The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors opened its meeting this week with the second reading of the ordinance to amend the zoning map to change a parcel in Scott Township section 12 from Agricultural 1 to commercial-1. Supervisor Jim Gustafson asked that the board request a monitoring well be put into the lagoon for Binder's livestock trailer wash bay. That motion carried. The final reading is set for August 1 at 8:30 a.m.
There was another second reading to change a parcel in Hayes Township section 20 from agricultural-1 to Industrial-1 to open a condo storage unit with Zylstra storage condo association. The motion to approve carried. The third reading is set for August 1 at 8:40 a.m.
Environmental health/zoning director Kim Johnson brought the Department of Natural Resources first draft of the construction permit for Rembrandt Enterprises to build four buildings for expansion. The motion to concur with the DNR's draft was carried.
County Engineer Jon Ites presented a proposal to the board for an agreement with Natural Resources Conservation Service to help repair Three-Mile Bridge in the north end of the county. The project was estimated to cost $268,920 with the county only required to pay 45% of the cost at $121,014. The board agreed to the proposal.
Ites also brought up possibly donating to Washington County in support of that county's lawsuit against a railroad company. Funds would be taken from the county's secondary road fund and sent to Iowa State Association of Counties to be redistributed to Washington County. Supervisor Gustafson questioned if it was legal to be able to do such a transfer. Ites said he checked into it and found it was legal. The board approved to send a letter of intent.
Finally, Ites asked for approval of utility permits. The permits were approved. Board chairman Bill Lanphere asked the board to consider the idea of possibly adding a fee for utility permits.
"I'm not asking for a motion, just asking the question if we should add a fee for the time it takes to check the site and to go over the approval," Lanphere said.
At the end of the meeting, Jim Nord of Next Incorporated introduced himself and suggested to the board that his company be considered for the role of master planners of the remodeling of the courthouse after the planned new jail is completed. The company would interview different people in the courthouse to find out the needs and then offer up plans to help with the remodeling in such a way to maximize building functionality, he said.
Gustafson was concerned about the cost of hiring the firm and worried that the board will not get what they want.
Nord said that he would look at the floor plans of the courthouse and walk the site to get an understanding of the groundwork. He will have a proposal with cost estimate to the board for the August 1 meeting.