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Practical Money Matters – March 29, 2017

By Nathaniel Sillin
Mistakes on Your Tax Return Could Lead to an Audit
You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst – an audit.
Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household. Only about one percent of taxpayers get audited, and high-income taxpayers are disproportionately targeted.
If you are audited, it might not be like you imagine. An audit could focus on a particular line entry, credit or figure, and you might only need to mail or fax a copy of the relevant paperwork, such as an insurance report or receipt.
Even so, getting audited isn’t fun. In the best case, you have to take the time to dig through your records and respond. In the worst case, you have to do all that as well as pay penalties and interest.
What can you do to help reduce your risk of audit? Audits, or examinations as they’re also referred to, could be the result of a random selection, mismatched documents, deviation from the expected “norms” for similar returns or connection to someone who’s being audited. But there are a few things you can do to help minimize your chances of being audited.
Enter all your information correctly. Take an extra few minutes to double-check the information you entered when preparing your tax return. A misspelled name or wrong number could lead to an examination.
Include information from every form with your return. When an organization sends you a tax form, it also sends a copy to the IRS. The IRS has an automated system that can flag a return when you don’t include information from one of the forms you received.
Don’t treat a hobby as a business. You might enjoy your hobby and occasionally make some money from it, but that doesn’t make it a business. Business and hobby expenses are treated differently and you can’t claim a loss from your hobby. If you try, that could be a red flag.
Know the home-office rules. Many small business owners and contractors work from home, but that doesn’t automatically mean you can claim the home-office deduction. You can’t claim a guest bedroom where you occasionally work, the room (or part of a room) must be used exclusively and regularly for business.
Only claim the EIC if you have earned income. To qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC), you need to have earned income, such as wages or salary, for the year. Other types of income, including alimony, child support, unemployment benefits and Social Security won’t qualify you for the EIC.
Working with a professional tax preparer, such as a certified public accountant (CPA) or enrolled agent (EA) could help you avoid making errors, but it doesn’t guarantee you won’t be audited. Similar types of support are sometimes offered with online tax preparation software for a fee. In either case, if you’re required to pay more tax, the bill may get passed on to you.
Don’t let fear cost you. Some taxpayers shy away from claiming legitimate credits and deductions because they fear an audit. That could be a costly choice. There’s only a small chance you’ll get audited, and it could be quick and relatively painless — especially if you keep good records.
Fear also leads thousands of people to fall victim to tax-related scams. Thieves may impersonate an IRS agent, but the IRS will never call or email you requesting a specific type of payment. The IRS only initiates contact with taxpayers by mail, and you can choose among several methods of payment when you owe money.
Bottom line: While there’s no way to guarantee the IRS won’t ask questions about your tax return, don’t let fear of an audit keep you from using the credits or deductions you can rightfully claim. Filing a complete and accurate return could help minimize your chances of an audit, and if you do receive a notice, you may be able to quickly resolve the issue by following the instructions.
 

Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors – March 21, 2017

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.

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

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

TO RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY AUDITOR
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.
TO APPROVE AND DIRECT THE CHAIR TO SIGN
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.
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

UMS Students Shine at NEIBA Band Contest

Several Union Middle School Band members participated At the NEIBA Solo Ensemble Contest on March 9, 2017, five Union Middle School students attained the rating of Highly Superior. Students earning a gold ribbon to accompany the highest rating awarded at the contest included eighth grade flute player, Sarah Roberts for her solo Gavotte by Fr. Jos. Gossec, 8th grade snare drum player, Tyson Fleshner for his solo Cut Rate March by William Schinstine, 7th grade flute player Tristen Prouse for her solo Pan, Pastorale by Johannes Donjon, 7th grade baritone player, Carlie Spore for her solo Jovial Mood by Forrest L. Buchtel, and 6th grade xylophone player, Joseph Bistline for his solos The Entertainer by Joplin/Eyles and Eli Green’s Cakewalk by Koninsky/Eyles.
Blue ribbons and “Superior” ratings were awarded to 6th graders Caleb Rivera on trumpet, Tobias Hopkins on baritone, Miya Uchiyama-Hansen on flute, and 7th graders Laura Rempe on tenor saxophone, Elle Hookham on trumpet, Cora Klein on trumpet, and 8th graders Emma Deaton on clarinet, Jacob Hill on snare drum, Kylea Neuendorf on alto saxophone, and Michael Frisbie on timpani.
Red ribbons and “Excellent” ratings were awarded to 6th graders Lance Moore on alto saxophone, Amy Caughron on clarinet, 7th graders Mae Deaton on alto saxophone, and Gabriel Jesse on clarinet.
Bill Livingston judged the contest and Mary Aschenbrenner was the contest piano accompanist.

Hawkins’ Happenings – March 29, 2017

Hop to Preschool Story Time for fluffy bunny tales on Thursday, March 30. We start the fun at 10:30 AM.
Congratulate Rachel Ward on her retirement from nearly 20 years of working at the library. Stop in from 3-6 PM on Thursday, March 30, to help Rachel celebrate a new chapter in her life.
Any library card holder can borrow the eBook Art of the Pie, by Kate McDermott, when you visit www.laportecity.lib.ia.us. This Big Library Read selection is available until Thursday, March 30, through BRIDGES.
There have been some beautiful Mondays for coffee time at the library. Don’t forget to drop in and enjoy a cup at 8 AM each week!
Our LEGO building program is Tuesday, April 4 from 4-5:30 PM. Build with bins of exciting LEGO pieces at LEGORAMA!
Preschoolers can hop in for fun and stories to celebrate the Easter holiday with “egg-citing” activities at Preschool Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 6. Due to no school, Story Time will not be held on Thursday, April 13.
National Library Week is April 9 – 15. This is a great time to explore the library and find out what it has to offer you.
Free practice tests for ACT, SAT, and other college exams are available on the library website. LearningExpress college prep tests offer a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, admissions essays, and more. Go to www.laportecity.lib.ia.us and click on LearningExpress 3.0 to start preparing.
Why rent movies when you can borrow them from the library? We have more than 2,700 titles for children, teens, and adults, available at no charge for a week.

Meditations – March 29, 2017

By Interim Pastor Rick Biedermann    American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
In or Out
It seems like too often the church (which means Christians) attempt to make decisions about who is in and who is out. We are always tempted to draw lines between us and others. It is done by religion, by denominations, by political party, by class, by race, by gender, by age, by nationalities. And too often people make judgments about who is saved and who is not. Most people know the verse, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Later Jesus asks why we are so concerned about the speck in someone else’s eye when we don’t even notice the log in our own eye. We need to deal with the log in our own eye first. (Matthew 7:1, 3-4)
We need to leave the judging up to God. Jesus spent most of his time with the people who were judged by the religious people as being unfit and not welcome. And they didn’t mind being around Jesus. Evidently they did not feel judged or excluded by the Son of God. During this heated political climate, or at any time for that matter, let us try and be less judgmental and more accepting of others.

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