT THE CHAIR TO SIGN

 

  1. The allowable/disallowable HOMESTEAD CREDIT LIST as submitted by the County Assessor’s Office, in accordance with §425.3 of the Code of Iowa.

 

  1. The allowable/disallowable MILITARY SERVICE TAX EXEMPTION LIST as submitted by the County Assessor’s Officer, in accordance with §426.A.14 of the Code of Iowa.

 

  1. The allowable/disallowable FAMILY FARM CREDIT LIST as submitted by the County Assessor’s Office, in accordance with §425A.4 of the Code of Iowa.

 

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                CONSENT AGENDA ENDS

 

                Laylin moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the BEST BID received from O’Keefe Elevator Company, Des Moines, Iowa, for Elevator Maintenance Services (expiring June 30, 2020) for the Courthouse Jail, Pinecrest, Country View and Conservation facilities for the per month charge of $1,405.00, be approved and for the Chair to sign the contract upon receipt of the Performance Bond and Certificate of Insurance as recommended by Rory Geving, Maintenance Superintendent.

Little asked if the project was bid.  Geving said there was a formal request for proposal process and a prebid meeting involving four companies, and O’Keefe, the current contractor, was the low bid, and there is no increase over their current fee.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

                                         

                Little moved the following resolution seconded by White.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the COMMUNITY SERVICE AGREEMENTS between Black Hawk County and the Eastside Ministerial Alliance (EMA), Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center and Operation Threshold agencies to establish requirements that each agency shall comply with to be entitled to allocate designated funds to eligible Black Hawk County residents applying for shelter and energy assistant effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 with a 2.5% increase in Administrative Dollars be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same as recommended by Bob Lincoln, County Social Services Administrator.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                Moved by White, seconded by Laylin that the REVISED Black Hawk County Community Services General Assistance Program Policy, which includes an increase in Utility Allotment from $50.00 per person in a household to $75.00 per person in a household, be approved and adopted effective July 1, 2017 as recommended by Bob Lincoln, County Social Services Administrator. 

                Laylin said the last increase came before 1990.  Motion carried.

 

                Moved by Little, seconded by White that the APPOINTMENT of Dan Holm representing the Auditor to the Black Hawk County Compensation Board with a term expiring June 30, 2020 be approved and that the LETTER OF APPOINTMENT be received and placed on with the County Auditor.  Motion carried.

               

Moved by Little, seconded by Schwartz that the REAPPOINTMENT of Elizabeth Clark to the Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission for a three year term to expire June 30, 2020 be approved.  Motion carried.

               

                Moved by White, seconded by Laylin that the PERSONNEL REQUISITION for an Account Specialist position (replacement, full-time) in the Auditor’s Office be approved, as recommended by Grant Veeder, County Auditor.  Motion carried.

 

                Laylin moved the following resolution seconded by Little.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the REQUEST FOR PURCHASE OF CAPITAL EQUIPMENT submitted by Dennis Coleman, Country View Administrator, be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same: $4,433.85 for an Ice-O-Matic ice machine.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                Laylin moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the TAX SALE CERTIFICATE ASSIGNMENT for a vacant lot (Parcel 8912-30-403-010) located in Waterloo, Iowa, pursuant to §446.31 of the Code of Iowa be approved and said Certificate of Purchase of Tax sale be assigned to A-Line EDS, Inc. with a TAX SALE assignment fee of $10.00 per parcel as recommended by Rita Schmidt, County Treasurer.

                Schmidt said that a house was demolished here so that it is now bare land with a value of $2,380, and most of the delinquent amount of $6,813.82 was due to a city assessment for the demolition.  She said the real estate tax portion is $493.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                Laylin moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the COMPROMISE offered in the amount of $2,000.00 by A-Line EDS, Inc. on taxes and special assessments owed for a vacant lot (Parcel 8912-30-403-010) located in Waterloo, Iowa be approved and the abatement of the 2014-2016 real estate taxes and special assessments in the amount of $6,813.82 on the respective parcel be approved and the County Treasurer be directed to adjust her records accordingly.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

                                         

                Schwartz moved the following resolution seconded by Laylin.

