Board of Supervisors Minutes
May 2020

May 6, 2020:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on May 6, 2020, in the Fremont County Courthouse Jury Room, with Sheldon and Graham present. Hickey was present by telephone. 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 moving Sidney Hometown Pride to the first item of business. 

Let the records show that Assistant County Attorney Tyler Loontjer, IT Arnold Emberton, Sherry Bohlen with Sidney Hometown Pride, Sandy Parmenter with Valley News Today, and Mark Zaccone, Bret Dublinske, and Gabe Klooster representing Invenergy were present by telephone. 

There are no updates regarding the flood. The board will continue with updates each week. 

Sidney Hometown Pride requested to put signs in the courtyard for each of the graduating 2020 seniors to show support due to the challenges of COVID-19. Motion by Hickey to allow the signs to be placed on the courthouse lawn on Friday, May 8. Hickey, aye. Sheldon, aye. Graham, abstain. 

Mark Zaccone with Invenergy called in to discuss the wind energy ordinance and their suggested changes. Also, on the call were Attorney Bret Dublinske and Gabe Klooster Lead Development Manager for Invenergy. Some of the items they had suggested changes for were language changes regarding the decommissioning of the turbines, permit application, minimum ground clearance, insurance, and setbacks. The first reading of this ordinance is at a public hearing on May 13th, 2020, at 9:45 a.m. in the Fremont County Courthouse Jury Room. 

Motion by Sheldon to allow Chairman Hickey to sign the 28E Agreement with SWIA MHDS at the region’s June meeting. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Graham to allow Vice-Chairman Sheldon to sign the Vote Safe Iowa Grant Agreement for funding for COVID-19 related expenses for the Primary Election. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 9:31 a.m., motion by Sheldon to recess until the 10:00 a.m. phone call with Page County regarding the levy for Johnson Run Drainage District. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 10:00 a.m., motion by Sheldon to reconvene the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 10:00 a.m., the board called Page County’s Boardroom for a joint meeting to discuss Johnson Run Drainage District. Present for this meeting were Vice-Chairman Sheldon, Member Terry Graham, and Auditor Dee Owen. Present by telephone were Chairman Randy Hickey, IT Arnold Emberton, Page County Board Members Chuck Morris, Alan Armstrong, and Jon Herzberg. Also present was Page County Auditor Melissa Wellhausen and Assistant Auditor Kim Behrens. 

At 10:03 a.m., EMC Mike Crecelius joined the meeting in person. 

The board discussed the work needed on Johnson Run Ditch. Hickey stated that Assistant Engineer Robbie Kromminga was going out that afternoon to get a scope of work to fix the crossing between Airport Road and Old Highway 2. The boards agreed that a levy of 50% for both boards should cover the project. Motion by Armstrong to approve a 50% levy for Johnson Run Drainage District for drainage taxes payable September 2020. Second by Hickey. Roll Call Vote: Hickey, aye. Sheldon, aye, Graham, aye. Morris, aye. Herzberg, aye. Armstrong, aye. Motion carried unanimously. 

In other business, the Recorder’s Monthly Report for April 2020 was approved. 

Claims were approved for May 8, 2020

At 10:16 a.m., there being no further business, Graham made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Dustin Sheldon, Vice-Chairman

May 15, 2020:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on May 13, 2020, in the Fremont County Courthouse Jury Room, with Sheldon and Graham present. Hickey was present by telephone. 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 Assistant County Attorney Tyler Loontjer and Engineer Dan Davis were present in person for this meeting. IT Arnold Emberton, Treasurer Alise Snyder, and Sandy Parmenter with Valley News Today were present by telephone. 

Engineer Davis stated they had a preconstruction hearing yesterday. There is still no approval from the railroad for J10 or J24. J10 will probably get started the first of next week. Reilly will be crushing material for the DOT at I29. They will use some of the crushed material for the county’s project. The road is fixed on 260th Avenue one mile south of Highway 2. They will be letting multiple roads in June. Supervisor Hickey stated that FEMA wouldn’t accept Morgan’s pictures for Scott Drainage District. They want to take their own pictures to replace the pictures that they (FEMA) lost. The board will continue with flood updates each week. 

At 9:10 a.m., Lewis Martin joined the meeting in person. 

Engineer Dan Davis met with the board for the signing of the following:

Motion by Hickey to allow Vice-Chairman Sheldon to sign work in right-of-way permit for Windstream Communications, LLC to place a new pedestal at 1503 Cemetery Road, Section 13, Township 70N, Range 43W. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Hickey to allow Vice-Chairman Sheldon to sign title sheet for Project # BROSCHBP-CO36(78) - - GA-36, Manti Bridge replacement. Motion carried unanimously. 

