Waterloo, Iowa March 21, 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 Laylin that the AGENDA be received and place on file with the County Auditor as approved.  Motion carried.

White 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 the County Auditor be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlement of such claims as allowed:

 

  GENERAL BASIC FUND    
       
11637 MIDWEST AUTOMATED TIME SYSTEMS svc 393.00
11641 COLLECTION SVC CTR oth pay 528.26
11642 IRS fed pay 67,844.11
11645 SSA fica 98,282.10
11646 BHC SHERIFF oth pay 535.81
11647 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY oth pay 132.50
11649 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC svc 472.06
11650 B&B LOCK & KEY INC eq 155.00
11651 BICKLEY, MARK svc 702.57
11652 BREMER CO SHERIFF svc 50.80
11653 CBM MANAGED SVCS food 8,972.15
11654 CDW GOVERNMENT INC eq 3,261.11
11655 CITY OF CEDAR FALLS fuel 82.09
11656 CHIEF supl 139.99
11657 DUNCAN, TARA svc 455.00
11659 EQUIFAX INFO SVCS svc 20.00
11660 FASTENAL CO supl 28.07
11662 FULLER, ANGELA svc 350.00
11665 HAUGEBAK, DOROTHY rent 225.00
11668 LA PORTE CITY PRINTING & DESIGN publ 2,878.32
11669 LOCKSPERTS INC eq 11.40
11671 MARCO INC svc 241.18
11672 MATT PARROTT/STOREY KENWORTHY supl 923.25
11674 MENARDS CF eq 120.11
11675 MENARDS WLOO eq 1,184.92
11676 METRO INVESTMENTS MULTI UNIT rent 354.00
11677 MEYER, BRITTANI svc 371.00
11679 O’KEEFE ELEVATOR CO INC maint 134.08
11680 P&K MIDWEST prts 438.46
11681 PAGE RACHEL rent 500.00
11682 PEHL, KRISTIN rent 225.00
11683 PER MAR SECURITY SVCS svc 2,034.57
11684 PPG ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES INC supl 8.22
11685 RACOM CORP prts/lbr 6,832.69
11686 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPL INC supl 808.42
11688 SLED SHED eq 207.71
11689 SMITH, KIMBERLY K svc 132.00
11690 US BANK fuel 12,253.43
11691 WLOO COMM SCHOOLS svc 157.23
11692 WEBER PAPER CO supl 2,072.19
11693 DECKER , RYAN dues 235.00
11694 FROHWEIN SANDRA mil 117.74
11695 GERHOLDT , PENNY mil 122.20
11696 GRUENWALD EDWARD reimb 52.77
11698 NIELSEN , ANN-MARIE mil 188.21
11699 SCHMITZ MONICA I mil 87.75
11700 SHELTON , KATHERINE reimb 23.83
11701 SWINGEN STANLEY JR reimb 15.01
300463 AFLAC oth pay 2,234.02
300464 AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 oth pay 754.04
300465 COMMUNITY HLTH CHARITIES IA oth pay 43.00
300466 IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 81 oth pay 608.16
300467 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 550.10
300468 MN CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT CTR oth pay 322.20
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 4,990.00
300470 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 947.50
300471 NM CHILD SUPPORT oth pay 208.15
300472 PECU oth pay 26,668.50
300473 TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION #238 oth pay 2,806.48
300474 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC svc 228.36
300475 BBE PRO / MAC TOOLS eq 274.99
300476 BENTON BLDG CTR eq 1.61
300477 BHC LANDFILL svc 85.55
300479 BUCHANAN CO SHERIFF svc 30.13
300480 CAMPBELL SUPL WLOO prts/lbr 95.09
300481 CF UTILITIES util 1,809.29
300482 CENTURYLINK tel 152.00
300483 CLARK DEVELOPMENT rent 200.00
300484 CORINTHIAN SVCS OF IA svc 2,000.00
