Board of Supervisors Minutes
March 26, 2020
Special Meeting

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The Tama County Board of Supervisors met for a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. March 26, 2020 Present:  1st District Supervisor, Larry Vest via phone; 2nd District Supervisor, Kendall Jordan, in person and 3rd District Supervisor, Dan Anderson via Zoom. 

Department heads were present either via Zoom or the phone.  The discussion centered around the COVID-19 situation and possible measures to take to protect our employees and customers/clients.  The Families First Corona Virus Response Act (from the United States Department of Labor) was discussed, this provides for emergency paid sick leave and public health emergency leave.  The effective dates for both types of leave are April 2nd thru December 31.  A copy of this is available at the Auditor’s office.  There was discussion regarding if there is a need to close offices, stagger the workforce or have employees work from home.  Each department is so different in their ability to do any of these measures that it was decided that it would be up to each department head what to do with their employees and work load during this time.  Buildings will remain closed to the public or have restricted access as they do now. 
There have been national and state disasters declared and it was discussed that the County may do the same to be able to get disaster funding for some of our disaster related costs.  So everyone was asked to keep track of expenses and employee time off related to COVID-19 so some of those costs could be recouped.  Employees with vacation time that can’t be used before the date it gets taken away will not lose it.  It will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  This will be re-evaluated in six months on October 1st. 
Chairman Anderson adjourned the meeting at 3:55 p.m.