Board of Supervisors Minutes
June 2019

June 4, 2019: 

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Graham and Sheldon present. Let the records show that Hickey 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. Minutes of the previous board session was read and approved. The agenda was approved as posted. 

Also present for this meeting were EMC Mike Crecelius, Safety Coordinator Jeff Shirley, Bryce Taylor, and Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today. 

There was a brief update on rehabilitation assistance & non-structural alternatives to rehabilitation of flood control projects. Sheldon discussed the meeting with Governor Reynolds. They addressed the fact that the breach at L575A is not currently being repaired. They have a meeting with USACE on June 10th. Sheldon discussed the status of other levee repairs. Graham would like Sandy Graybill to attend every couple of weeks to update the board. 

EMC Mike Crecelius met with the board regarding the evacuation order release and reentry plan. The river is at 22.9’ and climbing due to rains to the north. Crecelius recommends leaving the order in place.  Motion made by Sheldon to leave the evacuation order in place. Motion carried unanimously. The board will continue to discuss the evacuation order on a week-by-week basis. 

At 9:10 a.m., Hickey joined the meeting. 

Motion was made by Hickey to approve the following Resolution 2019-35.  Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION NO.  2019-35                                                                 

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Fremont County Board of Supervisors this 4th day of June, 2019, that the following transfer of funds be approved and made:  $600,907.00 from the Rural Services Basic Fund, share of Rural Services taxes, to the Secondary Road Fund and $54,499.00 property tax relief of local option taxes, from the Rural Services Basic Fund to the Secondary Road Fund.

Motion to approve transfer made by Hickey.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Dee Owen,

   

/s/ Terry Graham, Chairman

 aye

Fremont County Auditor

   

/s/ Randy Hickey

 aye

                                                               

   

/s/ Dustin Sheldon

 aye

Motion was made by Hickey to approve the following Resolution 2019-35.  Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION NO.  2019-36           

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Fremont County Board of Supervisors this 4th day of June, 2019, that the following transfer of funds be approved and made:  $9,486.45 from the TIF Rebate Fund, to the LMI Assistance Fund, as stated in the Waubonsie Ridge Agreement.

Motion to approve transfer made by Hickey.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Dee Owen,

   

/s/ Terry Graham, Chairman

 aye

Fremont County Auditor

   

/s/ Randy Hickey

 aye

                                                               

   

/s/ Dustin Sheldon

 aye

Motion by Hickey to approve the following tax abatement resolution for the City of Tabor. Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION NO. 2019-37

RESOLUTION ABATING TAXES ON LAND OWNED BY CITY OF TABOR

WHEREAS, the City of Tabor now owns certain property in Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa, Parcel No. 480480080000000 and 480480080010000, described as: LT 6 & PT LTS 1-4 BEG NW COR LT 1, E 85.99', S 119.5', W 86.03', ETC., City of Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa, according to the recorded plat thereof.

WHEREAS, the property is now owned by the City of Tabor and therefore should not be on the tax rolls according to Section 427.1(2), Code of Iowa,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the above described property shall be listed as exempt on the tax list of the Fremont County Auditor.  Further, all current and delinquent real property taxes are abated under Iowa Code Section 445.63.

BE IT FURTHER resolved that the Auditor and Treasurer shall enter such change orders required to abate these taxes.

Dated this 4th day of June, 2019.

Motion by Hickey and carried unanimously.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Dee Owen,

   

/s/ Terry Graham, Chairman

 aye

Fremont County Auditor

   

/s/ Randy Hickey

 aye

                                                               

   

/s/ Dustin Sheldon

 aye

Safety Coordinator Jeff Shirley met with the board regarding work comp rates. He had the annual meeting with IMWCA. The are rates are going down again for 2019-2020. This is a 22% discount from 2018-2019. They had a safety committee meeting a couple of weeks ago, as well. They discussed the fall on the south steps and possible solutions. They also reviewed a couple of other incidents. Shirley discussed the lunch and learn presented by ISAC. He briefly discussed a cell phone use policy.  

Motion by Hickey to rescind Resolution 2018-9 and replace it with Resolution No. 2019-38 due to additions to the previous resolution. Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION NO.  2019-38

RESOLUTION RESCINDING RESOLUTION 2018-9

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-9

A RESOLUTION PETITIONING THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS THE FAILINGS OF THE MASTER MATRIX

WHEREAS, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors, has been presented with several applications for permits to construct concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Fremont County, Iowa; and,

WHEREAS, CAFOs in Iowa have proliferated at a rate and number likely unanticipated by the authors of the 2002 Matrix; and,

WHEREAS, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors, has attempted to provide pertinent information regarding the siting of CAFO’s in Fremont County, Iowa; and,

WHEREAS, the current legislation and regulation applies the use of a Master Matrix that has failed to adequately differentiate between the geography, water sources and other critical considerations throughout different regions within the State; and,

WHEREAS, the failure to properly take into consideration information within the knowledge of local sources, has highlighted the failings of the Master Matrix to protect the air, water, health, “quality of life” and economic interests of the citizens we were elected to represent; and,

WHEREAS, the inadequacies of the Master Matrix in its present form have been scientifically documented and legislative remedies are needed.

