Cass Co. Board of Supervisors report

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May 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have passed the third and final reading of a Rural Addressing ordinance. The action came and subsequent adoption of the ordinance came during their meeting this (Wednesday) morning, in Atlantic. The ordinance will provide for an orderly street and address system in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Board also acted on approving a Cooperative Reimbursement agreement for 2012 with the Department of Human Services Bureau of Collections for Child Support Recovery. Cass County is the host for the program as a political subdivision.

Auditor Dale Sunderman says the amendment, which is effective as of July 1st, 2011, changes three sections of the original agreement, including IRS confidentiality. Another section deals with records, and requires those records to be maintained for a period of seven-years. A new, the third section is with regard to audits, for amounts over $500,000. Since the County received a grant in excess of that amount last Fiscal Year, an audit has already been conducted, so that requirement has been met.

The Board also discussed at length the replacement of sidewalks in the City Park, with Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director, Travis Garrett. The City of Atlantic will be replacing its portion of the sidewalks in the City Park. About one-third of the sidewalk which need to be replaced are owned by the County.

Garrett said if the County were to share in the cost for labor and materials, it’s portion would be about $3,245. The total cost of the project was estimated to be $30,625. Garrett says the County’s share of the project was calculated at 13.6-percent. He says with the added engineering fees, the total would be approximately $4,165.

After much discussion the Supervisors authorized Garrett to go out for bids on the project, but they thought it unnecessary for the County to pay for engineering costs in its section, when it already has an Engineer. The Board said while the bids are being obtained, they would get a separate cost estimate on the County’s share of the project and compare that with the bids received.

There is a time crunch in getting the project started and completed. City Officials have said they would like the park’s sidewalks finished in-time for RAGBRAI, on July 24th.