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Tama County Supervisors conduct annual reorganizational meeting

January 11, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Supervisors met Wednesday, Jan. 2, for their organizational meeting and installation of recently elected officials. Those officials include Sheriff Dennis Kucera, County Auditor Laura Kopsa, Second District Supervisor Kendall Jordan and newly elected Third District Supervisor Dan Anderson. First District Supervisor and Chairman Larry Vest read the oath of office to all four.

Following the installation of officers Kendall Jordan was elected as Chairman of the Supervisors for the 2013 year. Dan Anderson was elected as Vice-Chairman.

County Auditor Laura Kopsa was authorized to pay postage, express freight, wages and salaries prior to being audited by the Board of Supervisors and to pay all claims as signed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors in 2013.

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Sworn in by Tama County Board of Supervisors Chair Larry Vest (left) for new four-year terms were county officials from (left) 2nd District Supervisor Kendall Jordan, 3rd District Supervisor Dan Anderson, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Laura Kopsa and Sheriff Dennis Kucera. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
News-Herald/Nancy Sund

The Tama News Herald and the Traer Star Clipper newspapers were designated as the official newspapers for Tama County for the year 2013.

A resolution was approved for temporary road closures. The agency having jurisdiction and control over any highway in the state, or the chief engineer of the agency when delegated by such agency, may temporarily close sections of a highway when reasonably necessary because of construction, reconstruction, maintenance or natural disaster, and shall cause to be erected ROAD CLOSED signs and partial or total barricades in the roadway at each end of the closed highway section and on the closed highway where that highway is intersected by other highways if such intersection remains open. Any numbered road closed more than forty eight hours shall have a designated detour route. The agency having jurisdiction over a section of highway closed in accordance with these provisions or the persons or contractors employed to carry out the construction, reconstruction or maintenance of the closed section shall not be liable for any damages to any vehicle or any injuries to any person that enters the closed section of highway, unless the damages are caused by gross negligence of the agency or contractor.

The following banks being designated as depositories is the State Bank of Toledo for the County Recorder in the amount of $125,000, the County Auditor $20,000 and the County Sheriff for $200,000 as well as the Farmers Savings Bank in Traer $10,000, Great Western Bank of Gladbrook for $10,000 and The Lincoln Savings Bank in Tama for $25,000.

The County Treasurer, Michelle Yuska, was authorized to deposit county funds as follows:

Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust of Des Moines for $3,000,000

State Bank of Toledo, for $12,000,000

Dysart State Bank, Dysart for $2,000,000

Chelsea Savings Bank, Belle Plaine, Clutier and Traer, for $2,000,000

Lincoln Savings Bank $12,000,000

Great Western Bank, Gladbrook, for $3,000,00

United Bank & Trust, Marshalltown, $3,000,000

The following appointments were made

County Buildings including the Care Facility--the Board

Decat Executive Board (DHS) Dan Anderson

DHS Advisory Board, Dan Anderson

E911 Board, Kendall Jordan

County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Kendall Jordan

Tama County Economic Develop Commission, the entire board

Early Childhood Iowa (County Auditor ad Fiscal Agent), Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as an alternate

Farm Administration and county farm rental, Kendall Jordan

Livestock Evaluation, Dan Anderson

Board of Health Services, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate

Health Insurance Advisory Group and contact person for Insurance information Larry Vest

Heartland Insurance Coordinator, Susan Jones

Heartland Risk Pool Ins., County Trustee, Larry Vest

Heartland Insurance, Alternate Trustee, Kendall Jordan

6th Judicial District, Dan Anderson

Tama County Day Care (dba Kids Corner Daycare) Kendall Jordan and Dan Anderson

Tama County Mental Health, the entire board

Northeast Iowa Response Group (NIRG), Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest, alternate

R.C.&D. Commission (DNR & US Fish & Wildlife), Kendall Jordan

Region VI Planning Commission, Kendall Jordan

Safety Coordinators-Risk Pool Insurance, Lyle Brehm, Engineer and Dirk Henle, Maintenance Supervisor.

ADA Coordinator, Dirk Henle

SATUCI. Dan Anderson

Workforce Development, Kendall Jordan

Central Iowa Juvenile Detention, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan alternate

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate

Landfill Commission, the entire board

County Social Services Region, Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan as alternate

County Engineer, reappointed Lyle Brehm

CPC, reappointed Todd Rickert

Medical Examiner Dr.Dennis Mallory, D.O.

Deputy medical examiner, Michael McCune, M.D.

Medical Examiner Investigators: Brian Ellenbecker, Deputy Sheriff

Greg Johnson, Toledo EMS, Craig Karr, Meskwaki Police Dept., John Carr Tama Police Dept., Bruce McEltree and DalLynn McEltree, Toledo.

Reliefe Director and Veterans Affairs, Elizabeth Ledvina

Weed Commissioner, Dirk Henle

Zoning Administrator, Roy Silhanek.

Holidays to be observed by the county for 2013 are

Presidents Day, Monday February 18

Good Friday, Friday, March 29

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

July 4, Thursday, July 4

Labor Day, Monday, September 2

Veterans Day, Monday, November 11

Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

Christman Day, Wednesday, December 25

New Years Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Tama County Compensation Commission and Condemnation Proceedings appointments are"

Licensed Real Estate Brokers and Sales Persons

Mike Wedmore and Luann Kithcart, Tama

Harlan Dirks, Jason Lekin, David Dirks, Byron Witt and Rob Wobeter, Toledo

Jamie Howard, Traer, Julie Elliott, Dysart and Ardene Cross, Clutier

Farm Owner Operators

Judy Wendel and Mark Volkens, Gladbrook

Dave Bacon, Garwin,

Rod Richardson and Wayne Wilcox, Tama

Barry Ewoldt, Traer

LeRoy Hoskey and Carl Wagner, Jr. Chelsea

Richard Krafka, Dysart

Roger Ferriss, Toledo

Owners of Town Propery:

Jay Whannel, Traer,

Larry Frese, Chelsea

Rita Cranston, Dysart

Charles Bearden, Gladbrook

Chester Bearden, Gaylan Musgrave and Joe Boll, Toledo

Tracy Brady, Tama

Elmer Chalupsky, Elberon

People with Knowledge of Real Estate Values:

Loren D. Lorenzen, Traer

Angie Kunch, Garwin

Rich Krug, Keving EiKamp, Dysart

Wayne Gray, Tama

Steven Baumeier, Gladbrook

Ken Carson, Jake Jacobson, Randy VanDyk, and Stan Upah, Toledo

A resolution was adopted for a construction evaluation relating to the construction of a confinement feeding operation sturcture. Only counties that have adopted a construction evaluation resolution and submitted an adodpted recommendation may contest the DNR's decision regarding a specifid application.

Board of supervisors meetings will continue to be on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Supervisor meeting room.

County Engineer Lyle Brehm presented the policy on plowing snow to the supervisors. Brehm says the trucks with a blade will go out at 5:00 a.m. on hard surfaced roads, and the maintainers will go out at 6:00 a.m. on the rock roads. Brehm says he does not like for the equipment to be out in the dark.

Brehm also stated the last snow storm came on a Wednesday night and blizzard conditions contiuned through Thursday, making it Friday before the county equipment could get out to plow. Holidays did not help.

The Salt Creek Township had a vacancy for a township trustee. The person who received more than on vote refused to accept the position. Several persons received one vote so their names were put into a hat with one being drawn out for the vacancy. Paul Kupka's name was drawn.

Claims for the past week approved totaled $373,450.



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