The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday favored the least expensive of three options for upgrading the handicap accessible ramp on the northeast side of the Courthouse.
Architect Glen Huntington offered three options for a handicap ramp. The board agreed with the first option which calls for widening the existing walkway to seven feet and extending the ramp to the curb to reduce the grade. That option would cost $27,500, compared to $37,500 for a second and $40,000 for a third option.
The board also agreed to allow County Engineer Jon Ites to contact prior applicants for a mechanic's position to fill a vacancy due to a resignation. Since the position was filled four months ago, Ites did not think it was necessary to re-advertise for the position.
The Board also leaned toward an "employees first" policy as it eyes the budget for the next fiscal year.
Supervisor Jim Gustafson said the board should place a priority on employee raises in the upcoming budget planning sessions.
"I think we should stop here and move the employees up to first in the line," Gustafson said. As far as increases in other areas, said Gustafson, "Maybe we should do that after we establish raises."
"I like that," agreed Board Chair Lorna Burnside.
Environmental Health and Zoning Director Kim Johnson presented recommendations for approving subdivisions by Lucille Dannenberg in Section 29 of Hayes Township and Grant Mangold in Section 29 of Barnes Township and the board approved.
The subdivisions are essentially single-unit dwellings in ag-zoned areas and so approval was required.
The board agreed to hire Shawna Kalous as a Community Services case manager at $13.46 an hour.
Sheriff Chuck Eddy noted to the Board that Rembrandt, Linn Grove, and Truesdale do not currently have their own police department and they do not contract with the county. Eddy said state law requires municipalities to have their own law enforcement in place or contract with the county for law enforcement.
County Assessor Kathy Croker updated the board on plans by U.S. BioEnergy to apply for the New Jobs Incentives Program through the Iowa Department of Economic Development to assist in funding the Albert City ethanol plant. Croker said U.S. Bio will enter into a development agreement with the county.
In another matter related to the ethanol plant, Croker said the county's 15-year tax freeze on the property would apply only to improvements, not to the property itself.