Clayton County, Iowa

Board of Supervisors

Location:  County Office Building
Position:  Elected to four year terms

Name Term Expiration
Gary Bowden, Chairman 12/31/2018
Larry Gibbs, Vice-Chair 12/31/2016
Ron McCartney 12/31/2018

The Board of Supervisors is the legislative body of the County and the following are some of its duties and powers:

  • Approves bonds of county officials
  • Establishes and vacates public highways
  • Levies taxes to produce revenue for county purposes
  • Allows claims against the county and orders them paid
  • Allows applications for Homestead, Military, and Family Farm Credit
  • Fills vacancies in county offices, except members of its own body
  • Canvasses the vote totals of elections
  • Approves all budgets of county
  • Appoints a County Engineer to supervise the county road system
  • Oversees the maintenance of the county buildings
  • Appoints all members to the following county boards:  Conservation, Health, Zoning, Board of Adjustment, Care Review
  • Appoints individual members to the following boards:  Civil Service, Compensation, Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission, Eminent Domain Compensation Commission

Boards they serve on:

Larry Gibbs:

  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission-Business
  • Upper Explorerland Transportation Board - Policy
  • Upper Explorerland Revolving Loan Fund Board
  • Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Board
  • Regional DHS Advisory Board
  • 1st Judicial Department of Corrections Board
  • Resource Conservation and Development Board
  • County Courthouse & Office Buildings
  • Clayton County Disaster Recovery Committee
  • ISAC District 6 Supervisors Chairman
  • Turkey River Watershed Management Authority-alternate
  • County Social Services - alternate

Gary Bowden:

  • Scenic Acres
  • Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging (Northeast Iowa 3A)
  • Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging-Aging Building Board
  • Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency
  • Clayton County Economic Development Board
  • Clayton County Economic Development Revolving Loan Board
  • Clayton County Economic Development Housing Advisory Committee
  • Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Board
  • Upper Explorerland Housing Commission
  • Clayton County Substance Abuse Board
  • Clayton County Communication Board
  • E-911 Board
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Hazard Mitigation Commission
  • Iowa Workforce Development Board

Ron McCartney:

  • Law Enforcement Center Building
  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission - Executive Board
  • Turkey River Watershed Management Authority
  • REAP
  • Northeast Iowa Mental Health Board
  • Northeast Iowa Community Action Board
  • DeCat Advisory Board
  • Empowerment Board – HAWC
  • Iowa Workforce Development Board – Alternate
  • Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Board – Alternate
  • 1st Judicial District Department of Corrections – Alternate
  • County Social Services

Contact Information

Board of Supervisors Agenda

All meetings are to be held in the Supervisors Office, 600 Gunder Rd NE, Elkader, Iowa, unless otherwise stated.  The board meets on Monday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Non-scheduled time is spent in workshops or available for public comment limited to 10 minutes per individual. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

10:00 AM

  • Approval of Claims
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Approval for contract # 2014-S-04 State Historical Society of Iowa “registration at  League of Historic American Theatres Regional Conference”
10:30 AM
  • Gregerson Electric: Wiring in county office building

10:45 AM

  • Bridget Ellenson-Abandonment of two mobile homes

11:00 AM

  • Zoning question for construction near Monona Airport (1 hr.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10:00 AM

  • Denise Ballard-FY16 Health insurance renewal

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Board of Supervisors Minutes - February 9, 2015

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd., Elkader, IA
Present:  Ron McCartney, Larry Gibbs, Gary Bowden
 
Gary Goyette, John Nikolai and Myron Phelps discussed with the Board about the items that are stored in the attic of the Courthouse and the architect’s proposal to finish the clock tower renovation project. A grant is being applied for $50,000 with a similar match.
 
Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to authorize the Chairman to sign an extension of the office space agreement with Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County at the County Office Building.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to award contract on Project FM-CO22(076)—55-22 and FM-CO22(079)—55-22 Great River Road longitudinal sub drains and PCC pavement grade/replace to Tschiggfrie Excavating Co., Dubuque, IA, for a total of $1,133,207.51.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by McCartney, to approve resolution # 7-2015 “Operating Transfer”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Resolution # 7-2015
Operating Transfer to Clock tower Renovation Capital Project Fund
 
WHEREAS, because of legal restrictions in regard to budgeting and the use of levies it becomes necessary to make operating transfers between funds,
 
WHEREAS, the County Auditor monitors the need for these transfers,
 
WHEREAS, the Courthouse Clock Tower Renovation Capital Project Fund is not a tax levying fund and has to be funded from other sources,
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of Clayton County, Iowa, that Dennis Freitag, County Auditor, is authorized to make an operating transfer in the amount of $1,000.00 from the General Basic Fund to the Courthouse Clock Tower Renovation Capital Project Fund.
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by McCartney, to approve the minutes of February 4, 2015.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
/s/ Gary Bowden, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Attest: /s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - February 4, 2015

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd., Elkader, IA
Present:  Ron McCartney, Larry Gibbs, Gary Bowden
 
Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to make the following appointments to the various boards and commissions.  Ayes: Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Zoning Board of Adjustment-term ending 12-31-2019 (5 yr. term)
Jim Smith, Elgin (fill vacancy-term ending 12-31-2015)
 
Pioneer Cemetery Commission-term ending 12-31-2016 (two yr. term)
Leon Dibble, Postville
Lee Embretson, Farmersburg
Bruce Collins, Elkader
 
Eminent Domain Condemnation Compensation Commission (1 yr. term ending 12-31-15)
Real Estate sector:
Dan Parker, Guttenberg
Owen Sylvester, Elkport
Steve Russett, Monona
Randy Willie, Strawberry Point
Jean Green, Guttenberg
Dan Bickel, McGregor
 
Rural sector:
Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg
Steve Schroeder, Garnavillo
Nick Meyer, Monona
Kathy Wettleson, Postville
James Fuhrman, Volga
Denise Thompson, Monona
 
Urban sector:
Arlys Fitzgerald, Elkader
Randy Adams, Garnavillo
Andy Reimer, Garnavillo
Darla Kelchen, Strawberry Point
Myra Voss, Elkader
 
 
Banking sector:
Dale Linderbaum, Monona
Paul Manson, Guttenberg
Alan Johnson, Elkader
Tom Neuhaus, Monona
William Robinson, Garnavillo
Herbert Surom, Strawberry Point
Keith Garms, Elkader
 
                       
UERPC- Enhancement Advisory Committee-term ending 12-31-2015 (annual term)
Jenna Pollock                                  Conservation Director                     
Darla Kelchen                                Historical, Tourism, Enhancement 
Dean Hilgerson                             Certified Local Government            
 
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by McCartney, to approve the minutes of February 2, 2015.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
The Board and the County Engineer visited a bridge on Ivory Road.
 
/s/ Gary Bowden, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Attest: /s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - February 2, 2015

Meeting of the Clayton County Board of Supervisors at their office, 600 Gunder Road, Elkader, Iowa.
Present: Gary Bowden, Larry Gibbs and Ron McCartney
 
McCartney moved to approve claims as presented. Gibbs seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
McCartney moved to approve the minutes of the January 21, 2015. Gibbs seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
McCartney moved to approve the Osterdock Bridge deck overlay project for $279,893.00 and authorize the chairman to sign the contract and bond with Cramer & Associates, Inc. Gibbs seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
Gibbs moved to approve the renewal of a liquor license to Guttenberg Community Golf Club. McCartney seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
McCartney moved to approve a beer permit to Kwik Star #711. Gibbs seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
Gibbs moved to approve the renewal of a liquor license to DTM, Inc., d/b/a Fast Trak. McCartney seconded. Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs, McCartney.
 
The Supervisors met with John Anderson and Rick Zahasky to discuss upcoming union negotiations.
 
/s/ Gary Bowden, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
 
Attest: /s/ Peggy K. Lane, Deputy Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - January 21, 2015

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd., Elkader, IA
Present:  Ron McCartney, Larry Gibbs, Gary Bowden
 
Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the minutes of January 19, 2015.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by McCartney, to approve resolution # 3-2015 “RUTF County Supervisors Association Resolution”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
Resolution # 3-2015
RUTF County Supervisors Association Resolution     
 
WHEREAS, the Iowa Association of County Supervisors recognizes that a high quality transportation system serves as the artery for economic activity and that the condition of the infrastructure in the State of Iowa is a key element for our future economic growth; and
 
WHEREAS, an integral part of the State of Iowa’s Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) is the fuel tax, which has not been significantly increased since 1989, while maintenance and construction costs have more than doubled during that same timeframe; and
 
WHEREAS, there have been several state-wide studies completed over the past 10 years identifying the requirement to significantly increase the amount of funding for the administration, maintenance and improvements to our state-wide public roadway system, including the 2006 Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) study, the 2011 Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) study completed per 2011 Iowa Code Section 307.31, and the 2011 Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission (CAC) created by Governor Branstad; and
 
WHEREAS, the 2008 TIME-21 study documented the fact that under today’s funding structure and highway usage, over 20% of the travel done in Iowa is by out-of-state drivers while only 13% of the state’s road use revenues come from out of state drivers; and
 
WHEREAS, the funding provided by the implementation of the TIME-21 Fund in 2009 is inadequate to meet the critical maintenance and improvements needs for the State of Iowa’s transportation system; and
 
WHEREAS, 95% of Road Use Tax Fund revenues are required by the Iowa Constitution to be spent only on our roadways; and
 
WHEREAS, due to the severe shortage in state funding to meet the critical needs of our roadway system, several Iowa counties have had to resort to issuing millions of dollars of bonds to pay for their most critical maintenance needs, which will have to be paid off through property taxes; and
 
WHEREAS, the 2011 Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Council report to Governor Branstad and the Iowa Legislature identified the need for at least $215 million per year of increased funding over the next 20 years, in addition to the funding being provided by the TIME-21 revenues, just to meet the most critical needs of our transportation infrastructure; and
 
