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Monday, February 25, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

COUNTY BOARD MINUTES FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2019 The Board convened on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. with the following members present: Byrne, Geerts, and Hackman. Absent: Zoll and Tilkes. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Hackman. Also present were Rick Holthaus, Terry Johnson, and a member from the media via phone conference. Motion by Geerts, Seconded by Byrne to approve agenda for February 25 & 26, 2019. Roll Call: Ayes: Geerts, Byrne, and Hackman. Absent: Zoll and Tilkes. Motion Carried. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to approve Board Minutes for February 18 & 19, 2019. Roll Call: Ayes: Byrne, Geerts, and Hackman. Absent: Zoll and Tilkes. Motion Carried. No Public comment request. Supervisor Geerts gave the Board an update on the IGHCP meeting held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and Friday, February 22, 2019. Mr. Geerts also gave an update on the Ambulance, 911, and EMA meeting held on February 19, 2019. Sheriff Marty Hemann via phone Conference met with the Board for a departmental update. Topics included the weather conditions and vehicles stranded due to the weather, Harris case closed, jail down to two inmates, and no outside boarding of prisoners in other counties. Custodian Dave Gorman met with the Board for a departmental update. Mr. Gorman informed the Board the repairs at the Jail Building and snow removal. Mr. Gorman will contact vendors regarding the replacement of lawn mower with attachments and update the Board at a later date of his findings. County Engineer Dusten Rolando met with the Board to discuss road departmental activities. The Board discussed a possible resolution under Iowa Code 53.17(2) pertaining to Absentee Ballots. Discussion followed. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to approve resolution petitioning the Governor and Legislature of Iowa to revise Iowa Code 53.17(2) pertaining to Absentee Ballots for the Board. Roll Call: Ayes: Byrne, Geerts, and Hackman. Absent: Zoll and Tilkes. Motion Carried. RESOLUTION NO. 03-25-19-10 A RESOLUTION PETITIONING THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OF IOWA TO REVISE IOWA CODE §53.17(2) PERTAINING TO ABSENTEE BALLOTS WHEREAS, county commissioners of elections receive absentee ballots after polls close on Election Day; and WHEREAS, to be counted, said absentee ballots must be “clearly postmarked by an officially authorized postal service or bear an intelligent mail barcode traceable to a date of entry into the federal mail system not later than the day before the election and received by the commissioner not later than noon on the Monday following the election” (Iowa Code §53.17(2)); and WHEREAS, the federal mail system is outside jurisdiction of Iowa law and cannot guarantee either prescribed method of authentication as basis for qualifying such absentee ballots for counting (acknowledged in Iowa Administrative Code 721-21.303(53)); and WHEREAS, absent prescribed evidence of registration in the federal mail system, said absentee ballots are disqualified from lawful counting; and WHEREAS, disqualified and uncounted absentee ballots in close races cast doubt among voters as to legitimacy of election results; and WHEREAS, such disqualified and uncounted absentee ballots have been cause to contest election results in district court and the Iowa House of Representatives. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE CHICKASAW COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors do hereby petition the Governor and Legislature of Iowa to simplify the standard for counting absentee ballots by revising Iowa Code §53.17(2) as follows: In order for the ballot to be counted, the return envelope must be received in the commissioner’s office before the polls close on election day or be clearly postmarked by an officially authorized postal service or bear an intelligent mail barcode traceable to a date of entry into the federal mail system not later than the day before the election and received by the commissioner not later than noon on the Monday following the election. PASSED AND ADOPTED this 25th day of February, 2019. Board of Supervisors Chickasaw County, Iowa. /ss/ Jacob Hackman, Chairman, Jason Byrne, Steve Geerts. Absent: David Tilkes, Tim Zoll. ATTEST: /ss/ Joan E. Knoll, Chickasaw County Auditor. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office Verification of County Receipt for Manure Management Plans & Plan Updates for Randy Swestka Farm-Home Site (ID #59070) in Section 9 of New Oregon Township located at 19415 Valley Avenue, Cresco, IA 52136. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates for Mangowood LLC (ID#68850) located at 2287 110th Street, New Hampton, IA 50659. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates for Orangewood LLC (ID#68877) located at 3030 120th Street, Lawler, IA 52154. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates for Willow Creek LLC (ID#66596) located at 2165 120th Street, New Hampton, IA 50659. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates for KMAX Farms-Haeflinger Site (ID #68501) located at 1444 130th Street, Alta Vista, IA 50603. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates Jones Custom Cattle (ID #65872) located at 1989 Asherton Avenue, Ionia, IA 50645. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office an official request to withdraw the approved Manure Management Plan and authorization to build for the JML Farm Site DNR #69273 from Pinnacle Environmental Compliance for Agriculture in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Received and filed in the Auditor’s Office MMP Short Form for Annual Updates for Bill & Tod Elliott Farm (ID#58726) located at 2969 290th Street, Fredericksburg, IA 50630. Motion by Byrne, Seconded by Geerts to adjourn at 10:00 AM. Roll Call: Ayes: Byrne, Geerts, and Hackman. Absent: Zoll and Tilkes. Motion Carried. At 9:00 AM Paul Greufe met with the Board for an Exempt Strategy session under Iowa Code Section 20; Section 17.3 Union Negotiations. The meeting ended at 10:26 AM. ___________________________ Jacob Hackman, Chairman Board of Supervisors ATTEST: _____________________________ Joan E. Knoll, Auditor
 
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