When the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday they accepted a proposal to enter into an agreement with Kuehl and Payer for phase one of the much-discussed sanitary sewer project which will include sending questionnaires to the residents and a $2,500 maximum fee for the study of the south side of the lake and Lake Creek.
Neal Kuehl spoke with the board Tuesday and said he thought it would be wise to include a cover sheet with the questionnaire explaining the purpose and requirements for wastewater service and possible ramifications. In the proposal for phase one Kuehl said they would also assist with the interpretations of the result of the questionnaire. Members of the board said they felt this was a good way for the residents who might be hesitant to talk to the board to have an opportunity to express their input. "It's going to be interesting what we get back," said Kuehl. Kuehl and Payer say they also plan to assist the County with preliminary discussions with the City of Storm Lake and Alta regarding the areas of study.
In other county issues:
* At an earlier meeting CPC Dawn Mentzer had informed the Board that Carroll County's CPC had resigned and she had been contacted by Carroll County for some assistance.
The CPC - Central Point of Coordination leader, administrates access to disability and mental health services as required by the state. When Mentzer met with the Board Tuesday she told the County that Carroll County wanted to enter into a 28E Agreement to partner with BV in CPC services. "They did conduct interviews last week and determined their best option was to enter a 28E agreement with BV County," Mentzer said.
* BV County Engineer Jon Ites says they are looking at possibly replacing some of their motor grader equipment since some of their equipment is about 20 to 25 years old and is needing costly repairs. Ites says they are looking at paying between $30,000 and $40,000 to upgrade. "We don't want to fall back on the equipment," says Ites.
The County has also created snow maintenance agreements for four area towns. Ites says with higher fuel costs they decided to increase the rate per hour for use of the equipment an extra $10 per hour. Ites says they haven't increased the cost since 2005. "It's time," says Supervisor Lorna Burnside.
* The County Board continued their discussion of possibly switching housing trust funds. Currently they are served by Homeward Housing Fund. The county might get more funding from a change, but there is apossibility funds allocated to them for this year county be lost if they decided to change - which the board estimates could be about $4,000.
"It doesn't sound like much but it could help three families," said Supervisor Paul Merten.
The board is considering a change to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust fund in hopes of creating and preserving more affordable housing for low and moderate income persons in the region.
Carol Keiser with Northwest Iowa Regional says they currently have five counties interested in the program. Keiser said she would need a decision from the board within 30 days. "I need a decision of who's on board and who's not," she said.
"I'm concerned about a lull to get this up and running," said Merten. More discussion on the housing trust fund it expected at this week's supervisors meeting.