Tama County Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese
March 7, 2014
Last week when the Tama County Board of Supervisors met they discussed a possible change to the health insurance deductibles due to increasing insurance costs. Tama County is self insured. Currently employees are allowed to buy down their deductible for a fee. After discussion a motion was made by Supervisor Larry Vest to no longer allow the buy down. All three supervisors voted for this motion. Therefore, the employees will no longer by allowed to buy down on their deductibles. In closed session the Board of Supervisors met with Patrick Ryan who works for the Secondary Road Department to discuss a handbook grievance. Ryan had requested a closed meeting. No action was taken following the meeting. Today Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the renewal of the Vision Tama County Grant. There was a resolution passed which states the Tama County communities and public organizations have the ability to apply for grant funds from the State of Iowa through the Vision Iowa Program. The Vision Iowa Board views the financial participation of county government as an important part of any grant application. Tama County is desirous of promoting Economic Development and tourism in Tama County. The Tama County established a Vision Tama County Grant program in the General Fund of Tama County for use as an economic development matching Fund resource limited to the provisions listed below. The Tama County Board of Supervisors authorized the Tama County Auditor to place up to $100,000 of undesignat4d unreserved funds in the category of designated unreserved funds each fiscal year for the purpose of establishing a county-wide program of matching grants to support and supplement the Vision Iowa Grant program. Vision Tama County Grant funding will be available to all communities and public organizations in Tama County that are eligible for Vision Iowa Grants through the State of Iowa. No single grant award can exceed $10,000. Grants will be automatically awarded to any entity that is approved for a Vision Iowa Grant. Vision Tama County Grants will provide a ten percent match to any Vision Iowa award subject to the $10,000 maximum. Award of the Vision Tama County grants will be automatic, based on approval by the Vision Iowa Board of a Vision Iowa Grant award. Vision Tama County grants in Tama County will not be limited in number or kind by any factors other than approval of the Vision Iowa Board, the $10,000 per grant limit. In other business Lyle Brehm, County Engineer, gave a short road report. Brehm said county road crews were out working yesterday, opening roads. Brehm also told supervisors that when weather permits they would start hauling rock. They have four or five trucks for hauling rock. However, Brehm stated, it does not do any good to haul rock, and then send plows out to blade snow. Brehm also told supervisors if there is a hazardous spot it would be taken care of at once. Hazardous does not include ruts, small pot holes, etc. Brehm says when there is an area which must have rock on it while there is still snow on the roads and the possibility of more snow, the road crew will be instructed to raise the blade a little bit so as not to push the gravel off the road. Brehm says as soon as there is no snow in the forecast they will most likely get started in hauling rock. Brehm says there has been some years when they Were able to start hauling rock in the middle of February, but other years later than this year. A permit was approved for Iowa Premium Beef to do work on L Avenue and old Highway 30. This will be for work on the road right-of-way for boring underneath for sewer work. Another permit was approved for Central Iowa Water to do work in Spring Creek Township. Claims approved for payment for the past week came to $52,608.38.
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