Tama Co. Board of Supervisors by Joyce Wiese
December 20, 2013
Tama County Supervisors Kendall Jordan, Dan Anderson, and Larry Vest met with Linda Rosenberger and Lori Johnson from the Tama County Health Department and Dr. Dennis Mallory for a hearing in reference to the Zoning Administrator and Environmental Health Specialist position. Roy Silhanek, who holds that position at the present time had been notified of the hearing to be held today at 10:00 a..m. Silhanek had not contacted supervisors, nor the County Auditor by mail or phone prior to this time. This would have been necessary to hold a closed meeting if Silhanek so requested.. 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 that position, effective immediately, due to lack of performance and failure to communicate with the Board. The vote was an unanimous yes. Bob Etzel, Conservation director, presented his annual Tama County Conservation Board report covering July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The six board members serving during fiscal year 2013 were Lana McCool (expiring December 2013), John Keenan, Nathan Wrage, Carolyn Adolphs, Eugene Anderson (Resigned 31 December 2012) and Allan Atchison. Etzel stated 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 thirteen 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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