The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met for their regularly scheduled meeting in the third floor conference room of the Mahaska County Courthouse Monday morning.
Dave Sedivec gave a report on Mahaska County Conservation. He said that the shooting range at Russell Wildlife is temporarily shut down. He said volunteers are working to clean it up and expand it from a 50 yard range to a 100 yard range. Sedivec also said that spring activities are starting up, and recent programs have been going well. He said the hide-tanning program had around 21 people bring hides, and around 115 people came to the Maple Syrup Festival at Eveland Access.
Northland Securities gave a presentation on bonding for the Local Option Sales Tax if it passes. The financing group gave the board multiple scenarios for both the recreation center and the Environmental Learning Center as options for how to finance the county projects. It was noted that the presentation from Northland Securities was informational, and nothing is set in stone yet.
The Supervisors also touched on the Employee Assistance Program. The Employee Assistance Program will go into effect July 1st for county workers.
There was also discussion on ballot language for a second vote if the Local Option Sales and Services Tax did not pass in the county. It was proposed from a representative of unincorporated Mahaska County that 80% go towards maintenance or construction of roads and bridges, and associated infrastructure of portions of unincorporated Mahaska County, with 20% going towards construction of the Environmental Learning Center, with leftover funds going towards roads. The Supervisors elected to not discuss the topic until the vote happens in early May.
In other business:
- Approved Ordinance #24 – Mahaska County Speed Ordinance for 230th Street on the east side of Highway 63 North, as well as Lincoln Avenue
- MCARD gave a report on events in the county
- Payroll changes were approved, as well as a weed notice publication
- A resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Improvement Plan, assignment of funds, and approval of transfers was approved
- A resolution for Economic Development Funding was approved
The next scheduled meeting of the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors is set for Monday, April 4th, at 9 AM at the Mahaska County Courthouse in Oskaloosa.