May 12th 2023 Meeting Minutes



The Taylor County Board of Supervisors met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 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, and Justin Savage.

Watson motioned to approve the minutes from May 4th, as well as approve the agenda for the meeting.  Beggs seconded.  MC 3-0.

Jack Elsnes with Apex Clean Energy advised they are preparing to hold a forum at Deer Ridge towards the end of June with various experts available to answer questions.  Amanda Masilko and Dee Johnson presented during public comments.  They made comments on the wind ordinance currently under discussion.

Fitzgerald reported on his EMA and ATURA meetings.  Watson reported on his Southern IA Trolley Meeting.

Savage presented utility permits to the Board of Supervisors for approval in Platte Township, another near Siam, and another near Lenox.  Savage also presented quotes and a request for the purchase of a new disc mower for the Secondary Roads Department.  Beggs motioned to approve the purchase of a 9’ 2022 Kuhn Disc Mower from AgriVision for $15,250.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.  Savage presented the two applications received for the Weed Commissioner position.  The Board advised they wish to interview both candidates.

Jackie Minor advised she has not yet received estimates for the repair of the Ambulance or the Ambulance Bay garage door.  Josh Weed advised he wishes to have the two Sheriff vehicles repaired.  Beggs motioned to turn in the claims to the insurance company for repair of the Sheriff’s vehicles.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.

Leftwich presented the Insurance Claim Policy recommendation.  After discussion with the Board and various department heads, the Board advised they want to leave the option to file a claim or pay for repairs “out-of-pocket” to the judgement of the department head. 

Jim Park presented a request for guidance on the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.  The Board reviewed guidance received from the County Attorney and provided suggestions on what the next steps could be for the Mausoleum Board.

Jackie reported to the Board on the IMWCA site visit and the action items requested from IMWCA.  The Board agreed to research implementing the Safety Committee again and follow the guidance from IMWCA.

The Board discussed Courthouse maintenance.  Shellia Culp made a request to have the windows cleaned when the dome is painted.  Culp asked if she could paint the propane tank outside the Courthouse.  The Board requested that Culp research if the company who owns the tank would be willing to paint it.

The Board reviewed and approved claims to be paid.

The Board discussed budget amendments requests from Fehring, Henry, Weed, Good, Savage and Leftwich for their respective departments.  Beggs motioned to publish the amendment in the paper and set the hearing date for June 1st at 1:00 pm.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.

The Board reviewed the Solutions Software renewal agreement.  Beggs motioned to approve the renewal agreement as presented.  Watson seconded.  MC 3-0.

The Board met with Raymond Olney and Toney McElroy to discuss the Weed Commissioner position.  Both candidates were interviewed.  The Board advised they will consider the available options and discuss it next week.

Beggs motioned to go into closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 (1)(j) to discuss the potential sale of 203 Main Street.  Watson seconded.  Fitzgerald, Watson, Beggs voted aye.  MC 3-0.

The Board returned from closed session, with no action taken.  The Board reviewed topics for discussion in future meetings.  Watson motioned to adjourn the meeting. Beggs seconded.  MC 3-0.

Ronald Fitzgerald, Chairman, Board of Supervisors

Corey Leftwich, Auditor

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