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Supervisors Approve Appointments For New Year

January 9, 2018
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

With the advent of the New Year, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors made several appointments and committee assignments during the first meeting of the new calendar year on Jan. 2.

Among the first appointments made by the Supervisors were members of the Eminent Domain Compensation Board. The Eminent Domain Board is comprised of business people Ted Wentzel, John Spies, JoAnn Schoning, Wm. S. Brown, Jeff Treveer, Joe Noonan, Mike Gehrt and Ron Larson; farmers Ray Brown, Gerald Thatcher, Fred Schmidt, Dan Chism, Kathy Cramer, Jerome Kuyper and Craig Thu; city and township property owners Chad Clausen, Mike Flaherty, Matt Greene, David Morey and David Nielsen and realtors Jerry Besch, Judy Johnson, Vic Johnson, Jack Nolan, Mike Wentzel, Jerry Holland, Norlyn Stowell, Roger Wagner, Brian Jackson and Jay Bargman.

Along with the public appointments, the Supervisors also accepted their own committee assignments for the coming year. Board Chair Ron Graettinger will serving on the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Board, Decategorization (DECAT) Board, Compass Pointe board, Solid Wast Task Force, AgCommittee, and will also serve as an alternate to the Emergency Management Board and the Season's Center Board.

Board Chair Pro-Tem Craig Merrill will serve on the Northwest Iowa Care Consortium Governance Board, as well as the Enterprise Zone Board, Third Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Board, Economic Development, Courthouse Security Committee, Safety-Wellness Committee, Mid Iowa Growth Partnership and Green Ribbon Commission, as well as serving as alternate tot he Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Board and North Central Regional Emergency Response Commission.

Supervisor Keith Wirtz will serve on the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Board, Empowerment Board, Season's Center Board, HIPPA?Compliance Board, Drainage Advisory Board, County Safety-Wellness Committee and the Iowa Drainage District Association Board.

Supervisors Linus Solberg will serve on the County's E-911 Board along with the Emergency Management Board, North Central Regional Emergency Response Commission, Solid Waste Task Force and will also serve as an alternate to the Compass Pointe Board, Upper Des Moines Opportunity Board, Ag Committee, Northwest Iowa Care Connections Consortium Board and the Drainage Advisory Board.

Supervisor Roger Faulstick will serve on the RIDES?Board of Directors, along with the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Board, the Homeward Housing Trust Fund Board, Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Commission, Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority Board and the Iowa Workforce Development Board, as well as serving as alternate to the Economic Development Board.

The Supervisors also met with Palo Alto County Zoning Administrator Joe Neary Department of Natural Resources' Master Matrix program for construction of confinement animal feeding operations.

Neary presented the Supervisors with a map of the counties participating in the Master Matrix Construction Evaluation program. Out of 99 counties, 88 participate in the Construction Evaluation program.

Participation in the program allows the county to appeal any DNR Master Matrix ruling if the situation arises. Counties that do not participate do not have the right to appeal.

After a brief discussion, Linus Solberg moved to introduce and approve the Construction Evaluation Resolution. Supervisor Roger Faulstick offered a second and on a roll call vote, the resolution was adopted on a unanimous 5-0 vote.

With budget time rapidly approaching, Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser advised the board to plan on a budget workshop of Tuesday, January 23, at which time the various county Department heads will have submitted their budgets for the coming fiscal year. The board will also then meet on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to finalize the budgets.

A public hearing on the FY 2018-19 budget is tentatively set for Tuesday, March 6, at 9:30 p.m. in the Board room at the Courthouse.

In final action, the Board also postponed a scheduled hearing for proposed improvement to Drainage District 61 until February 27 at 10 a.m. at the Palo Alto County Elections Center. The hearing is being postponed due to delayed responses from federal regulators regarding requirements of the new Iowa Stream Mitigation policy in regards to the proposed improvements to the DD61 Main open ditch and a potential outlet stream.



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