Regular Meeting

December 11, 2001

 

The Board of Supervisor met in Session on the above date with the following members present: O’Farrell, Magnusson, Condon, Peterson and Chairperson Kirkberg. Absent none.

 

Moved by Magnusson, seconded by O’Farrell to approve minutes of meeting December 4, 2001. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by O’Farrell, seconded by Peterson to receive and place on file the following Drainage Repairs:  D.D.#247-7, D.D.#16-31 Laterals 2 and 4, D.D.#31 Relief and D.D.#12-38.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by Peterson, seconded by Condon to approve salary increases for Greg Bornem and Cherrice Ehrich, MH/DD Case Managers to $30,450, effective December 10, 2001, per recommendation of Irene Blair.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by Condon, seconded by Magnusson to authorize Chair to sign Assurance document associated with Career Link Grant Program on behalf of Construction Careers Training. (Copy on file in Auditor’s Office).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by Magnusson, seconded by O’Farrell to receive and place on file certified list of persons who passed the entrance examination tests for Deputy Sheriff in Webster County on November 2, 2001 as submitted by the Webster County Civil Service Commission.  (Copy on file in Auditor’s office).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by O’Farrell, seconded by Peterson to receive and place on file Iowa Department of Corrections Jail Inspection Report.  (Copy on file in Auditor’s office).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by Peterson, seconded by Condon to table Property/Liability Insurance bids until next week (December 18, 2001).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

At l0:30a.m. a Public Hearing on the proposed improvements for Rabiner Treatment Center application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was held.  The following information was presented: 

 

A)    How the need for the proposed activities were identified:  Rabiner Treatment Center is a residential treatment center for at-risk boys between the ages of 12 and 17.  In 1999, when Brad Klug assumed the role of CEO, only one of the facility’s four residential cottages was suitable for use, and Rabiner was only serving six clients.  Since that time, Rabiner has remodeled three of the four cottages, including the one in operation in 1999.  Rabiner Treatment Center currently serves 54 youths in its residential programs and has a waiting list of referrals.  Some of these potential clients could be served with the renovation of the fourth cottage on the campus.  Additionally, renovation of a vacant building on the campus for use as a counseling center will benefit all of the facility’s current and future clientele and families.

B)     How the proposed activities will be funded and sources of funds:  The estimated cost of the project is $780,600.  The County will request funding from the State of Iowa’s CDBG Community Facilities and Services Fund in the amount of $350,000 and will finance $420,600 with a loan through USDA Rural Development.  Rabiner Treatment Center will also provide a $10,000 cash match and may also provide in-kind match whenever possible.

C)    Date application will be submitted:  December 2001.

D)    Requested amount of Federal funds:  $350,000 in CDBG funds; $420,600 in USDA Loan funds.

E)     Estimated portion of federal funds requested that will benefit persons of low and moderate income:  100% of the funds will benefit LMI persons.

F)     Where the proposed activities will be conducted:  The proposed project will be conducted on the campus of Rabiner Treatment Center, located approximately one mile north of Iowa Highway 7 on County Road P41.

G)    Plans to minimize displacement of persons and businesses as a result of funded activities:  No displacement of persons or businesses will occur.

H)    Plans to assist persons actually displaced:  No displacement of person or businesses will occur.

I)       The nature of the proposed activities: Rabiner Treatment Center intends to renovate a 15-bed residential treatment facility to increase the number of clients the agency can serve.  Rabiner also intends to renovate an existing vacant building for use as a counseling center for all of the facility’s 54 current clients and their families, as well as all of the new clients and their families the agency will be able to serve after renovating the 15-bed cottage.  Rabiner also intends to replace 8 existing septic systems with two larger, more efficient systems.

 

Moved by Condon, seconded by Magnusson to close said public hearing and authorize the Chair to sign the appropriate grant application documents. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment was completed as required for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, therefore moved by Magnusson, seconded by O’Farrell to receive and place on file the same:

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT

 

Community Name: Webster County, Iowa

 

Community Development and Housing Needs of LMI Persons.

  1. Increase the number of decent, affordable starter homes in Webster County.
  2. Reduce the number of homeless persons in Webster County.

 

Other Community Development and Housing Needs.

1.  Increase the number of small community grocery stores in Webster County.

  1. Increase public transportation opportunities in Webster County.
  2. Increase the level of affordable day care services in Webster County.
  3. Increase the number of senior citizen centers in Webster County.

 

Planned or Potential Activities to address Housing and Community Needs,

1.  Increase public education on availability of public housing assistance and availability of affordable housing in Webster County.

  1. Explore funding options to assist potential homeowners of low-to-moderate income.
  2. Explore funding options of potential facilities for day care and senior citizen centers in the County.
  3. Encourage local entrepreneurs to open and manage grocery stores in the County’s small communities and explore ways to provide financial and/or technical support for those business owners.

 

Date and location assessment was prepared:  December 11, 2001 at Fort Dodge, Iowa.

 

Number of local residents participating:  11.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

At 11:00a.m. a Public hearing to receive bids for 2001 Law Enforcement Center Simplex Fire Alarm System was held.  One bid was received.  Moved by Magnusson, seconded by O’Farrell to award bid in the amount of $115,600, to Bemrich Electric. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jeanette Miller representing Children and Families of Iowa to discussed fiscal year 2003 funding and updated the Board of the Family Crisis Program.  No action taken.

 

Moved by O’Farrell, seconded by Peterson allow claims. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Adjournment.