WHEREAS, minimum wage legislation was first introduced in the United States to address the rampant poverty in Depression-era America; and

 

WHEREAS, the federal minimum wage, currently at $7.25 an hour, would be over $10.90 if it had kept up with inflation since 1968 2; and  

 

WHEREAS, the federal minimum wage would be over $18 if it had kept up with worker productivity 3; and

 

WHEREAS, a single parent of two children who is working full-time job would need to make $28.07 per hour just to cover basic no frills monthly expenses4; and

 

WHEREAS, more than 600 economists, including seven Nobel laureates, signed a letter supporting an increase in the minimum wage, saying, “the weight of evidence now show[s] that increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers, even during times of weakness in the labor market”5; and

 

WHEREAS, low-income workers are more likely than any other demographic to spend new earnings on necessities, funneling money back to businesses in the communities where they live 6; and

 

WHEREAS, 69% of all Iowan’s favor raising the minimum wage 7, and

 

WHEREAS, due to state and federal inaction, five counties in Iowa joined dozens of others across the nation and decided to raise the minimum wage in their jurisdiction 8, and

 

WHEREAS, in response to the counties’ actions, the Iowa Legislature lowered the minimum wage in those counties back to the poverty wage of $7.25 an hour and furthermore pre-empted the rights of cities and counties to pass any future ordinances to raise the minimum wage 9,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Blackhawk County Board of Supervisors will continue to work with our legislative delegation to advocate for the passage of laws to raise the minimum wage for all workers to a living wage, and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Blackhawk County Board of Supervisors supports local government efforts to set their own minimum wages above the state minimum wage to help its lowest paid workers keep pace with the rising cost of living.

                Schwartz said that the county had started a study group on a countywide minimum wage that was pre-empted by the state legislature prohibiting local minimums.  He said there hasn’t been an increase in over ten years, and it means many people are receiving poverty wages and being denied the opportunity to become property owners and property taxpayers.  This becomes a vicious cycle with their children starting life at a disadvantage.

                Jerry Hageman of Waterloo said he supported the resolution, and saw it as connected to the following resolution supporting the Paris Climate Accord, since people who have a living wage have more time to worry about the environment.

                John Padget of Cedar Falls supported the resolution, and noted that the Board took action earlier on providing assistance to people having difficult times, and in his line of work he sees a lot of people struggling to get by, so that an increase in the minimum wage could help a lot of people.  He said it was an overreach for the state legislature to tell a local government what it could do in its own jurisdiction.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

                                         

                Schwartz moved the following resolution seconded by Little.

WHEREAS,       on June 1, 2017, President Trump withdrew the United States of America from the Paris Climate Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS,       the agreement, signed by 195 nations, aims to keep Earth from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, and allows each country to set its own greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and adopt strategies to reach them; and

 

WHEREAS,       the agreement recognizes that climate action protects the planet from risks of devastating consequence, and clean energy can benefit our security, prosperity and health; and

 

WHEREAS,       the agreement has the support of the majority of the U.S. populace, and the mayors of dozens of major cities and the governors of 10 states have already pledged to maintain support; and

 

WHEREAS,       local governments, along with cities and businesses, have contributed to greenhouse gas emissions, and Black Hawk County has already been taking action on climate change to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; and

 

WHEREAS,       local communities can and should lead the way to help ensure that our state and nation as a whole remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we, the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, do hereby commit to honor the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Along with others in our nation, we will continue to lead. We will continue completing energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy projects. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, support a clean energy economy, stand for public health and environmental justice, and work with allies near and far to protect Earth from devastating climate risks. The world, our nation, our state and our county cannot wait. We are still in.

                Magsamen said that Black Hawk County has been aggressive in reducing energy usage in numerous upgrades to county buildings and he definitely supported the resolution.  Laylin agreed, saying it is a reinforcement of the county’s commitment.  Schwartz said that the effects of climate change lead to disasters that must be dealt with first and foremost by local governments.  He thought Black Hawk County would be a good location for solar energy manufacturing facilities, which would provide jobs to the county’s skilled workers.

                AYES:  Laylin, Little, Schwartz, White, Magsamen.

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                On motion and vote the meeting adjourned.

 

Frank Magsamen, Chair, Board of Supervisors                            

Grant Veeder,  County Auditor