300485 COURIER publ 1,107.76
300486 COVINGTON PROPERTIES rent 225.00
300487 CRESCENT ELECTRIC SUPL CO supl 13.42
300488 CUNNINGHAM KELLY rent 250.00
300489 CV PREFERRED rent 200.00
300490 DEATON, SUSAN educ 118.14
300491 DEY DISTRIBUTING INC eq 3.49
300493 DIGITAL ALLY svc 4,040.00
300494 DOLLYS RENTAL rent 200.00
300495 DONS TRUCK SALES INC eq 11.40
300496 DUBUQUE CO svc 75.00
300497 DURA WAX CO svc 362.62
300498 ECOLAB CTR eq rent 345.78
300499 EMMET CO svc 20.00
300501 FLOYD CO SHERIFF svc 41.50
300502 FRIENDS OF HARTMAN food 250.00
300503 FRUCHTENICHT TERI rent 200.00
300504 GRUNDY CO SHERIFF svc 16.50
300505 HALL & HALL ENGINEERS INC svc 1,379.25
300506 HAWKEYE VILLAGE APT rent 157.93
300508 HUDSON PRINTING CO INC publ 2,009.09
300509 IA ASSOC FOR EDUC OF YOUNG CHILDREN educ 198.00
300510 IOWA CO ATTORNEYS ASSOC educ 65.00
300513 IOWA PUBLIC HLTH ASSOC educ 1,212.00
300514 IOWA SCHOOL NURSE ORG educ 360.00
300515 IA SEC OF STATE vc 30.00
300516 IA STATE SHERIFFS & DEPUTIES ASSOC educ 550.00
300517 JOHNSON CO svc 1,751.00
300518 KINZLER CONSTRUCTION SVCS svc 3,342.00
300519 KWIK TRIP EXTENDED NETWORK fuel 31.28
300521 LA PORTE MOTOR SUPL INC supl 74.47
300522 LARSON CONSTRUCTION CO, INC svc 196,592.20
300523 LINDA HALL LAW FIRM & MEDIATION SVCS svc 84.00
300524 LINN CO svc 310.72
300525 LINN CO svc 1,666.66
300526 LUCRATIVE INVESTMENTS rent 200.00
300527 LUTGEN GARY svc 71.75
300528 MALAISE SUSAN svc 165.00
300529 MATT WILBUR & ASSOC educ 720.00
300530 MEDIACOM svc 75.90
300531 MID AMERICAN ENERGY util 14,627.69
300534 MP NEXLEVEL supl 6,630.14
300537 NAPA AUTO PARTS prts 294.81
300538 N IA JUVENILE DETENTION SVCS food 3,450.00
300539 NORTH STAR REALTORS rent 500.00
300540 OPERATION THRESHOLD rent 250.00
300541 OREILLY AUTO STORES prts 108.65
300542 OSDI-SPACESAVER supl 94.74
300543 PADDEN , MIKE rent 249.00
300544 POLK CO SHERIFF svc 24.28
300545 PREVENT CHILD ABUSE IA educ 310.00
300548 RICOH USA INC svc 661.28
300549 ROE, JENNA svc 600.00
300550 SAMS WHOLESALE CLUB supl 71.75
300551 SANDERS FUNERAL SVC svc 1,000.00
300552 SCHWAKE, MARY rent 425.00
300553 SHERWIN WILLIAMS supl 75.60
300554 SHRED MASTER INC svc 90.58
300556 SPEE DEE DELIVERY SVC INC svc 122.80
300557 STAPLES CREDIT PLAN supl 150.92
300558 STRUXTURE ARCHITECTS svc 2,850.56
300559 TEDS HOME AND HDWR supl 24.98
300560 URBS DO IT BEST HDWR eq 124.37
300562 US CELLULAR cell 647.27
300563 USS CORNWOOD HEAT CO fuel 62.50
300564 VAN WYNGARDEN & ABRAHAMSON INC svc 799.40
300565 VERMEER SALES & SVC INC svc 158.00
300566 CITY OF WATERLOO fuel 8,409.29
300567 WATERLOO HERITAGE HOMES rent 197.00
300568 WLOO WATER WORKS svc 511.10
300569 WEST PAYMENT CTR svc 1,602.14
300570 WICKHAM FRANK svc 325.00
300571 WILLIAMS & CO svc 9,425.00
300572 WRIGHT, PERRY eq 370.97
300573 XEROX CORP maint 118.11
300575 BOTTKE RHONDA food 161.00
300576 DEWITT GABRIELLE mil 33.54
300577 GRIFFITH KIMBERLY misc 235.00
300578 KATCHER JAMES J misc 235.00
300579 REMETCH LEE ANN mil 51.48
300580 WAGNER MICHELLE misc 235.00
300581 WESTENDORF JEREMY misc 235.00
300582 WILLIAMS JANET R mil 56.75
300583 ELSE , LARRY rent 225.00
300584 MICKELSON, ASHLEY ref 687.50
300585 SCHMIDT RITA reimb 87.75
300586 STOP STICK LTD educ 225.00
300587 LAW OFFICE OF CHRISTINA SHRIVER svc 102.00
       
