5 Things You Should Know – Tama Co. Board of Sup.

1. Todd Sebesta, Toledo was approved and appointed to the Tama County Board of Adjustments on Oct. 5. Sebesta will replace Larry Lorenzen, Traer, who vacated the post at the end of his five year term in June. Sebesta’s term will run until June 30, 2025.

Current members of the Board of Adjustments include Sebesta, Mike Seda, Traer; Frances Bacon, Garwin; Stan Graff, Tama; and Nancy Carlson, Tama.

During their Oct. 12 meeting the board approved two more appointments to the Tama County Zoning Commission.

Darren Thiessen of rural Tama will replace Ron Busch of Toledo and Craig Sash of rural Traer will replace Keith Sash of Gladbrook.

Current members of the Zoning Commission include Thiessen, Sash, Doug Dvorak of rural Clutier, Wade Mitchell of Buckingham and Russell Pederson of rural Garwin.

Micki Ferriss of Toledo was appointed to the county Board of Public Health during the Board of Superviors regular meeting on Oct. 19. Ferriss replaces retiring member Sandra Whannel of Traer and joins Dr. Polly Hineman, Tama, Duane Backen, Tama, Phyllis Dunlap, Dysart and Sherry Parks, Garwin on the public health board.

2. Following a public hearing on Oct. 19, a budget amendment was passed by the board. The amendment increases the overall budget in the amount of $1,150,000 and provides for storm recovery costs paid by the county. All but $22,500 is expected to be recouped from insurance.

$1,000,000 will be added into the county administration budget to cover the cost of repairs to the courthouse and to county owned vehicles damaged in the August 10 derecho.

Similarly, the amendment added $150,000 into the county conservation budget to cover storm cleanup costs at the county park.

The $22,500 not covered by insurance will be the net cost to the county and will come out of the general fund.

3. Tax abatement was approved in the amount of $2,455 for four parcels of land recently purchased by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The land runs along the end of Salt Creek in the far southeastern corner of the county near Belle Plaine. It was purchased in June after tax assessments had been made for the 2019 year.

4. Utility permits were approved for Windstream in Tama Township and in Indian Village; for Poweshiek Water Authority in York Township, for ITC on N Avenue in Perry Township and for FCTC in Clark Township and in Geneseo Township.

5. Oct. 5 weekly claims were approved in the amount of $117,715.32. Oct. 12 weekly claims were approved in the amount of $78,480.47. Oct. 19 weekly claims were approved in the amount of $183,425.66.