CHARLES CITY, IA – The Supervisors expressed condolences for the loss of County Attorney Normand Klemesrud who passed away unexpectedly and commented that Norm was a good friend of many. They complimented Norm for his ability to analyze a complex issue, focus on its most important parts and provide sound and ethical advice; he will be missed.
Public Comment: Steve Merrill commented on flaws he sees in the petition to remove Veterans Affairs Commission Dennis Sanvig which was presented to the Board last week, expressed shame on how people conducted themselves at commission meetings, stands behind Sanvig, and believes the rest of the commissioners are also qualified to serve and represent veterans. Bob Havner also expressed support for Sanvig, believes the Board had poor oversight of the Commission prior to Merrill being appointed, regrets signing the petition, and believes Sanvig can lead the Commission. Denny Hull claimed the attorney who drew up the petition investigated the language for a month and believes it is legal.
Updates on various boards/commissions/activities: Supv Kamm attended a landfill meeting where they discussed long range planning of equipment. Supv Kamm attended the Charles City Cultural and Entertainment District meeting where a grant was awarded to a new pool hall business. Supv Schwickerath attended a Foster Grandparent meeting. Supv Schwickerath showed his new county ID and recommends that the other supervisors and county staff visit the Emergency Management Coordinator to be issued new badges as well.
Cindy Hennigar & Drew Engebrecht, Homes Murphy & Associates, and Mark Melrose, Melrose Insurance Agent, provided information on differences in health/dental plan options each provider could offer. The Board will act on this at the next board meeting.
The Board discussed the 901 Gilbert St property. Following much discussion on the pros and cons of purchasing the property it was agree that The County Attorney’s office and Conservation staff may need to research this more. This will be acted on at next Tuesday’s board meeting.
The Board noted a scheduled wage increase to $15.87 per hour for Janine Schrieber, Child Support Recovery Unit, Mason City employee.