At the meeting, Kim Chapman was appointed as Chairman of the Board. Chapman says it’s an honor to serve with Supervisors Mark Hanson and Brad Golightly and Hanson did a great job serving as Chair in 2016, stating that a lot was accomplished.
Payroll change notices for the Auditor’s office and human resources department were approved as presented.
Dana Wernimont with Design Alliance then stated that the 902 Court Street project is still a couple weeks ahead of schedule.
An Iowa Community Assurance Pool update was then shared by Bob Lippold. The property and casualty insurance renewal was presented to the Board. The County’s net premium is $316,364, after almost $38,000 in dividends. The Board approved the renewal as presented.
A contract with Cott Systems for on-site scanning was then reviewed. County Recorder Chad Airhart says this is the final phase of the project that was implemented last summer. Cott will come out to the courthouse and scan the remaining records that are not currently available online. Airhart says this helps save space, makes the records more accessible and prevents physical documents from getting destroyed in some sort of natural disaster. So far he says he has heard no negative feedback, only positive comments from users. The Recorder’s office has already scanned in all the documents they can but the remaining records are part of bound books and not available for them to disassemble. Upon completion of this project, Airhart says the County will have 99.9 percent of the documents available online which is practically unheard of for Recorder’s office. Auditor Julia Helm says they also use the software regularly in their office The contract costs total $119,425. The Board approved the contract as presented.
Kim Owen was then appointed as the new deputy Auditor for a four year term expiring December 31st.
Annual appointments for the Board committee assignments were then approved as presented. As were official newspapers, depositories, eminent domain compensation commission and the appointment of Roger Zobel, Bruce Thorsen, Sandra Christensen to the Board of Health.
Finally, a construction evaluation resolution was also approved as presented and Operations Administrator Rob Tietz says budget meetings are expected to begin the week of January 16th.