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2021-08-17 Board of Supervisors Meeting

AUGUST 17, 2021, THIRTY-THIRD MEETING OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 

The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.  Board members present were Monson, Ung,  Wright, De Witt, and Radig.  Staff members present were Karen James, Board Administrative Assistant, Melissa Thomas, Human Resources Director, Dennis Butler, Finance Director, Joshua Widman, Assistant County Attorney, and Patrick Gill, Auditor/Clerk to the Board.

The regular meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and a Moment of Silence.

Andrew Valasek, Sioux City addressed the Board with concerns of employees smoking in front of county buildings.

Motion by Radig second by Monson to approve the agenda for August 17, 2021. Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by Radig second by De Witt to approve the following items by consent:

To approve minutes of the August 10, 2021 meeting.  Copy filed

To approve the claims totaling $338,725.98.  Copy filed.

To approve the lifting of tax suspension for Brenda Wheelen, 520 Ascot St., parcel #894825205010.  Copy filed.

To receive for signatures a Resolution naming depositories for.

RESOLUTION NAMING DEPOSITORIES

RESOLUTION #13,221

BE IT RESOLVED by the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors in Woodbury County, Iowa:  That we do hereby designate the following named banks to be depositories of the Woodbury County funds in amounts not to exceed the amount named opposite each of said designated depositories and Patrick Gill, Woodbury County Auditor is hereby authorized to deposit the Woodbury County funds in amounts not to exceed in the aggregate the amounts named for said banks as follows, to wit:

                                                                                                  MAXIMUM DEPOSIT              MAXIMUM DEPOSIT

                                                                                                    In the effect                                 under the

                                                                                                          Prior                                  resolution      

NAME OF DEPOSITORY              LOCATION                                resolution        

US Bank                                        Sioux City, Iowa                       $ 10,000                                    $10,000 

Security National Bank                Sioux City, Iowa                          $ 750,000                            $1,000,000        

SO RESOLVED this 17th day of August, 2021              

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

To receive the County Recorder’s Report of Fees Collected for the period of 04/01/21 through 06/30/21.  Copy filed.

To receive the appointment of Meagan Foresman and Tammy Porter as board members to the River Valley School District.  Copy filed.

To receive the appointment of Jonathan Kuhlmann to the Anthon Council position.  Copy filed.

To approve the transfer of James Martin, Equipment Operator, Secondary Roads Dept., effective 08-18-2021, $25.31, -1%=$-.30/hr.  Position Transfer from Motor Grader to Equipment Operator.  Copy filed

To approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign the Authorization to initiate the hiring process for P/T Courthouse Safety and Security Officer, County Sheriff Dept.  Wage Plan comparability with AFSCME Courthouse: $17.78-$19.53.  Copy filed.

To approve to provide flu shots to Woodbury County Employees.  Copy filed.

To approve to provide wellness screenings and continued quarterly individual health coaching to eligible Woodbury County employees.  Copy filed.

To approve the permit to work in the right of way for HVZ, LLC – Judy VanZandschulp.  Copy filed.

To receive the 4th quarter report from SIMPCO for fiscal year FY20-21.  Copy filed.

To approve to de-obligate $1,179 from the FY21-22 LOST budget for SIMPCO dues and transfer those funds to the LOST unallocated reserves budget.  Copy filed.

Carried 5-0.

A public hearing was held at 4:35 p.m. for the sale of parcel #884706433016, 2637 S. Nicollet St.  The Chairperson called on anyone wishing to be heard.

Motion by De Witt second by Monson to close the public hearing.  Carried 5-0.

Motion by Monson second by De Witt to approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution for the sale of real estate parcel #884706433016, 2637 S. Nicollet St., to Bill Margello and Krysia Heimstra, 2626 S. Cleveland St., Sioux City, for $325.00 plus recording fees.  Carried 5-0.

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD

OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA

RESOLUTION #13,222

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Woodbury County, Iowa, that the offer at public auction of:

 By Bill Margellos & Krysia Heimstra in the sum of Three Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars & 00/100 ($325.00)-----------------------------------------------------dollars.

For the following described real estate, To Wit:

Parcel #884706433016

Lot Sixteen (16) in Block Eight (8) of Normandy Addition to City of Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa

(2637 S. Nicollet St.)

Now and included in and forming a part of the City of Sioux City, Iowa, the same is hereby accepted: said

Amount being a sum LESS than the amount of the general taxes, interests, costs and penalties against the said Real Estate.

BE IT RESOLVED that payment is due by close of business on the day of passage of this resolution or this sale is null and void and this resolution shall be rescinded.

BE IT RESOLVED that per Code of Iowa Section 569.8(3 & 4), a parcel the County holds by tax deed shall not be assessed or taxed until transferred and upon transfer of a parcel so acquired gives the purchaser free title as to previously levied or set taxes.  Therefore, the County Treasurer is requested to abate any taxes previously levied or set on this parcel(s).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chairman of this Board be and he is hereby authorized to execute a Quit Claim Deed for the said premises to the said purchaser.

