At their recent regular meeting, County Environmental Health/Zoning Director Kim Johnson reported that Oregon Trails proposed ethanol project near Alta has submitted a re-zoning application to the Board of Supervisors on January 23. A motion made to set a public hearing for the Oregon Trail Energy, LLC's re-zoning request for February 13 at 8:30 a.m.
Several upcoming road projects were also discussed.
A motion carried to authorize plans for a project resurfacing M-27 from the Sac County line to C-65, and one resurfacing 235th St. on the east side of Albert City.
The county engineer was also directed to do a speed study on C-29 in the Albert City area.
Replacement of the Brooke Creek bridge on Highway 3 is being planned, along with the detour route to be used during construction.
In other county business:
* Head Custodian Dewyne Stucynski discussed the shower room no longer in use in the Sheriff's office. Work will be needed it to make it usable for the Environmental Health/ Zoning Department after the sheriff moves to the new Law Enforcement Center.
* Melva Urban, Newell, requested the Board's consideration of placing vending machines in the courthouse. She offered to provide snack and candy/nut machines. The Board will investigate and get back to her at a later date.
* Barb Smith, Jim Thompson and Geri Ringgenberg, of the Department of Human Services, discussed the need to replace the postage machine and copier in the Storm Lake DHS office. Like all of the other expenses of operation, approximately 48% will be reimbursed by state and federal governments. They would like to lease both items. No public hearing is required as the cost of each is under $25,000.
* Assessor Kathy Croker delivered a copy of the Request for Pollution Control Property Tax Exemption application. The Code of Iowa does not provide authority for the County to offer any other incentive for ag buildings. The Auditor will prepare a letter for C.J. Bean who had inquired about what programs are available.