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Silhanek is ousted from county health, zoning posts

December 20, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Supervisors Kendall Jordan, Dan Anderson and Larry Vest met with Linda Rosenberger, executive director of the Tama County Health and home Services, Lori Johnson, also from Health and Home Services and Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Health Board chair, for a hearing in reference to the Zoning Administrator and Environmental Health Specialist position.

Roy Silhanek, who held that position at that time had been notified of the hearing to be conducted at 10 a. m.

It was reported Silhanek had not contacted supervisors, nor the County Auditor's Office by mail or phone prior to this time. This would have been necessary to hold a closed meeting if Silhanek so requested.

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Roy Silhanek

Supervisors waited until 10:30 a.m. to hold the hearing without the appearance of Silhanek.

At that time, Larry Vest made a motion to remove Silhanek from the position, effective immediately due to lack of performance and failure to communicate with the Board. The vote was 3-0 in favor of the termination.

Conservation Report

Bob Etzel, executive director of the Tama County Conservation Board, presented his annual Conservation Board report covering July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The six board members serving during fiscal year 2013 were Lana McCool (term expiring December, 2013), John Keenan, Nathan Wrage, Carolyn Adolphs, Eugene Anderson (resigned Dec. 31,2012) and Allan Atchison.

Etzel said the Conservation committee is in need of adding a staff person . Etzel stated over the past two decades things have changed, requiring more staff.

Staffing shortages are affecting different aspects of the program. Maintenance of facilities has become more time demanding in areas such as natural resource management and general maintenance.

The Tama County Conservation Board manages 13 areas totaling over 954 acres. These are managed for outdoor recreation, education and wildlife benefits. The thirteen areas include Columbia Wildlife Area, Duffis' Landing, Maria Hladik Roadside Park, Iowa River Natural Area, Wolf Creek Trail, Manatt's Landing, Long Point Landing, Izaak Walton Tract, Lohberger Memorial Park, McCoy Landing, Reinig Wildlife Refuge and Nature Study Area, T.F. Clark Park and Addition and Otter Creek Lake and Park.

In other business Susan Jones presented four utility permits for approval. These were all for Windstream for High Speed Internet. Two permits were for Richland Township and one permit each for Salt Creek and Spring Creek.

Claims approved for payment covering the past week came to $80,961.44.



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