Board of Supervisors Minutes
December 14, 2020

The Tama County Board of Supervisors will meet via Zoom due to the COVID-19 crisis and the fact that the Administration Building is locked to the public without an appointment, all future meetings will be held this way until further notice. For the Zoom information or if you have something you want to put on the agenda for consideration, please call or email the Auditor’s office:  641-484-2740 lkopsa@tamacounty.org 

The Tama County Board of Supervisors met at 9:30 a.m. December 14, 2020.  Present:  1st District Supervisor, Larry Vest; 2nd District Supervisor, Kendall Jordan and 3rd District Supervisor, Dan Anderson.

Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve the minutes of the December 7th regular meeting.   All voted aye.  Motion carried

The Board met with Lyle Brehm, Tama County Engineer, to get a road projects report.

The Board met with Tammy Wise, Insurance Administrator, to discuss Wellmark COVID extended benefits. Wellmark, Tama County’s insurance provider, has updated the COVID-19 guidelines to be in place through March 31, 2021.  This will include Tama County unless they elect not to participate.  Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to approve the extension of COVID-19 guidelines through March 31, 2021.  All voted aye.  Motion carried
The Board also discussed the requirements and provisions regarding testing for COVID-19 in order to have it covered by the insurance carrier.  Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve COVID-19 testing if the employee is under the care of a physician or other licensed practitioner or recommends and orders testing based on direct exposure or relevant symptoms.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Elizabeth Ledvina, Veterans Affairs Director, and Darrel Niedermann, VA Board member, were present via Zoom to discuss the replacement of the van they use due to damage in the derecho storm in August.  They have found a replacement, a 2016 Chrysler Town & County Van from Luethje Auto in Gladbrook.  The Veterans Affairs office feels they will be able to cover the cost with the insurance money and money in their current budget.  Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to approve the purchase of the van.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

The Board met with Dave Forbes, member of the Tama County Compensation Board.  This board meets, discusses and recommends compensation for the elected officials of the county. Each elected official designates someone to represent them on this board, with the supervisors having 2 representatives.   The Compensation Board met December 7th and their recommendation for elected officials for the upcoming fiscal year is a 3% increase for all elected officials.  No action taken.

At 10:00 AM the Board held a public reading/hearing of a change to Ordinance IV.5 Uniform Rural Address System of Tama County.  This is a change requested by Jeremy Cremeans, Tama County 911 Director and addresses the need to change the wording to reflect that the 911 Director and EMA Director are now two different positions held by different people.  Previously this was one position held by one person.   There were no public comments.  Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to close the hearing at 10:03 am.  Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve the first reading and waive the second and third readings of a change to Ordinance IV.5 Uniform Rural Address System of Tama County and direct the Auditor to publish a summary of the changes made.   All voted aye.  Motion carried.  This Ordinance change shall be in effect after its final passage, approval, and publication as provided by law.  Roll call vote:  Vest, aye.  Jordan, aye.  Anderson, aye.  Passed and approved this 14th day of December, 2020. Dan Anderson, Chairman Board of Supervisors.  Laura Kopsa, Tama County Auditor.

Todd Apfel, Zoning Administrator, was present to let the Supervisors know that the Board of Adjustment met and approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Salt Creek Windfarm, LLC last week.  Their proposal is for 40-60 wind turbines with construction beginning in approximately 2 years.  His Board would like the approval and acknowledgement of the Board of Supervisors also.  Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to accept the Board of Adjustments recommendation and approval of the Conditional Use Permit for Salt Creek Wind, LLC.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve the claims for payment as presented.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Chairman Anderson adjourned the meeting at 10:18 a.m.