       
  GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 412.48
11645 SSA fica 804.90
11661 FOUR OAKS INC svc 2,799.00
11670 LUTHERAN SVCS OF IA svc 797.22
11672 MATT PARROTT/STOREY KENWORTHY supl 84.68
11686 RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPL INC supl 332.16
300470 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 250.00
300538 N IA JUVENILE DETENTION SVCS svc 15,170.00
300574 YOUTH EMERGENCY SVCS  & SHELTER svc 793.05
       
       
  COUNTY SERVICES FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 2,073.30
11645 SSA fica 2,968.82
11647 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY oth pay 18.00
300463 AFLAC ins 6.16
300466 IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 81 oth pay 21.03
300467 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 13.00
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 165.00
300472 PECU oth pay 25.00
       
       
  RURAL BASIC FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 4,803.36
11645 SSA fica 6,748.78
300463 AFLAC ins 220.17
300467 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 13.25
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 350.00
300470 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 100.00
300472 PECU oth pay 3,130.00
300473 TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION #238 oth pay 554.00
       
       
  SECONDARY ROADS FUND    
       
11641 COLLECTION SVC CTR oth pay 299.40
11642 IRS fed pay 8,277.97
11645 SSA fica 12,140.86
11655 CITY OF CEDAR FALLS fuel 535.47
11663 G&K SVCS svc 28.70
11667 KWIK TRIP INC fuel 278.93
11678 NORTHLAND PRODUCTS CO supl 1,742.40
11687 SCOTS SUPL CO INC eq 13.44
11690 US BANK misc 1,564.98
300463 AFLAC ins 240.35
300465 COMMUNITY HLTH CHARITIES IA oth pay 13.00
300467 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 19.00
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 440.00
300470 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 25.00
300472 PECU oth pay 3,030.50
300473 TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION #238 oth pay 1,445.00
300477 BHC LANDFILL svc 9.00
300478 BROWN , STEVEN R misc 1,142.50
300480 CAMPBELL SUPL WLOO supl 31.44
300481 CF UTILITIES util 21.09
300492 DICKEYS PRINTING supl 153.00
300495 DONS TRUCK SALES INC prts 29.19
300500 FIFTH ST TIRE INC svc 70.15
300507 HOLIDAY INN DES MOINES AIRPORT rooms 430.08
300511 IA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION svc 500.00
300512 IOWA PRISON INDUSTRIES eq 2,319.80
300531 MID AMERICAN ENERGY util 2,396.28
300532 MIDWEST WHEEL COMPANIES eq 210.49
300533 MOULDS TRUST, ROBERT & KARLA misc 760.00
300535 MURPHY TRACTOR & EQUIP CO eq 889.28
300536 MUTUAL WHEEL CO eq 77.40
300537 NAPA AUTO PARTS prts 644.89
300541 OREILLY AUTO STORIES prts 34.49
300546 PROSHIELD FIRE PROTECTION svc 161.50
300547 RANDALLS TREE SVC svc 1,450.00
300566 CITY OF WATERLOO fuel 181.00
       
