Stream appointed Mahaska County Attorney

Tony Miller hands out an updated 28E agreement to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors

Tony Miller hands out an updated 28E agreement to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Supervisors regular session meeting on Monday ran the regular business items, including passage of quarterly reports of the Auditor, Recorder and Veterans Affairs.

Also approved was an updated 28E agreement with SIRG (Southeast Iowa Response Group). Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller, who is also head of SIRG, brought the updated document for approval, which was approved by the Supervisors.

Mahaska County Sanitarian Eric Dursky explained about a project that, in cooperation with William Penn GIS students, will help map septic systems and wells throughout the county. The purpose of the map would allow access to when the systems were installed and by who.

Dursky is also following up on mechanical septic systems to check that maintenance contracts are in place, and are being serviced twice a year by a licensed contractor.

Dave Sedevic with Mahaska County Conservation indicated that work on fundraising for the new nature center has begun. Meanwhile, they continue to develop materials needed to help in that process, such as brochures that will be distributed to tax accountants and attorneys. The hope is to gain charitable donations.

Spring time undergrowth burning has continued Sedevic explained. “It’s kind of nice this year, we actually have to work around rain.”

Eveland Access will open this Friday, and the conservation staff has been working to prepare the popular camping location.

In addition to the summer ranger, Sedevic is looking to add a campground host. The host would help keep restroom cleans, clean up trash, distribute camping envelopes when new campers arrive. They would also help keep an eye on the opposite side of the campground from the ranger.

MCARD by-laws were also recently updated, DeGroot said. The MCARD board will then approve those changes in an upcoming meeting.

Also approved was the liquor license for Tassel Ridge Winery.

Julie Bak, CPC Case Manager, and Dawn Roth, CPC Case Manager for Poweshiek County, approached the board in a first step to join the two departments. The CPC case management would then take on the job they currently are tasked with, once the regionalized approach begins next fiscal year. The four counties in our region would be; Jasper, Marion, Poweshiek and Mahaska.

The pair was looking for a tentative approval to move forward with the merger. If approved, the pair would then approach the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors with the same proposal.

After further discussion, a work session with the four boards of supervisors was being looked at for May 6, 2013.

The decision to fill the Mahaska County Attorney position went into a closed door session at the request of some applicants.

The Mahaska County Supervisors made the motion to enter into a closed session, and then utilized a nearby conference room to further deliberate. Upon returning to the main conference room, they informed the public that they had already returned into an open meeting, whereas the discussion then continued on the appointment.

In a two to one vote, Supervisors Mike Vander Molen and Mark Doland voted to appoint Charles Stream to the position, with Supervisor Greg Gordy voting against the appointment.

The supervisors then discussed updating the IT equipment utilized by the supervisors, and a payroll change for secondary roads finished out the morning meeting.

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