Tama County Supervisors met Wednesday, Jan. 2, for their organizational meeting and installation of recently elected officials. Those officials include Sheriff Dennis Kucera, County Auditor Laura Kopsa, Second District Supervisor Kendall Jordan and newly elected Third District Supervisor Dan Anderson. First District Supervisor and Chairman Larry Vest read the oath of office to all four.
Following the installation of officers Kendall Jordan was elected as Chairman of the Supervisors for the 2013 year. Dan Anderson was elected as Vice-Chairman.
County Auditor Laura Kopsa was authorized to pay postage, express freight, wages and salaries prior to being audited by the Board of Supervisors and to pay all claims as signed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors in 2013.
Sworn in by Tama County Board of Supervisors Chair Larry Vest (left) for new four-year terms were county officials from (left) 2nd District Supervisor Kendall Jordan, 3rd District Supervisor Dan Anderson, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Laura Kopsa and Sheriff Dennis Kucera. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
The Tama News Herald and the Traer Star Clipper newspapers were designated as the official newspapers for Tama County for the year 2013.
A resolution was approved for temporary road closures. The agency having jurisdiction and control over any highway in the state, or the chief engineer of the agency when delegated by such agency, may temporarily close sections of a highway when reasonably necessary because of construction, reconstruction, maintenance or natural disaster, and shall cause to be erected ROAD CLOSED signs and partial or total barricades in the roadway at each end of the closed highway section and on the closed highway where that highway is intersected by other highways if such intersection remains open. Any numbered road closed more than forty eight hours shall have a designated detour route. The agency having jurisdiction over a section of highway closed in accordance with these provisions or the persons or contractors employed to carry out the construction, reconstruction or maintenance of the closed section shall not be liable for any damages to any vehicle or any injuries to any person that enters the closed section of highway, unless the damages are caused by gross negligence of the agency or contractor.
The following banks being designated as depositories is the State Bank of Toledo for the County Recorder in the amount of $125,000, the County Auditor $20,000 and the County Sheriff for $200,000 as well as the Farmers Savings Bank in Traer $10,000, Great Western Bank of Gladbrook for $10,000 and The Lincoln Savings Bank in Tama for $25,000.
The County Treasurer, Michelle Yuska, was authorized to deposit county funds as follows:
Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust of Des Moines for $3,000,000
State Bank of Toledo, for $12,000,000
Dysart State Bank, Dysart for $2,000,000
Chelsea Savings Bank, Belle Plaine, Clutier and Traer, for $2,000,000
Lincoln Savings Bank $12,000,000
Great Western Bank, Gladbrook, for $3,000,00
United Bank & Trust, Marshalltown, $3,000,000
The following appointments were made
County Buildings including the Care Facility--the Board
Decat Executive Board (DHS) Dan Anderson
DHS Advisory Board, Dan Anderson
E911 Board, Kendall Jordan
County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Kendall Jordan
Tama County Economic Develop Commission, the entire board
Early Childhood Iowa (County Auditor ad Fiscal Agent), Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as an alternate
Farm Administration and county farm rental, Kendall Jordan
Livestock Evaluation, Dan Anderson
Board of Health Services, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate
Health Insurance Advisory Group and contact person for Insurance information Larry Vest
Heartland Insurance Coordinator, Susan Jones
Heartland Risk Pool Ins., County Trustee, Larry Vest
Heartland Insurance, Alternate Trustee, Kendall Jordan
6th Judicial District, Dan Anderson
Tama County Day Care (dba Kids Corner Daycare) Kendall Jordan and Dan Anderson
Tama County Mental Health, the entire board
Northeast Iowa Response Group (NIRG), Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest, alternate
R.C.&D. Commission (DNR & US Fish & Wildlife), Kendall Jordan
Region VI Planning Commission, Kendall Jordan
Safety Coordinators-Risk Pool Insurance, Lyle Brehm, Engineer and Dirk Henle, Maintenance Supervisor.
ADA Coordinator, Dirk Henle
SATUCI. Dan Anderson
Workforce Development, Kendall Jordan
Central Iowa Juvenile Detention, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan alternate
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate
Landfill Commission, the entire board
County Social Services Region, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate
County Engineer, reappointed Lyle Brehm
CPC, reappointed Todd Rickert
Medical Examiner Dr.Dennis Mallory, D.O.
Deputy medical examiner, Michael McCune, M.D.
Medical Examiner Investigators: Brian Ellenbecker, Deputy Sheriff
Greg Johnson, Toledo EMS, Craig Karr, Meskwaki Police Dept., John Carr Tama Police Dept., Bruce McEltree and DalLynn McEltree, Toledo.
Reliefe Director and Veterans Affairs, Elizabeth Ledvina
Weed Commissioner, Dirk Henle
Zoning Administrator, Roy Silhanek.
Holidays to be observed by the county for 2013 are
Presidents Day, Monday February 18
Good Friday, Friday, March 29
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
July 4, Thursday, July 4
Labor Day, Monday, September 2
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29
Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24
Christman Day, Wednesday, December 25
New Years Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
2013 Tama County Compensation Commission and Condemnation Proceedings appointments are"
Licensed Real Estate Brokers and Sales Persons
Mike Wedmore and Luann Kithcart, Tama
Harlan Dirks, Jason Lekin, David Dirks, Byron Witt and Rob Wobeter, Toledo
Jamie Howard, Traer, Julie Elliott, Dysart and Ardene Cross, Clutier
Farm Owner Operators
Judy Wendel and Mark Volkens, Gladbrook
Dave Bacon, Garwin,
Rod Richardson and Wayne Wilcox, Tama
Barry Ewoldt, Traer
LeRoy Hoskey and Carl Wagner, Jr. Chelsea
Richard Krafka, Dysart
Roger Ferriss, Toledo
Owners of Town Propery:
Jay Whannel, Traer,
Larry Frese, Chelsea
Rita Cranston, Dysart
Charles Bearden, Gladbrook
Chester Bearden, Gaylan Musgrave and Joe Boll, Toledo
Tracy Brady, Tama
Elmer Chalupsky, Elberon
People with Knowledge of Real Estate Values:
Loren D. Lorenzen, Traer
Angie Kunch, Garwin
Rich Krug, Keving EiKamp, Dysart
Wayne Gray, Tama
Steven Baumeier, Gladbrook
Ken Carson, Jake Jacobson, Randy VanDyk, and Stan Upah, Toledo
A resolution was adopted for a construction evaluation relating to the construction of a confinement feeding operation sturcture. Only counties that have adopted a construction evaluation resolution and submitted an adodpted recommendation may contest the DNR's decision regarding a specifid application.
Board of supervisors meetings will continue to be on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Supervisor meeting room.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm presented the policy on plowing snow to the supervisors. Brehm says the trucks with a blade will go out at 5:00 a.m. on hard surfaced roads, and the maintainers will go out at 6:00 a.m. on the rock roads. Brehm says he does not like for the equipment to be out in the dark.
Brehm also stated the last snow storm came on a Wednesday night and blizzard conditions contiuned through Thursday, making it Friday before the county equipment could get out to plow. Holidays did not help.
The Salt Creek Township had a vacancy for a township trustee. The person who received more than on vote refused to accept the position. Several persons received one vote so their names were put into a hat with one being drawn out for the vacancy. Paul Kupka's name was drawn.
Claims for the past week approved totaled $373,450.