       
  RESOURCE/ENHANCE/PROTECT FUND    
       
11654 CDW GOVERNMENT INC svc 1,507.20
300520 L-TRON CORP eq 2,448.52
300555 SNYDER & ASSOCIATES svc 2,829.00
       
       
  JAIL COMMISSARY FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 97.00
11645 SSA fica 172.86
11666 KEEFE SUPL CO food 1,670.64
11673 MCKEE FOODS food 94.84
11690 US BANK misc 1,236.12
300550 SAMS WHOLESALE CLUB food 364.60
       
       
  INSURANCE TRUST FUND    
       
11638 NAVITUS HEALTH SOLUTIONS ins 13.10
11640 NAVITUS HEALTH SOLUTIONS ins 22,229.56
11648 PREFERRED ONE INS CO ins 121,950.54
       
       
  FLEXIBLE SPENDING FUND    
       
11639 ADVANTAGE ADMINISTRATORS flx sp 6,622.44
       
       
  SOLID WASTE ADMIN FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 501.27
11645 SSA fica 620.82
       
       
  E911 SERVICE COMMISSION FUND    
       
11658 E CENTRAL IA RURAL ELEC util 124.76
11664 GRAINCOMM III eq rent 5,000.00
300482 CENTURYLINK tel 1,550.57
300531 MID AMERICAN ENERGY util 139.22
       
       
  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 380.43
11645 SSA fica 526.30
11647 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY oth pay 1.00
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 50.00
300530 MEDIACOM svc 135.90
300561 US BANK misc 305.00
       
       
  COUNTY ASSESSOR FUND    
       
11642 IRS fed pay 2,428.05
11645 SSA fica 4,021.58
11647 CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY oth pay 1.00
11697 KOENIGSFELD THOMAS J educ 188.87
300467 MADISON NATL LIFE INS ins 47.05
300469 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 1,295.00
300470 NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT def com 145.00
300472 PECU oth pay 1,723.00
300566 CITY OF WATERLOO maint 314.96

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

Little 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 Country View Care Facility be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlements of such claims as allowed:

 

COUNTRY VIEW ENTERPRISE FUND
       
18286 ANDERSON ERICKSON DAIRY food 678.32
18287 B&B LOCK & KEY supl 141.20
18288 BCG DATA SVCS svc 7,175.10
18289 CITY OF WATERLOO uitl 2,500.97
18290 EARTHGRAINS BAKING CO food 184.40
18291 FIX TIRE CO eq rpr 318.25
18292 FOUNDATION BLDG MATERIALS supl 516.48
18293 HD SUPPLY FACILITIES MAINT LTD supl 554.80
18294 LONG TERM MEDICAL SUPL supl 1,302.85
18295 MARTIN BROS food/supl 10,967.18
18296 NETWORK SVCS CP supl 740.59
18297 SCHOOL BUS SALES CO eq rpr 373.52
18298 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS supl 261.11
18299 COURIER subs 373.03
18300 US BANK supl/food 1,462.68

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

Missy Denning, Program Director for the Family and Children’s Council, said that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  She told about FCC’s programs assisting families and seeking to prevent or stop child sexual abuse.  A benefit will be held April 1 at Washington Park in conjunction with the Exchange Club.

