The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors met on Jan. 3, the first working day of the calendar year, to approve resolutions and several appointments for 2012.
As the first item of business Keith Wirtz was reappointed as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and Ron Graettinger was reappointed as Chair Pro-Tem for the 2012 year. Deputy Auditor Carmen Moser was also appointed to fill the unexpired term of County Auditor through Dec. 31, 2012.
The Supervisors reappointed themselves to numerous boards during the meeting: Ed Noonan was reappointed to the DHS Advisory Board with Ron Graettinger as the alternate; Jerry Hofstad was reappointed to the Cherokee Advisory Board with Maureen Sandberg as the alternate; Keith Wirtz was reappointed to the Season's Board with Jerry Hofstad as the alternate; Ed Noonan was reappointed to the R.I.D.E. Board; Keith Wirtz was reappointed to the H.I.P.A.A. Compliance Board; Ed Noonan was reappointed to the Northwest Iowa Consortium Board with Ron Graettinger as the alternate; Jerry Hofstad was reappointed to the Enterprise Zone Board; Keith Wirtz was reappointed to the Empowerment Board; Ron Graettinger was reappointed to the Compass Point Board with Leo Goeders as the alternate; Miriam Patton was reappointed to the Palo Alto County Resource Conservation and Development Board; Jerry Hofstad was reappointed to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Commission with Leo Goeders as the alternate; Ron Graettinger was reappointed to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Board with Leo Goeders as the alternate; Jerry Hofstad was reappointed to the North Central Emergency response commission for the 2012 year with Leo Goeders as the alternate; Keith Wirtz was reappointed to the Drainage Advisory Board with Ed Noonan as the alternate; Leo Goeders was reappointed to the E 911 Board with Jerry Hofstad as the alternate; Leo Goeders was reappointed to the Third Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for Palo Alto County; and Ron Graettinger was reappointed to the Decat Board.
Other reappointments include Rich Stillman of Emmetsburg and Julie Nelson of Ruthven to the Local Health Board for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2014; Bill Bormann and Ron Naig to the Palo Alto County Planning & Zoning Board of Adjustment for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2014; Dr. Patricia Banwart as the County Medical Examiner for a two-year term expiring on Dec. 31, 2013; and Lorraine McNally to the Civil Service Commission Board for a six-year term expiring on Oct. 1, 2017.
The Supervisors also appointed Ron Ludwig, Ann Stillman, and Peg McNally to the Mental Health Appeals Board; Tim McCain as the Palo Alto County Tax Agent for 2012; Laura Petersen to the County Conservation Board for a five-year term expiring in December 2016; Eldon Hurley as Rush Lake Township Clerk to fill an unexpired term; Gary Garrelts as Silver Lake Township Trustee to fill an unexpired term; and Steve Heldt to the Enhancement Committee, which is part of the Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission.
A pair of resolutions was approved involving Palo Alto County banking institutions. The first resolution designates the following banks as depositories and permits elected officials to deposit funds not to exceed the amounts listed: Wells Fargo, Auditor Carmen Moser, $25,000; Wells Fargo, Recorder Bonnie Whitney, $100,000; Iowa Trust & Savings, Recorder Bonnie Whitney, $100,000; Wells Fargo, Sheriff Dennis Goeders, $300,000; and Iowa Trust & Savings, Sheriff Dennis Goeders, $300,000. The second resolution designates the following banks as depositories for the County Treasurer's funds not to exceed the amounts listed: Wells Fargo, Emmetsburg, $15 million; Iowa Trust & Savings, Emmetsburg, $20 million; Bank Plus, Graettinger, $15 million; West Iowa Bank, West Bend, $15 million; Iowa State Bank, Ruthven, $15 million; Laurens State Bank, Emmetsburg, $15 million; Farmers State Bank, West Bend, $15 million.
Other passed resolutions fell under the responsibilities of County Engineer Joel Fantz, including a right of way assurance statement, authorization to close any secondary road for maintenance or construction, and the execution of the certification of completion of work and final acceptance pertaining to Farm-to-Market and federal or state aid projects in the county.
The Supervisors designated the combined Emmetsburg Democrat & Reporter, combined Graettinger Times, The Ruthven Zipcode, and West Bend Journal as the two official newspapers for 2012. They also approved compensating Township Trustees and Clerks, engaged in official county business, $8 per hour plus mileage and a minimum $20 per meeting.
Individuals were also appointed to serve as members of the Compensation Commission for Eminent Domain cases in 2012:
Business People: Ted Wentzel, John Spies, JoAnn Schoning, Paul Freeman, Jeff Treveer, Joe Noonan, Mike Gehrt, Ron Larson.
Farmers: Ray Brown, Gerald Thatcher, Wm. S. Brown, Hans Appel, Tom Vaughan, Robert Darrah, Kathy Cramer, Jerome Kuyper, Craig Thu.
City and Township Property Owners: Chad Clausen, Frances Schealler, Matt Greene, Bill Burdick, Jay Frerk, William Nelson, David Neilson.
Realtors: Jerry Besch, Judy Johnson, Vic Johnson, Jack Nolan, Mike Wentzel, Jerry Holland, Norlyn Stowell, Roger Wagner, Brian Jackson.