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

1. The Fremont County Board of Supervisors do hereby petition the Governor of Iowa and the State Legislature to address the failings of the Master Matrix to protect the air, water, health, “quality of life” and economic interests of the citizens
    we were elected to represent.

2. The Fremont County Board of Supervisors formally requests that the IDNR be directed to suspend any issuance of any additional CAFO construction permits until such time as corrective new legislation regarding the Master Matrix can be
    adopted.

                PASSED AND ADOPTED this 6th day of February, 2018.

FREMONT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

/s/ Randy Hickey

Chairman

Attest:      /s/ Dee Owen
                County Auditor

Motion to approve made by Hickey.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Dee Owen,

   

/s/ Terry Graham, Chairman

 aye

Fremont County Auditor

   

/s/ Randy Hickey

 aye

                                                               

   

/s/ Dustin Sheldon

 aye

The board considered the revised Resolution No. 2019-39 regarding the failings of the Master Matrix and petitioning the Governor and Legislature to act on those failings. Motion by Graham to approve the revised resolution. Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION NO. 2019-39

A RESOLUTION PETITIONING THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS THE FACTORY FARM AND WATER CRISIS IN IOWA

WHEREAS, CAFOs in Iowa have proliferated at a rate and number likely unanticipated by the authors of the 2002 Matrix, resulting in an influx of medium and large CAFO’S large enough to require manure management plan; and,

WHEREAS, we recognize the important contributions of independent family farms and that the corporate factory farm model does not support independent family farms; and,

WHEREAS, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors, have stated that they feel powerless to make changes in the CAFO applications or deny them when confronted with pertinent information regarding the hazards to the public of CAFO’s in Fremont County, Iowa; and,

WHEREAS, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors has often forwarded the public’s concerns about CAFO placements to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with little consequence to the CAFOs; and

WHEREAS, the air pollution from CAFOs travels beyond the CAFO site impacting the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods, causing property values to decline, resulting in lower tax revenue and resale values of people’s investments in their homes; and,

WHEREAS, the odors, nitrates, and bacteria that result from CAFOS negatively impacts community initiatives in Fremont County to increase tourism around the rivers and lakes; and,

WHEREAS,  corporations that build CAFOs are subsidized by the public when they benefit from the Pollution Control Exemption Tax; when they put roofs over manure pits; pay lower agricultural taxes rather than corporate rates; utilize federal subsidies found in the Farm Bill for buildings; pay lower water and utility rates; cause other land owners to carry the inequitable tax burdens for road repairs caused by heavy traffic and potential water degradation; and,

WHEREAS, the current legislation and regulation that applies to the use of a Master Matrix has failed to adequately differentiate between the geography, water sources and other critical considerations throughout different regions within the State; and,

WHEREAS, the failure to properly take into consideration information within the knowledge of local sources, has highlighted the failings of the Master Matrix to protect the air, water, health, “quality of life” and economic interests of the citizens we were elected to represent; and,

WHEREAS, the inadequacies of the Master Matrix in its present form have been scientifically documented and legislative remedies are needed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE FREMONT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

Do hereby petition the Governor of Iowa and the State Legislature to address the failings of the Master Matrix to protect the air, water, health, “quality of life” and economic interests of the citizens we were elected to represent. 

Do hereby petition the Governor of Iowa and the State Legislature to institute local control so that counties can determine the appropriate siting and environmental protection requirements for CAFOs, as the Master Matrix has failed to protect our community during its 16-year existence.

Formally request that the DNR be directed to place a moratorium on any additional CAFO construction permits until there are fewer than 100 impaired waterbodies in the state of Iowa.

                PASSED AND ADOPTED this 4th day of June, 2019.
 

ATTEST:

       

       

/s/Dee Owen,

   

/s/ Terry Graham, Chairman

 aye

Fremont County Auditor

   

/s/ Randy Hickey

 aye

                                                               

   

/s/ Dustin Sheldon

 aye

Bryce Taylor with Great Lakes Insurance Company in Crescent, IA, met with the board regarding Fremont County’s ICAP renewal. He stated that he talked to a supervisor about a law enforcement grant, a safety grant, and anniversary applications. The county is currently taking advantage of the safety grant and the anniversary applications. The law enforcement grant information has been forward the Sheriff’s Office.  

Motion made by to allow Chairman Graham to sign the Rural Transit System Joint Participation Agreement with SWIPCO. Motion carried unanimously. 

In other business, claims were approved for June 7, 2019

At 9:50 a.m., there being no further business, Sheldon made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Terry Graham, Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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