Board of Supervisors Minutes
June 22, 2020

The Tama County Board of Supervisors met at 9:30 a.m. June 22, 2020 by phone during the COVID-19 crisis due to 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. To participate in the meeting, you may call 641-484-3980, 641-484-6593 or 641-484-2740 to be put on speaker phone and participate. If there is a public hearing, it will be held with Zoom.  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 

Present:  1st District Supervisor, Larry Vest; 2nd District Supervisor, Kendall Jordan and 3rd District Supervisor, Dan Anderson.

Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to approve the minutes of the June 15th regular meeting.   All voted aye.  Motion carried

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

The Board discussed the possibility and options for re-opening the County Administration Building on State Street.  This houses the Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Assessor, Board of Supervisors and Maintenance offices.  Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve the following recommendations: 
The Tama County Board of Supervisors has decided to continue to allow access to the County Administration Building by appointment only for a nine day period, starting Monday, June 22nd through Tuesday June 30th.  July 1st the building will be open to the public to conduct regular business.  Masks will still be required while in the Administration Building.  Appointments will still be required for driver’s licenses until further notice.  Regular office hours will be followed.  During this time the following protocol will be followed: 

  1.  Doors are closed to the public, through June 30th.  Conduct business by appointment only.
    1. Upon arrival for a scheduled appointment, call the department for admittance until July 1st.
  2. Calls are received and screened to determine the service needed. 
  3. Recommend 1 person enter the building per transaction.
  4. County Treasurer’s drop box will remain available at the building’s south entryway.
  5. Masks will be worn upon entry.  If you don’t have one, one will be provided.
  6. Recommend using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the facility. 

The Tama County Board of Supervisors appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding throughout this epidemic and being patient with the employees as we begin to move forward with opening up County facilities.   These precautions are being taken to protect the public and the County employees.

The Supervisors met by phone with Katherine Ollendieck, Economic Development Director, to discuss pending action to take control regarding wind farms from counties and giving it to the State.  This will affect zoning and building permits in the county along with the ability to increase property taxes, local job opportunities, lease payments to land owners, all of which has a significant economic impact on counties.  She asked the Supervisors to take action and write a letter of support to keep the control with the counties.  Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to write a letter of support to the Iowa Utilities Board in favor of keeping control of decisions regarding wind farms with the counties.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

County Auditor, Laura Kopsa, asked the Board for end of year transfer of funds for the Voting Equipment Fund for the purchase of new voting machines budgeted for in FY2021.  She has already set aside $38,000 for this purchase from her previous leftover funds from past years.  Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to approve the following resolution for the transfer of funds:
RESOLUTION 6-22-2020A
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tama County Board of Supervisors approve the following transfer of funds as listed:
$95,000 from the General Supplemental Fund (0002) to the Voting Equipment Fund (1800) for future election equipment purchases.
Roll Call Vote: Vest, aye. Jordan, aye.  Anderson, aye.  Resolution passed and adopted this 22nd day of June 2020.  Dan Anderson, Chairman, Board of Supervisors.

Motion by Vest, seconded by Jordan to set the Drainage District 1 Levy at 15% as requested by the Drainage Trustees.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

The Supervisors went over the results of the canvass of the June 2, 2020 Primary Election.  The following persons were nominated:
Board of Supervisors District 2:  Kendall Jordan, Democratic Party; William Faircloth, Republican Party; Libertarian Party, no nominee.
Board of Supervisors District 3:  Daniel Anderson, Democratic Party: Republican Party, no nominee; Libertarian Party, no nominee.
County Auditor:  Laura Kopsa, Democratic Party; Republican Party, no nominee; Libertarian Party, no nominee.
County Sheriff:  Jeffrey Schrock, Democratic Party; Dennis Kucera, Republican Party; Libertarian Party, no nominee.
Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to declare the canvass complete and certify the results of the election to the proper jurisdictions.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Motion by Jordan, seconded by Vest to approve the claims for payment as presented.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Chairman Anderson adjourned the meeting at 10:23 a.m.