 

                RECEIVE PROJECT UPDATES FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS/ELECTED OFFICIALS.  County Engineer Cathy Nicholas said gravel roads are in fair condition, and the Iowa Department of Transportation is opening bids today on the Poyner Road and West 27th Street pavement projects, and also the Hammond Road bridge project.  She said interested parties could find approved dust control vendors on the county website, and that 911 sign replacements are going well.  Work will begin again soon on the Elk Run Road bridge, which affects Tyson Foods and the John Deere Northeast Site.

 

                Moved by Laylin, seconded by Schwartz that the MINUTES of the Board Meeting held March 14, 2017 be and are hereby approved as submitted. Motion carried.

 

                CONSENT AGENDA

 

Little 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             80,210.65 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS              80,210.65
  1. TO RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY AUDITOR
  2. The MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN (MMP) update submitted by Phil Thoma and Wes Thoma d/b/a Phil & Wes Thoma Beef Facility, Facility ID #68099 located in Jesup, Iowa in Black Hawk County pursuant to 567 Iowa Administrative Code §455B.
  3. TO APPROVE AND DIRECT THE CHAIR TO SIGN
  4. The RENEWAL APPLICATION for a Class “C” Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) submitted by Marlys Nissen d/b/a Mo’s One More Lounge, 4515 E Washburn Road, Washburn, Iowa.
  5. The RENEWAL APPLICATION for a Class “C” Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) submitted by Markham Inc. d/b/a La Porte City Golf Club, 9699 Bishop Road, LaPorte City, Iowa.

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                CONSENT AGENDA ENDS

 

                Little moved the following resolution seconded by White.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT between the State of Iowa, acting through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Black Hawk County in which both parties mutually agree that the County shall undertake the development, care and maintenance of state-owned real property, locally known as McFarlane Park containing 75.59 acres, pursuant to §350.7 and §461A.27 of the Code of Iowa be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same.

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

 

 

 

 

                White moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

                BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT between the State of Iowa, acting through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Black Hawk County in which both parties mutually agree that the County shall undertake the development, care and maintenance of state-owned real property, locally known as Falls Access Area containing 309.17 acres, pursuant to §350.7 and §461A.27 of the Code of Iowa be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same.

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

                Moved by Schwartz, seconded by Laylin to direct the County Auditor to advertise for a public hearing to be held at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Board Room 201 of the Black Hawk County Courthouse, 316 E. 5th Street, Waterloo, Iowa on the construction permit application for a confinement feeding operation.  Motion carried.

 

                Moved by Little, seconded by White that the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Black Hawk County Auditor to destroy certain nonessential forms in payroll records for former employees terminated over 10 years to prepare to scan essential documents.  Motion carried.

 

                White moved the following resolution seconded by Schwartz.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Finance Director be directed to TRANSFER APPROPRIATIONS to the various operating budgets for FY17 for the offices as submitted and as shown upon the record in the office of the Finance Director with such changes being made pursuant to §331.434.6 of the Code of Iowa.

 

                                                                                                                                       INCREASE            DECREASE

GENERAL BASIC FUND

SERVICE AREA – PUBLIC SAFETY & LEGAL SERVICES

Sheriff                                                                                                                                                                  30,000

Medical Examiner                                                                                                          30,000

                Finance Director Susan Deaton said higher autopsy fees may put the Medical Examiner over budget, so this transfer will be made between departments in the same Service Area, and will be reversed when the budget is amended.

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

Country View Administrator Dennis Coleman asked that the Board authorize payment of $3000 to Brighton Consulting and Davis & Brown Law Firm to petition the Iowa Legislature and Governor’s Office to reconsider the Medicaid rates Country View receives.  He said since Country View has a clientele similar to the state institutions at Glenwood and Woodward, it should be reimbursed in the same fashion.  If this is accomplished, the facility would at worst break even, he said.  Were the Board to approve his request, Coleman said he would contact Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, the only similar county facility in the state, to see if they would participate and split the cost. 

                Schwartz moved the following resolution seconded by Laylin.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED the Board authorize payment of up to $3000 to Brighton Consulting and Davis & Brown Law Firm to petition the Iowa Legislature and Governor’s Office to reconsider the Medicaid rates Country View receives.

