The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors attended to several pieces of housekeeping during their first meeting of the new fiscal year on Tuesday, July 8.
They approved the salaries of the county employees for 2014 2015. The salaries were set during the budgeting process earlier this year. They also accepted reports from the Palo Alto County Recorder as well as the county's Veterans Affairs office.
The supervisors appointed Dan Glaser of Ruthven to fill a vacancy on the Palo Alto County Veterans Affairs Commission. Glaser replaces Cliff Christensen who is now the Veterans Affairs Director for the county. His appointment will run until May 2017.
Palo Alto County Conservation Director Mary Barrick asked the supervisors to approve the hiring of a permanent, part-time employee. Maceylyn New- house has been hired to fill a 28-hour per week position. She will receive $10.50 per hour through December and then her wage will increase to $11 per hour in January.
During her report to the supervisors, Maureen Sandberg, CPC, reported on the transition that has occurred regarding the regionalization of the mental health services. As part of the new process, Sandberg is processing a portion of the provider claims with O'Brien County actually paying the claims once the region, NW Iowa Care Connections, approves them.
County Auditor Carmen Moser said she has indications the county's first quarterly allocation to NW Iowa Care Connections will be $165,972.89.
County Engineer Joel Fantz reported that one mile has been completed of the bypass paving.
Fantz also spoke to the board of supervisors about the FEMA declaration following the heavy June rains with regard to damage done to the county's drainage districts. The FEMA declaration has a window of June 14-23. It was his suggestion the county hire a firm to assist with the evaluation of the drainage ditches. The supervisors will take action at a future meeting.
In a storm related matter, George Hubbell, West Bend county foreman, informed the supervisors about a bridge situation on 570th Avenue. He shared photos taken over a series of days showing the flow of the water in the area. In an effort to determine the best way to resolve the issues, county personnel plan to meet with area landowners