The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors amended the current county budget during their weekly meeting on May 20.
The Medical Examiner's budget required an additional $10,000. One reason for the increase is the number of autopsies that have been done in Palo Alto County this year. In addition, several out-of-state residents have died while in the county and some states have denied the claims to cover the autopsy costs. County Auditor Carmen Moser continues to research avenues to recoup those costs.
While discussing the increased need for autopsies in the county, supervisor Craig Merril said, "Hopefully we have just had a bad stretch this year."
The Medical Examiner's final appropriation after the resolution is $45,000.
The recorder's office budget was amended $12,000 to cover the cost of record restoration. The money for the project had been accruing, but had not been budgeted, so the adjustment was needed.
The budgets of the Conservation-Five Island Trail as well as Nondepartmental-General Services required an increase due to receiving grant monies. The budgets were increased $358 and $30,000 respectfully.
Finally, the Nondepartmental-Debt Service budget was amended by $37,847 bringing that appropriation for the year to $894,633.
In other business, the supervisors approved four permits for work planned in the county. River Valley Telecom submitted an application for an underground communications crossing at 370th Avenue in Highland Township 21/22.
Windstream plans to install an underground communications cable along North Huron in Freedom Township, Section 32.
Iowa Lakes Electric submitted an application to bore under 560th Avenue in Fairfield Township, Sections 24/35 to install an underground electrical line.
West Bend Municipal Utilities also sought a permit to install an underground electrical line by boring under 440th Street in Fern Valley Township Section 25/26. County Engineer Joel Fantz noted the power line would run along the Open Ditch in Drainage District 61. At Supervisor Ron Graettinger's suggestion, the county is asking a marker be placed at the edge of the ditch.
Fantz also told the supervisors he is requesting reimbursement from the DOT for $10,300 worth of materials, labor and equipment to repair the unofficial detour route resulting from work being done on a Highway 15 bridge.
The bonding process for this year's secondary road project is progressing based on action taken during the Tuesday meeting. The public hearing date on the proposal to enter into a loan agreement was set for June 10. The sealed bids for the bonds will be opened at 10 a.m. on June 17th with the decision to be made at 10:15 that same day. In a matter related to the bonding process, the supervisors approved an amendment to the Dissemination Agent Agreement with Piper Jaffray. According to Auditor Moser, the fees are not changing. However the issuance of the new bond needed to be included.
In housekeeping matters, the supervisors approved several meeting schedule changes for the next two weeks. Because of satellite voting that will be occurring next Tuesday, May 27 through out the county, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, May 28 at 8 a.m. There will be no meeting the following Tuesday, June 3 because of the primary elections.