Wanders Sworn In As Supervisor

Mahaska County Supervisors from left to right; Henry 'Willie' Van Weelden, Mark Groenendyk, and Steve Wanders.

Mahaska County Supervisors from left to right; Henry ‘Willie’ Van Weelden, Mark Groenendyk, and Steve Wanders.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Steve Wanders was sworn in as Mahaska County Supervisor by Judge Roseann Mefford. Wanders is filling out the remaining term of Mark Doland, who resigned when it became apparent he no longer lived in the county.

The board approved the June 18, 2018 minutes, paid the June bills, and accepted the 4th quarter Auditors report.

The board approved three financial resolutions that are passed every new fiscal year to allow for the transfer of funds to various accounts. July 1st is the start of the fiscal year 2018-2019.

The board also approved the salaries of county employees for the fiscal year 2019.

The board took under consideration a recommendation for 2018 employee wellness program. The board approved the blood screening program at no cost to the county employee.

Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Groenendyk said that the point of the screenings is to hopefully catch something early, “saving a lot of health and a lot of medical expenses and everything a year or two down the road.”

In a second option before the board, Wanders recommended that the county pay half, while the employee pay the other half of the $99.00 cost.

“Put your own money into your own health,” was the comment by Groenendyk.

“Yep, see if it’s important to them or not,” added Wanders. “If it ain’t, there ain’t no use in payin’ the bill if they ain’t gonna use it.”

The board agreed and will cost share for the procedure, 50/50 with the employees.

The board then heard from Mahaska County Building Maintenance Troy Bemis on proposed repairs to the limestone.

Mahaska County Supervisors said that there has been a company approved to do the repairs for nearly 2 years, but have yet to arrive to complete the repairs.

Bemis said that the company that will be working on the law center would be able to handle the work, but are more expensive than the other.

The supervisors said they would wait until the next meeting to further explore options on the repair.

The supervisors also agreed to secure the final open door to the courthouse. Now all visitors must use the main door to enter and exit the building. The changes were recommended by the courthouse security team.

The supervisors approved a quit claim deed for the Buck Grove Trust properties to the City of Oskaloosa.

The board then went into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5c closed session due to imminent litigation with their counsel.

There was no decision being made to discuss in the public session after the closed session.



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