Palo Alto County Supervisors gave their approval to a pair of resolutions for grant funding proposals during a brief session Tuesday, Dec. 1. Board members also discussed the idea of holding a meeting with the county’s Conservation Board to discus the future.
With little discussion, the board members introduced and approved a resolution presented by Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders on behalf of the Palo Alto County E-9-1-1 Board to apply for grant funding through the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation for upgrades to the county Communications Center. The resolution received unanimous approval from the board on a roll-call vote.
The board then met with Palo Alto County Fair Association business manager Devon Perkins and treasurer Dan Voigt to discuss a resolution for grant funding through a Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation grant for improvements to the Open Air Pavilion at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds. The improvements would consist of the construction of a permanent stage and dressing rooms in the pavilion.
On a motion by Supervisor Ron Graettinger, the resolution was introduced and was approved on a unanimous vote of the board.
“On behalf of the fair association, I would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for your ongoing support of the Palo Alto County Fair and the educational opportunities it provides, not only for our youth, but for all residents of the county,” Voigt told the Supervisors.
Perkins then presented the board with the Fair Association’s budget proposal for the 2011 budget year. The asking of $38,750 is $750 higher than the 2010 budget amount, with the increase being attributed to insurance and pay increases for judges. The board took the request under advisement for the upcoming budget season.
In other business, Palo Alto County Mental Health Director Maureen Sandberg informed the board that the 10-percent budget cut at the state level would affect local mental health funding by some $69.000. To that end, Sandberg noted that the consortium which negotiates service rates with mental health providers, had agreed to leave all rates for services at current levels for the near future, and agreed to wait to see what might transpire in the Iowa Legislature in the upcoming session.
“The providers are all in agreement with what the consortium is doing,” Sandberg noted. “No one really knows what to expect.”
Board Chair Ed Noonan spoke up, “I talked with Representative Delores Mertz, and she thinks there will be an additional five percent cut across the board as soon as the Legislature gets back into session.”