SO DATED this 17th Day of August, 2021.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

Information was presented by John Malloy, WCICC-IT, about Board of Supervisors Room AVi – proposed upgrade.  Copy filed.

Ken Eyres, Lawton, Dylan Hinds, Bronson, Ciara Alioth, Correctionville and Nick Lahrs, Bronson addressed the Board 

Motion by Ung second by Wright to initiate the hiring process for one full-time Operations Officer-Paramedic.  Carried 3-2; De Witt and Monson opposed.  Copy filed.

Motion by De Witt second by Monson to approve the contract for project #L-B(O102)—73-97 with Dixon Construction for $335,988.40.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

The Board recessed for a meeting of the Bennett McDonald Smithland Drainage Districts.

The Supervisors meeting was called back to order.

Motion by De Witt second by Monson to approve seeking bids for demolition of the shuttered Prairie Hills Building.  Carried 4-1; Radig opposed.  Copy filed.

Motion by De Witt second by Monson to approve the Finance/Budget Director to seek bids to survey the county farm and also have Sedgwick, Brennan, Tally & Co. update the abstract for the county farm.  Carried 5-0.  Copy filed.

Motion by De Witt second by Monson to approve and authorize the Chairperson to sign a Resolution approving and authorizing the usage of a portion of the fiscal recovery funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”).  Carried 5-0.

RESOLUTION #13,223

RESOLUTION APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE

USAGE OF A PORTION OF THE FISCAL RECOVERY

FUNDS UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

(“ARPA”)

WHEREAS, Woodbury County (the “County”) and the City of Sioux City (the “City) are the incorporating units of the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Authority (the “Authority”); and

WHEREAS, the general purpose of the Authority is to design, construct, equip and furnish a new law enforcement center including the acquisition of land for such purposes for the joint use of the County and the City; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to a special election on March 3, 2020, the Authority is authorized to issue its Law Enforcement Center Facilities Revenue Bonds in an amount not exceeding the amount of $50,300,000 for the purpose of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing a law enforcement center including the acquisition of land for such purposes for the joint use of the County and the City; and

WHEREAS, the construction budget for the new law enforcement center was estimated at approximately $43,000,000; and

WHEREAS, competitive bids were solicited by the Authority and two bids were received; and

WHEREAS, the Authority approved a construction contract in the approximate amount of $58,390,000 with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder; and

WHEREAS, total project costs including the $58,390,000 construction contract plus additional soft costs (e.g., consulting fees, land acquisition, costs of issuance, etc.) are currently expected to be approximately $65,076,000; and

WHEREAS, based on these current projections there is a funding gap of approximately $15,576,000; and

WHEREAS, the County believes that the increased costs over and above the original construction estimates are at least partially due to COVID-19 pandemic related conditions (e.g., HVAC systems designed to prevent dangerous cross contamination and minimizing the risk of airborne health hazards in a building delivering critical government functions, additional facilities for mental health related needs, use of materials that can be more easily sanitized, etc.); and 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2021, the ARPA was signed into law by the President of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to provide support to local governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Board expects to receive approximately $10,013,663 of Fiscal Recovery Funds under the ARPA in calendar year 2021 and approximately $10,013,663 of Fiscal Recovery Funds under the ARPA in calendar year 2022; and

WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 346.27(8) provides in part that the County may make donations of property, real or personal, to the Authority as deemed proper and appropriate in aiding the Authority to effectuate its purposes; and   

WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 346.27(9)(j) provides in part that the Authority may accept donations, contributions, capital grants, or gifts from individuals, associations, municipal and private corporations, and the United States, or any agency or instrumentality thereof; and

WHEREAS, it is the intention of the Board to contribute approximately $10,000,000 of the Fiscal Recovery Funds received in calendar year 2021 and approximately $5,576,000 of the Fiscal Recovery Funds received in calendar year 2022 to the Authority to be used in addition to its Law Enforcement Center Facilities Revenue Bonds for the purpose of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing a law enforcement center including the acquisition of land for such purposes for the joint use of the County and the City.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA:

Section 1.   Subject to further guidance from the Department of Treasury, the County hereby approves and authorizes a contribution of approximately $10,000,000 of the Fiscal Recovery Funds received in calendar year 2021 and approximately $5,576,000 of the Fiscal Recovery Funds received in calendar year 2022 to the Authority to be used in addition to its Law Enforcement Center Facilities Revenue Bonds for the purpose of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing a law enforcement center including the acquisition of land for such purposes for the joint use of the County and the City.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 17th day of August, 2021.

WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Copy filed.

The Board heard reports on committee meetings.

There were no citizen concerns.  

Board concerns were heard.

The Board adjourned the regular meeting until August 24, 2021.

Meeting sign in sheet.  Copy filed