Board of Supervisors Minutes
February 2020


February 3, 2020:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in special session on February 3, 2020, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Hickey and Graham present. Let the record show that Sheldon was not present for the start of the meeting. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 9:00 a.m. The agenda was approved as posted. 

Let the records show that Assistant County Attorney Tyler Loontjer, EMC Mike Crecelius, and Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today were present for this meeting. 

At 9:02 a.m., Alexsis Fleener with SWIPCO and Dusty Pogones with Iowa Homeland Security joined the meeting by telephone. 

The board discussed the buyout process. They discussed possibly purchasing some properties in order to keep them from having deed restrictions. Pogones suggested that the county make application to the Flood Recovery Fund for buyouts until we know that HUD will cover the cost. They discussed moving forward with all, but the two that received insurance.  

At 9:07 a.m., Kirt Manion with the Hamburg Reporter joined the meeting. 

At 9:19 a.m., Supervisor Sheldon joined the meeting. 

Pogones suggested a form for the applicants to fill out that stated whether they received insurance settlements. This will clarify any confusion that there may have been at the initial meetings. Crecelius will contact the applicants and have them fill out the forms. The board will meet again on February 10th to discuss buyouts. 

Pogones also advised the board that there is a Flood Mitigation Board Meeting on February 6th at 1;00 p.m. in Des Moines. The board asked that Fleener have the application turned in as soon as possible to be considered for the funds for the local match. 

At 9:49 a.m., there being no further business, Sheldon made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Randy Hickey, Chairman

February 5, 2020:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on February 5, 2020, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Sheldon and Graham present. Let the record show that Hickey was absent from this meeting. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 9:00 a.m. Minutes of the previous board sessions were read and approved.  The agenda was approved as posted. 

Let the records show that Assistant Engineer Robbie Kromminga, Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, EMC Mike Crecelius, Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today, and Nancy Buckalew were present for this meeting.              

The board discussed updates on flood rehabilitation assistance and non-structural alternatives to rehabilitation of flood control projects. EMC Crecelius discussed that USACE raised the releases at Gavinís Point to 35,000cfs. He discussed progress on buyout forms that need to be signed. Sheldon stated due to damage on a bridge on Western Avenue over Plum Creek they have changed their haul route in that area. Graham discussed the Flood Mitigation Meeting on Thursday, February 6th, in Des Moines. Graham stated that he will call SWIPCO to be sure they have completed the paperwork for the Flood Mitigation on Thursday in Des Moines.  The meeting is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Graham will be attending the meeting.  

Sheriff Kevin Aistrope met with the board regarding repairing the old generator or the purchase of a new generator. The board would like to fix the generator at this time. Motion by Graham to fix the current generator. Motion carried unanimously.  

Motion by Graham to sign the amended resolution for the Fremont Countyís Secondary Road Department Five Year Road Program. Motion carried unanimously.  

The board discussed the Community Disaster Loan Program. Maura Wiesen with Hagerty Consulting previously discussed this program that is for communities affected by disaster. It is a loan for operating expenses. This is a program through FEMA. Motion by Graham to not participate in the CDL Program. Motion carried unanimously. 

Nancy Buckalew with the Grape Community Hospital Foundation met with the board to ask that the green fees be waived for the Grape Community Hospital 27th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on June 12th and 13th. Motion made by Sheldon to waive the green fees. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Sheldon to approve and post the request for proposal for repairs to the county farm. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion made by Graham to allow Vice Chairman Sheldon to sign the GAX Form to draw from the CDBG Grant for the East and West Nishnabotna Watershed Project. Motion carried unanimously.  

Graham briefly discussed the housing project on which he is working. 

In other business, the Recorderís Monthly Report for January 2020 was approved. 

Claims were approved for February 7, 2020

At 9:26 a.m., there being no further business, Graham made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Dustin Sheldon, Vice Chairman 

February 10, 2020:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in special session on February 10, 2020, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Hickey, Sheldon, and Graham present. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 9:10 a.m. The agenda was approved as posted. 

Let the records show that Assistant County Attorney Tyler Loontjer, EMC Mike Crecelius, and Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today were present for this meeting. 

The board discussed the buyout process and funding for them. They discussed the meeting of the Flood Mitigation Board. Graham expressed concern with the fact that Fremont County was not approved for the local match funds. They immediately moved his housing project to the CBDG Grant instead of using the flood recovery funds. There are conflicting reports about what happened at the meeting. Graham stated that the group tabled everything at the meeting. Representative David Sieck called on Friday and stated that everything presented at that meeting was approved, except Grahamís proposal which was moved to the CBDG program. Graham stated that if we offer them money to make whole those that received substantial insurance dollars that we could resell the property and not have deed restrictions. Sheldon discussed using certain properties as a green space when possible such as property right off the interstate. It could be used as a small rest area. Assistant County Attorney Loontjer offered a plan to possibly request the flood recovery fund dollars for the entire amount of our buyouts to avoid them becoming deed restricted. The board was in favor of this option. Sheldon would like either Governor Reynolds or Paul Trombino or both to attend a board meeting. They also want Dusty Pogones with Iowa Homeland Security to attend. The board and EMC Crecelius will contact these individuals and try to set a date for a special meeting.  

Graham stated that moving forward we need to identify anything flood related that needs funding and submit it all for the CBDG Program.  

Motion by Sheldon to table any action on the buyouts until they have a meeting with Iowa Homeland Security and the Governorís Office. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 10:25 a.m., there being no further business, Graham made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                         Randy Hickey, Chairman

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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