The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, approved the appointment of a Deputy County Recorder. Mary Ward officially became the Cass County Recorder on Nov. 14th, following the November 4th General Election. Ward replaced Joyce Jensen, who has retired. Auditor Dale Sunderman says since Ward was Jensen’s Deputy, Mary needed to request a person to fill her former position. The Board approved the appointment of Marci Wallingford as Deputy County Recorder, with no change in her current rate of pay until July 1st, 2015.
In other business, the Board voted to approve a list of Military and Homestead Tax Credit applications for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Auditor Dale Sunderman said 2014-2015 was the first year for the Disabled Veterans Homestead Tax Credit, during which there was one applicant. Sunderman said there are six names on the current list for credits on taxes collectible in 2015-16.
The Board also set Dec. 10th as the date for a public hearing on an amendment of the FY 2015 County Budget, which Sunderman said is NOT due to a shortage of funds. He said the “Jumpstart Program” was allowed to continue, which means the flow-through funds may be four-million dollars more than what was expected. The amendment allows the funds to be spent. The funds are administered through SWIPCO (The Southwest Iowa Planning Council), are paid to contractors for work on disaster recovery and housing assistance. The funds can also be used to assist local governments in the areas of Public Safety and Communications.
And, Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Supervisors on on-going bridge projects, some of which are being delayed due to the recent cold and wet weather. Work on pouring the concrete approaches to the bridge over Interstate 80 north of Marne is being slowed due to the cold temperatures. Constant temperatures at or above 40-degrees are required for the concrete to set, according to Marker. Also, because a contract for work on the Cass County Landfill Bridge was not yet been returned by the company recently hired for the job, no action has been taken on the project just yet.
Preparation work for two other bridge projects planned for next year in Victoria Township on Yankton Road, and one just south of Massena at the T-intersection, will begin next week.