Noonan To Lead Supervisors
Palo Alto County Supervisor Ed Noonan will yield the gavel over the county Board of Supervisors for the coming year, following a reorganization meeting of the board on Jan. 5. Noonan was elected on a unanimous vote of the board members as they gathered to make several appointments for the New Year, including the appointment of Supervisor Keith Wirtz as Chairman Pro-Tem of the board.
Additionally, the oath of office was administered to Palo Alto County Auditor Gary Leonard, Sheriff Dennis Goeders and Supervisors Leo Goeders and Ron Graettinger, after all four were re-elected to their positions.
The board then introduced and approved resolutions authorizing Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz, acting on behalf of the county, to close secondary roads for scheduled construction projects, as well as closing roads temporarily under special circumstances such as maintenance or natural disasters. A Right-Of-Way compliance agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation was also introduced and approved and Fantz was also authorized to execute the certification of completion of work and final acceptance with plans and specifications in connection with all Farm to Market and Federal Aid construction projects in Palo Alto County.
The Supervisors introduced and approved a resolution approving official depositories for various county officers. Auditor Gary Leonard, Sheriff Dennis Goeders, and Recorder Bonnie Whitney were all authorized to deposit money in Wells Fargo Bank in Emmetsburg. Whitney and Goeders were also authorized to deposit county funds in Iowa Trust & Savings Bank in Emmetsburg. The Supervisors designated Wells Fargo Bank, Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Laurens State Bank, all of Emmetsburg; Bank Plus of Graettinger; West Bank and Farmers State Bank in West Bend and Iowa State Bank in Ruthven as authorized depositories for up to $15 in county funds each by County Treasurer Mary Hilfiker.
Tim McCain of Emmetsburg was appointed county tax agent for the upcoming year, and the Supervisors also approved re-appointment for themselves to serve on various committees and boards during the session.
Board Chair Ed Noonan was re-appointed to the DHS Advisory Board and Ron Graettinger was appointed alternate. The board re-appointed Jerry Hofstad to a seat on the Cherokee Advisory Board and Maureen Sandberg as alternate. Jerry Hofstad was also appointed to the Seasons Center Board with Keith Wirtz as alternate and Wirtz also was re-appointed to the ISP Board with Hofstad as the alternate.
Ron Ludwig, Edna O’Connor, and Peg McNally were re-appointed to the Mental Health Appeals Board, and Noonan was re-appointed to the Northwest Iowa Consortium Board with Graettinger as alternate. Noonan also remains the delegate to the R.I.D.E.S Board, while Hofstad was re-appointed to the North Central Emergency Response Commission with Goeders as alternate.
Keith Wirtz was re-appointed to the Drainage Advisory Board with Hofstad as alternate, and Goeders was re-appointed as liaison to the E911 Board with Hofstad as alternate. Goeders was also re-appointed to the Third Judicial District board and Graettinger was re-appointed to the Decategorization Board, while Keith Wirtz was re-appointed to the county’s H.I.P.A.A. Compliance Board.
The Supervisors also reappointed the members of the county Eminent Domain Compensation Board during the session, and filled a vacancy among realtors by appointing Judy Johnson of Emmetsburg to replace Mary Moser of Cylinder.
The five newspapers publishing in the county, “The Reporter” and “The Democrat,” as well as the combined “West Bend Journal,” “Graettinger Times,” and “Ruthven Zipcode” were designated as official county newspapers for the coming year.
Julie Nelson was re-appointed to a term on the Palo Alto County Local Health Board and Rich Stillman was appointed to a term on the Health Board to replace Phil Stillman. Bill Borman and Ronn Naig were both re-appointed to the Palo Alto County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment for three-year terms.
Supervisor Ron Graettinger was re-appointed to serve on the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Board with Leo Goeders as alternate and the pair was also appointed to serve on the Northwest Alcohol and Drug Treatment Unit (ADTU) Board. The supervisors also appointed Miriam Patton to serve on the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Board.
The Supervisors also re-affirmed a rate of $8 per hour plus mileage as allowed by the Internal Revenue Service for Township Trustees’ compensation, and set a minimum fee of $20 for meetings of the trustees.
In final action, the board re-appointed several individuals to four-year terms of service as township trustees in Booth, Ellington, Emmetsburg, Fern Valley, Freedom, Great Oak, Highland, Lost Island, Nevada, Rush Lake, Vernon and Walnut Townships.