 Motion made by Graham to approve the cigarette/tobacco/nicotine/vapor permit renewal for Pilot Travel Centers, LLC. Motion carried unanimously. 

Auditor Dee Owen presented the board with the levy information on the board-controlled drainage districts.  The board reviewed the information. Motion by Hickey to not levy for Kilpatrick Ditch. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Sheldon to not levy for Prairie Township Relevy. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Hickey to levy 50% for Scott Township Drainage District. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Graham to levy 50% for Schultz Ditch Drainage District. Motion carried unanimously.  

The board discussed the possible reopening of the courthouse. Treasurer Snyder discussed problems other courthouses have faced since reopening. Auditor Owen asked the board to consider the Primary Election date of June 2nd when making their decision. Motion by Sheldon to table the discussion of reopening of the courthouse until the June 3rd meeting with a possible opening date of June 8th. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 9:30 a.m., Graham moved to go into public hearing on the proposed 2019/2020 budget amendment.  Motion carried unanimously.  At 9:31 a.m., hearing no comments and with no objections, motion was made by Graham to go out of public hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Hickey to approve the budget amendment along with the following Resolution 2020-26.  Graham, aye; Hickey, aye; Sheldon, aye.

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-26

RECORD OF HEARING AND DETERMINATION ON THE BUDGET AMENDMENT

And CHANGE OF APPROPRIATIONS

On this 13th day of May 2020, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in session for the purpose of amending the current operating budget adopted March 12th, 2019.  The notice and time and place of hearing was published on April 30th & May 1st, 2020.  The amendment was taken up and considered and taxpayers heard for or against the amendment as follows and amendment passed unanimously:

Expenditures                                        From                         To                     Difference

Public Safety & Legal Services              3,172,902                3,218,340                45,438
Roads & Transportation                
         5,045,000                5,445,000               400,000
Physical Health & Social Services            305,450                   314,720                  9,270      

Capital Projects                                         848,942                   868,942                20,000            

Total                                                      9,372,294                9,847,002              474,708 

Revenues

Intergovernmental                              6,248,364                   6,255,234                   6,870
Charges for Services (SO Grant)          303,945               
       308,145                   4,200
Miscellaneous                                          82,135                     121,222                 39,087

Total                                                   6,634,444                  6,684,601                 50,157 

Operating Transfers In/Out:

Operating Transfers In (new funds)   1,381,335                  1,636,498               255,163
Operating Transfers Out (new funds)1,381,335                  1,636,498          
     255,163 

Appropriations:

Roads                                                 5,653,000                 6,073,000                420,000
Sheriff                                                 2,137,517                 2,178,405                  40,888
County Attorney                                     265,118                    269,668                    4,550      

Home Health Services                           147,411                    156,681                    9,270

Total                                                  8,203,046                 8,677,754                 474,708

Amendment for necessary road projects due to flood, health insurance adjustment, health insurance claims, and grants.                 

Motion to approve made by Hickey.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Kristi O'Neal

   

/s/ Randy Hickey, Chairman

 aye

Assistant Fremont County Auditor      /s/ Dustin Sheldon  aye

   

/s/ Terry Graham

 aye

At 9:45 a.m., Hickey moved to go into public hearing on the first reading of proposed Ordinance 2020-1 regarding wind turbines. Motion carried unanimously.  Sheldon asked if anyone needed to hear the ordinance read aloud. No one needed it read aloud. Attorney Loontjer stated that he is working on describing the Loess Hills and a setback for those. He would like the board to review the setbacks at this hearing. The board asked for comments. Lewis Martin suggested looking at the counties in Missouri that just did independent studies. Their studies and The World Health Organization recommend a setback of 5,280 feet. He suggested keeping them out of the Loess Hills. He also thought perhaps the time is not now to do it with COVID-19 and that we may get more input if there not a pandemic and other people could attend. Attorney Loontjer summarized the comments that were submitted in writing were by Dennis Almquist. He was also concerned about the setbacks and the Loess Hills. Hearing no further comments Hickey made a motion to close the public meeting at 9:56 a.m.  Motion carried unanimously. The second public hearing will be held on June10th. 

In other business, the Sheriff’s Monthly Reports were approved. 

Claims were approved for May 15, 2020

At 9:57 a.m., there being no further business, Graham made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Dustin Sheldon, Vice-Chairman



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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