Tama County Board of Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese
July 28, 2012
At the Tama County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning, action was taken for to declare Tama County as a local disaster area. Tama County has suffered from a Drought which occurred from a period starting the end of May 2012 and is ongoing. This has caused severed damage to public and private property and endangerment of wellbeing, health and safety of the citizens of Tama County and the cities of Chelsea, Clutier, Dysart, Elberon, Garwin, Gladbrook, Lincoln, Montour, Tama, Toledo, Traer, and Vining. . The County Board of Supervisors declaraed a state of emergency authorized under a State of Iowa statute and will execute the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements and applying to the State of Iowa for Assistance. As a result Tama County is requesting a disaster declaration and a request for federal assistance to the Federal Government, specifically the USDA and FEMA, and would ask that Governor Branstad declarae the state of Iowa an Agricultureal Disaster due to the drought conditions. Tama County is requesting that the following FSA programs be opened up to Tama County farmers and residents. Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment program Livestock Forage Disaster rogram Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and farm raised fish program Livestock Indemnity Program Tree Assistance program Non-insured crop disaster assistance program Emergency Conservation program Emergency loan program Disaster set-aside Haying and grazing of conservation reserve program area. In addition Tama County would like to request information on any additional drought assistance programs that may be available to Tama County residents and farmers. The hot conditions prevailed for anothr week across central Iowa as rainfall remained sporadic. Rainfall from the middle of May until now is running under fifty percent of normal for almost of of Central Iowa (all of Tama County) except for areas near Estherville. The heat observed since the later part of June till now has been some of the hottest temperatures in a generation and combined with the last of rain has led to a rapid deterioration in conditions through Central Iowa. Given that the agricultural crops are maturing, the dryness and heat is particularly acute. Soil moisture has been rapidly depleted throughout Tama County with the hot and dry conditions. In addition maturing crops have also soaked up remaining water in the soil. Almost all districts in the state have topsoil moisture at ninety percent or greater short or VERY Short. Subsoil moisture is not far behind with all districts reporting enghty percent or greater short or very short moisture. Burn bans are in place for nineteen counties, including Tama County. In other business the City of Chelsea was granted permission for the Chelsea Fire Department to have a temporary closure of Highway V18 south of the Railroad tracks. he Chelsea Fire Department will be hosting a benefit including a car show and street dance on July 28, 2012. The city of Chelsea will provide a detour route through Chelsea. Tama County passed a resolution allowing Highway V18 between 1st Street and Iowana Street bre closed on July 28, 2012 from 7.00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 28, 2012. A permit was approved for Windstream to do work at 1007 190th Street in Spring Creek Township. The Treasurer’s annual report was approved, showing the ending fund balance as of June 30, 2012 at $13,864,795.80.Claims for the past week were approved for $150,606.34.
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