Board of Supervisors Minutes
February 5, 2019:
The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Graham and Sheldon present. Let the record show that Hickey was not present for this meeting. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 9:00 a.m. Minutes of the previous board session were read and approved. The agenda was approved as posted.
Let the records show that Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, Mike Wake, Duane Aistrope, Al Marshall, Carl Focht, and Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today were also present for this meeting.
Brian Kingsolver with the Grape Community Hospital Foundation met with the board to ask that the green fees be waived for the Grape Community Hospital 26th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser to be held tentatively on June 7th and 8th. Motion made by Sheldon to waive the green fees. Motion carried unanimously.
Jack Reed with INCS met with the board for the approval of the new Fremont County Secondary Roads bargaining agreement. He stated that the secondary roads staff and union negotiator were pleasant to work with on the agreement. He discussed items that were in the contract that cannot be in the contract now by law. Motion by Sheldon to approve the Fremont County Secondary Roads Union Agreement as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
He also discussed the progress of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office negotiations. They have not had any meetings to date. Reed stated that because of the timetable they may want to do a quick settlement. They could end up without a contract if they don’t meet soon. Sheriff Aistrope stated that he knew that the representative had met with members of his office.
Engineer Dan Davis met with the board to discuss Cemetery Road. He sent the board an email with the original agreement and the proposed changes. At the meeting with Bill Blackburn they discussed what they would need to complete the road. Davis believes that the board needs to discuss this further. There is a possibility of abandoning the stretch of road that is impassable. Then they could acquire a property and provide another road with access from another direction. The timeline has changed and may not be feasible now that Blackburn is dealing with the Iowa DNR. The property in question now belongs to the IRS. He would like County Attorney Elliott to review the contract. Motion made to table the item until the county attorney can review it. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Sheldon to reappoint Grant Schaaf to the Civil Service Commission. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Sheldon to allow Chairman Graham to sign a letter of support for the Golden Hills RC&D Water Quality Initiative Urban Water Quality Project. Motion carried unanimously.
Dan Sturm with Hamburg Fire & Rescue Department met with the board to discuss hiring more dispatchers. He would like the board to consider this matter. He stated that he cannot count the number of times where there has been delayed action because the dispatcher was busy on other emergency calls or talking to officers. He is afraid that at some time it will make a situation worse. He cited the pursuit and accident that came through the county several months ago as one example and that there are times that the dispatcher cannot handle it. Duane Aistrope also spoke in support of the idea. He spoke about other responsibilities that the dispatchers have with the new jail such as opening doors and monitoring prisoners. Mike Wake with Tabor Fire/Rescue and a dispatcher spoke in favor and gave examples of times when he has needed help. Al Marshall with Randolph Fire/Rescue asked if the center was already set up with two stations. Sheriff Aistrope confirmed that it is. Sheldon stated what he is hearing is the need for efficiency and safety. Aistrope stated that it costs around $61,000 to put on one dispatcher for a year. If the board agrees to hire more, he would like to see them hired gradually and not all at once for training purposes. The group would just like the board to consider this in the future.
Claims were approved for February 8, 2019.
At 10:10 a.m., there being no further business, Graham made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
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