Supervisors Discuss County Engineer Job Description

Mahaska County Supervisors Mark Doland and Greg Gordy go over some documents on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Mahaska County Supervisors Mark Doland and Greg Gordy go over some documents on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors held it’s regular meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014 with an agenda that contained many housekeeping items, with a couple of exceptions.

Beyond approving the agenda, paying the bills for January and approving minutes for January, including the days of 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and the 20th.

Sone Scott, Mahaska County Treasurer, made the request of the board for part-time employees. The part-time employees are used during peak times of the tax season. Also approved was a payroll change for the maintenance department, with the hiring of a new custodian at the courthouse. A payroll change in the Assessors office rounded out personnel changes.

The Eddyville Museum made a request of the board for a letter of support. This is done in order to help attract grant money for the museum.

The board then considered a resolution of amendment to Regional Planning Affiliation. This outlines that 10-15 is now its own entity and the amendment would allow the by-laws to reflect that change. The change passed.

A resolution of financial commitment to the AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund was approved. The resolution moved the financial commitment to 20 cents per capita from the 15 cents per capita to the housing trust fund. For every dollar raised locally, the state matches 4 dollars from the state housing trust fund. $334,000 dollars have been have been invested since 2011 in affordable housing needs.

After a brief 15 minute recess, the meeting reconvened at 9:30 am to allow for the public hearing on vacation of roads in Truax. No one spoke against the measure, and one resident of Truax spoke in favor of the measure to vacate streets and alleys.

The ongoing process to hiring a new county engineer moved another step forward, even after community and business support stepped forward in previous meetings to retain the current engineer Jerry Nusbaum.

Nusbaum has asked for an extension to his current contract, but the board has taken no action on his proposal, and instead has moved forward with the updated job description and posting of the job opening to the county’s website and the Iowa DOT.




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