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Emergency management position going full-time

West Lyon Herald of Inwood, Iowa

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Lyon County Emergency Management director, Arden Kopischke, met with the board of supervisors Monday, Oct. 26, to note that the Lyon County Emergency Management Board had approved his director position becoming full-time. Kopischke requested the change, told the supervisors that the part-time salary was not commensurate with the hours he was working.

According to Kopischke, since coming on staff shortly before the 2014 flood disaster, he has obtained $70,854 in state 911 board grants and applied for $90,000 in grants to improve 911 response in the sheriff's department dispatch, upgrade pagers, etc.

Kopischke's full-time position will be partially funded with $23,500 in Emergency Management Program Grants and possibly as much as $8,000 in 911 operation funds. The remainder will come from the county emergency management department funds.

Programs Kopischke is working on implementing in Lyon County are Alert Iowa, a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system, emergency disaster identification tagging system and the health care coalition.

Secondary roads

County engineer, Laura Sievers, as well as county attorney, Shayne Mayer, discussed gravel costs for the city of Rock Rapids. The engineer had asked that weigh tickets be submitted for gravel being purchased from the county, but so far none had been submitted. Since no record has been kept of just how much gravel the city of Rock Rapids is taking, concern exists that the county is paying for gravel, but isn't getting properly reimbursed by Rock Rapids for what it is using.

The board of supervisors determined that county policy would be that weigh tickets need to be submitted to the county engineer's office or the city of Rock Rapids would no longer be able to get gravel from county supplies. The board also stated that gravel can be obtained from the county only when a county employee is there to load the trucks. If the city of Rock Rapids doesn't accept those terms, it will need to obtain gravel elsewhere.

Board members passed a resolution approving the county engineer submit an application to the Farm-to-Market Review Board to swap 1.5 miles of partially-funded road north of Rock Rapids for 1.65 miles of fully-funded road southeast of Rock Rapids.

A bridge embargo resolution was passed adopting bridge weight postings in the county.

Sievers presented the project approval and schedule for a bridge on Able Avenue south of Highway 18 near Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery. This is the first FEMA project which will replace a bridge rendered unusable following the 2014 flooding with a 100x28-foot continuous concrete slab bridge. Board members approved the project and December bidletting. Project cost is estimated at $400,000 with Lyon County paying 15 percent of the cost.

Sievers told the board she had received a request to take down some trees at the Doon shop location. Since it is public property, the county attorney said tree removal would need to be put out for bids. Board members opted to not remove the trees.

Sievers sought approval to purchase right-of-way temporary and permanent easements in Rock Township for another FEMA culvert project. Board members approved purchasing 38 acre of perpetual easement and 24 acre of temporary easement from the Henry Feekes Revocable Trust and 32 acre of perpetual easement and 06 acre of temporary easement from the Fred Hoppe Marital Trust using the extension's Lyon County land value average as a starting point.

Sievers provided board members with a map showing locations of proposed FEMA culvert projects. The projects involve exchanging bridges for twin-and single-box cement culverts. Five will be funded through TIF and four through rural services. She noted that one bridge awaits approval from the state historical preservation board and another is on appeal to FEMA. Locations include one on Cherry Avenue near 110th Street north of Larchwood, one on Highway A16 near 120th Street north of Lester, one on Garfield Avenue near 120th Street north of Highway 9, one on Dogwood Avenue north of Highway A26, one on Cleveland Avenue near 270th Street and one near 250th Street southeast of Inwood, one on Goldfinch Ave near 200th Street north of Highway A34 and two near the intersection of Lily Avenue and 200th Street northeast of George.

Board members approved a utility accommodation for Northern Iowa Telephone Co. to bury fiber optic cable along 140th Street at Little Rock.

Other business

Board members approved a resolution making an annual transfer of funds from general basic/rural basic to economic development. The transfer was $65,000 from each account.

Board members approved a resolution making an annual transfer of funds from general basic/rural basic to secondary roads. The transfer was $138,382 from general basic and $939,066 from rural services.

Bernie Weier of George was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Linda DeBoer on the compensation board.

Mike Boer was appointed a Doon Township Trustee, a position formerly filled by Freddy Langfeldt.

Note was made that workman compensation forms will include information as to doctor's recommendations of what an employee is capable of doing so department heads know who could work in their office until they are able to return to their previous position.

Health Services Board employment changes included Sarah Skoglund as a part-time home makeer aide and Shannon Klarenbeek as a registered nurse.

Board members also discussed quarterly department safety inspections and the posting of signs in each department noting the number of work days without accidents.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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