March 23rd 2023 Meeting Minutes

The Taylor County Board of Supervisors met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Supervisor Fitzgerald called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Supervisor roll call: Fitzgerald, Watson, Beggs, all present.  Also present: Corey Leftwich, Josh Good, Toby Craig, Sarah Guilliatt, Dana Davis, Paige Beason, Shellia Culp, Jim Rowe, Belinda Ogle, Crystal Drake and Justin Savage.

Beggs motioned to approve the minutes from March 16th and March 20th, as well as approve the agenda for today’s meeting, with the amendment to include discussion and possible approval on sharing the Auditor’s clerk with the Assessor’s office temporarily.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.

There were no committee meetings to report on.

Craig reported on the progression of the wind project being discussed.  He advised that they have identified one potential eagle’s nest in the area to avoid.

Guilliatt requested to put pinwheels on the grounds around the Courthouse, in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month (April).  She wants to put them in various cities throughout Taylor County and around the Courthouse.  The pinwheels will be put up around the 29th of March and taken down the end of April.  The Board stated they didn’t have any concerns with that.

Savage presented the funding agreement for STP-S-C087(60)—5E-87 and requested approval from the Board.  The approval would be for a full replacement of the Dallas 25 bridge on J35 between Gravity and New Market.  Beggs motioned to approve the agreement as stated. Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.  There were no utility permits to present for approval.

Leftwich presented the request to the Board to share the Auditor’s clerk with the Assessor’s office on an as-needed basis until staffing issues are resolved with the Assessor’s office.  Beggs motioned to approve the request. Watson seconded.  MC 3-0. 

Julie Robinson, Holly Cavin and Josh Weed joined the meeting.

Leftwich and Good presented documents to attendees related to goals, mission statements, vision statements and values.  This led into discussion on what the elected officials and County employees value, and what they wish to be known for.  Each department agreed to provide a SWOT analysis for discussion at a future meeting, which will assist in creating the mission statement, outlining County goals and the vision and values statements.

All attendees but Josh Weed, Josh Good and Corey Leftwich left the meeting.

Beggs motioned to go into closed session under Iowa Code 21.17(3), to discuss Sheriff’s Office union negotiations and arbitration, with Josh Weed, Josh Good and Corey Leftwich present.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0. 

The Board returned from closed session.  No action to be taken.

The Board reviewed topics for discussion in future meetings.  Beggs motioned to adjourn the meeting. Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.

Ronald Fitzgerald, Chairman, Board of Supervisors

Corey Leftwich, Auditor

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