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Cass County Supervisors act on Conservation Board appointment & agree to meet w/realtors in a special session, re: County-owned land


November 9th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

[UPDATED] (Atlantic, Iowa) – The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday morning, accepted the resignation of Conservation Board member Phil Pryzchodzin, and the appointment of Blaine Behnken as a replacement. The Board tentatively approved the use of Opiod Recovery Funds in the amount $6,400, to host a mental health class for police and sheriff’s department personnel, in Atlantic. The funds were requested last month by Atlantic Police Chief Devin Hogue, in hopes of hosting the event for law enforcement personnel, in March, 2023. Hogue said CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) classes are being offered in Council Bluffs in January.

There is a drastic difference, he says, between that program and the one he wants to offer, in March.

The Board agreed to have the County Attorney draw-up a Resolution essentially stating that the funds will be transferred to, and administered by, Zion Integrated Behavioral Health Services. In his report to the Board, Cass County Engineer Trent Wolken said work is complete on Bridge #182 on 610th Street, and the road is open. Also, work is underway on a box culvert project on Fairview Road for Bridge #425 is underway. The rest is pretty much regular road maintenance, including hot melt asphalt (HMA) patching, road shoulder work, and the stockpiling of rock.

The Board tabled action for now, on approving a Resolution to amend the Cass County Five-year Construction Program. They approved the hiring of landfill employee James Stokely, as a Secondary Roads Truck Driver (Operator 1). In other business, Board Chair Steve Baier said he was pleased with the bid proposals that were submitted for real estate services, with regard to the sale of the County Farm (the Willow Heights property).

The county-owned farm includes the old Willow Heights building, approximately 115 acres of row crop ground and approximately 35 acres of pasture ground. The Supervisors held a considerable amount of discussion with regard to bids for Real Estate Services, associated with the sale of the County-Farm. They narrowed down their selection to Farmers National and Property Connection Real Estate. The Board will hold separate, final interviews with representatives of those two agents, on Friday. One interview takes place at 9-a.m., the other at 9:30-a.m.

The Board passed a Resolution to rescind a previous resolution that allocates payment of ARPA funds on November 15th, and changed the date of payment to November 10th, instead. They also passed a Resolution setting appropriations for Fiscal Year 2022-23.