Laylin suggested that Finance Director Susan Deaton attend the presentation.  Coleman said she is well aware of the circumstances.

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

                NAYS:  None.                                                     Resolution adopted.

 

 

                ANY REPORTS OR INFORMATION FROM THE BOARD.  White expressed condolences to the Nick Greco family and to the families of two courthouse employees who lost loved ones.

 

The Board of Supervisors held a work session on the replacement options for the Cedar River Bridge located on Cedar Wapsi Road/Highway C57 presented by County Engineer Cathy Nicholas and Assistant County Engineer Ryan Brennan.  Alternate #1 would be 677 feet long and 40 feet wide, would be built on the site of the current bridge, would be 3.4 feet higher than the existing bridge to accommodate flood flows, would reconstruct 1300 feet of roadway, would be closed to traffic for the duration of the project (probably two years) and would cost an estimated $6.5 million.  Alternate #2 would be 690 feet long and 40 feet wide, would be built 55 feet south of the existing bridge, would be 3.9 feet higher than the existing bridge, would reconstruct 2700 feet of roadway, would leave the existing bridge open to traffic for most of the construction time, and would cost an estimated $7.3 million.  Both bridges would have a six-foot wide pedestrian path underneath the west end to access County Conservation property. 

Alternate #1 would displace two acres of right-of-way and would require the replacement of 1.5 acres of wetland.  Alternate #2 would displace five acres of right-of-way and require the replacement of three acres of wetland.  An archaeological study found an artifact near the proposed site for Alternate #2, and the State Historic Preservation Office will determine if the site is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  If so, the county would have to avoid the site or recover all the artifacts in the area, which would cost an estimated $25,000-$50,000.  The county is required to coordinate the project with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure it does not adversely affect any threatened or endangered species.  Over sixty area residents attended a public input meeting on 11/2/16.  The twenty written comments received from the public all favor Alternate #2, so that the existing bridge can remain open as long as possible.  Detour costs to the public (considering travel time, fuel and maintenance costs) would amount to over $1 million, and closing the bridge for two years would have a significant impact on area farmers that have property on both sides of the river. 

Nicholas and Brennan said they recommend Alternate #2, and presented two funding options.  Option 1 uses $3.4 million in federal bridge program aid, $1.0 million in local construction funds, and $2.9 million in state farm-to-market road funds.  They said this option would drastically reduce the amount of paving and bridge replacement projects for several years.  Option 2 is to bond for the full $7.3 million.  They recommended Option 2.  Little recalled that the Board intended to use half the proceeds from the county’s share of the increase in the state gas tax for the project, and asked how much that was.  Nicholas said that using those funds for this bridge would defer other necessary road work.  Little said sometimes projects need to be prioritized,

White said the difference between Alternates #1 and #2 was a lot to prevent a six-mile detour, and asked what the vehicle count for the bridge was.  Brennan said about 1000 a day.  Magsamen asked if flood patterns would change due to construction.  Brennan said the bridge will be higher; thus the 100-year flood plain would stay the same.  Schwartz asked about the disposition of artifacts.  Brennan said they are donated to the University of Northern Iowa. Magsamen asked if a combination of existing funds and bonding could be used.   Finance Director Susan Deaton said she thought a bond project may have to be fully covered by the bond amount, but she would check.  She said that bonding for the project over ten years starting in FY19 would keep the county’s debt service at the current level for the next five years, barring other bonding.

The Board discussed other future projects and their relative necessity.  Nicholas and Brennan said they needed a decision on which bridge alternative and which funding option the Board supported as soon as possible in order to make timely plans for this and other projects.  They said they would come back with a revised proposal as soon as Deaton learned what is possible under the law.

On motion and vote the meeting adjourned.

 

Frank Magsamen, Chair, Board of Supervisors

Grant Veeder, County Auditor