The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors received funding requests for fiscal year 2010 from a number of local agencies Tuesday, including a request from the Newell Historical Society.
Marilyn Monson said the society is asking for $1,000 to assist with the repainting of the Allee Mansion located in rural Newell. The project will cost sbout $4,200. Kevin Buse of Albert City last painted the mansion in 1995. It boasts a dozen classic Victorian colors in the paint scheme. Monson said several of the windows were falling apart and would also need to be replaced.
A $5,000 grant has been gained to help with the window project.
Monson said the mansion was built in 1891. "It's an old house but very solid," says Monson.
* Janice Danielson with the BV County Genealogical Society approached the board with a $1,000 request to help purchase newspaper microfilm. She says it thrills her when someone comes in looking for information about family and by looking through their records for wedding annoucements or obituaries and are able to find it.
* Gary Lalone, Executive Director with the Storm Lake Area Development Corporation requested $30,000 from the supervisors to assist with economic developement activities the program provides for businesses and residents of the county. Lalone said they will continue to work to create jobs and expand retail, commercial and industrial capacity.
Lalone shared with the board some projects SLADC had been involved with in this past year which included donating a parcal of land to United Community Health Center to help with the center's expansion and relocation project, purchasing property to improve the site and make retail or commercial land available on W. Milwaukee Avenue and working to help two retail business open - Zone Home Entertainment and Furnitures and Floors for Less.
Lalone helped revive the Revolving Loan Fund program in the area, recruiting new trustees and renewed meetings. Lalone said they also obtained a USDA loan to help expand the Revolving Loan Fund by $400,000. He says there is now $150,000 available for industrial expansion and $500,000 for retail, commercial and/or infrastructure investment.
* The Storm Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau requested $250 from the Supervisors saying they plan to continue to help bring tourism to the area.
* BV Soil and Water Conservation requested $3,000 to help with continuation of educational projects in schools.
raises for officials
The BV County Compensation Board met with the Supervisors Tuesday to present their proposals of an 8 percent increase for the County Attorney and a 5 percent increase for the Sheriff, Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Supervisors and $1,000 extra for the Supervisors Board Chairman.
Cornelius Wabeke, representative for Sheriff Elect Gary Launderville said he felt the numbers were legitimate and not inflated.
"I think all of us realize things are tight," added Janice Danielson, representative for the County Recorder.
"I feel like I represent all the officers in the courthouse," said Wabeke. Comp board members said they felt it was time that courthouse leaders were shown appreciation for their hard work.
"I can't make any argument with you that these folks don't deserve it," said Supervisor Paul Merten. "We think we have great employees," added Chairman Dale Arends.
Supervisors have noted that they expect a tight budget for the coming fiscal year. The County took no action Tuesday and said they needed more time to look at figures.