WHEREAS, the Iowa Good Roads Association, the Iowa County Engineer’s Association, and numerous business related associations throughout Iowa have publically supported the call for increased RUTF funding;
 
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors and the Clayton County Board of Supervisors strongly encourages the implementation a long-term, sustainable transportation funding solution to address the critical needs of our infrastructure system.
1.    Provide adequate state-wide funding to offset the projected shortfall for our most critical needs of over $215 million annually through an increase of the motor fuel tax revenues.
2.    Enable the Iowa Department of Transportation to provide primary highway funds to counties and cities in lieu of federal funds, providing increased efficiencies for state and local governments.
3.    Increase the permit fee for oversize/overweight vehicles. 
4.    New funding should be distributed consistent with the Road Use Tax Fund distribution formula.
 
And, BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors and the Clayton County Board of Supervisors support the ongoing evaluation of creative, supplemental solutions to increased RUTF funding
 
Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to approve resolution # 4-2015 “Determining the number of deputies, clerks and assistants” after changing the Auditor assistants column to zero and deputies to 3.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
 
RESOLUTION # 4-2015
 
RE:  Determining number of deputies, assistants and clerks of the elected offices
 
Whereas, in accordance with Chapter 331.903.1 of the Iowa Code the Board of Supervisors is to determine the number of deputies, assistants and clerks of the elected offices and upon appointment by the elected officer approve the appointment of deputies, assistants and clerks,
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Clayton County, Iowa, that the following determination is made regarding the number of deputies, assistants and clerks of the elected offices:
 
Office Deputies Assistants Clerks
Auditor 3 0 0
Treasuer 6 0 0
Recorder 2 0 0
Sheriff 11 0 2
Attorney 0 2 1

Motion by Gibbs, seconded by McCartney, to approve resolution # 5-2015 “County On-Road Structure Policy”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden
Resolution # 5-2015
County On-Road Structure Policy
WHEREAS, precipitation events are increasing in intensity resulting in extensive damage to county roads, bridges, and culverts.
WHEREAS, runoff from intense precipitation events stresses and degrades aging county roads, bridges, and culverts.
WHEREAS, county budgets are overwhelmed with damaged road, bridge, and culvert repairs to the extent that repair projects are delayed in completion.
WHEREAS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes existing local policy regarding infrastructure replacement when distributing disaster relief funds.
THEREFORE, Clayton County will consider on-road water retention structures at locations that an existing structure is in need of repair or replacement and meets the criteria as defined herein this policy.
           
1     ON ROAD WATER RETENTION STRUCTURES

1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this section 1 regarding on-road water retention is to (i) minimize roads, bridge/culvert damage from high-volumes of runoff during high precipitation events; (ii) protect communities and residents from flooding (iii) protect agricultural land and farming activity along riparian areas; (iv) reduce the amount of nutrients entering surface and ground waters;  (v) minimize soil erosion; (vi) protect agricultural lands from the effects of drought; (vii) provide habitat for wildlife, including endangered species of migratory birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

1.2Definitions
  • On-road water retention structure– dam or retaining structure created to temporarily or permanently retain water to reduce runoff
  • Zone of inundation – area of land permanently or temporarily covered in water above on-road water retaining structure
1.3Location
  1. County owned/maintained roads will receive priority for on-road water retention structures.  In the event that maintenance responsibilities or ownership is shared with another entity, the county may work with that entity if both parties are in agreement that an on-road water retention structure is suitable for a location.
  2. On-road water retention structures will only be placed on roads that are gravel or other non-paved surface.
  3. The use of on-road water retention structures cannot stop permanently flowing water or streams.
  4. Failed or failing structures or damaged structures will receive priority to be replaced by an on-road water retention structure.  On-road water retention structures can also be used as protection of larger bridges or culverts by being placed upstream of the larger bridge or culvert.
1.4 Landowner Participation
  1. Upstream landowner(s) must voluntarily agree that an on-road water retention structure may be installed through an easement agreement (doc#) with the County for the zone of inundation.  
  2. The county will not obtain land through eminent domain for on-road water retention structures.

Motion by McCartney, seconded by Gibbs, to approve resolution # 6-2015 “Calling for Additional Funding or Reallocation of Current Funding for Crisis Stabilization Beds in the State of Iowa”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, McCartney, Bowden

Resolution # 6-2015
 
Calling for Additional Funding or Reallocation of Current Funding for Crisis Stabilization Beds in the State of Iowa
 
WHEREAS, the State of Iowa has issued funding used for the creation/allocation of Crisis Stabilization Beds in the State of Iowa; and
 
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors in Clayton County recognizes that the current mental health system in Iowa lacks enough bed space to respond appropriately in situations where individuals alleged to be seriously mentally impaired and/or suffering from substance abuse related disorders are in a state of immediate crisis and as a result are not receiving necessary treatment; and
 
WHEREAS, Communication problems between law enforcement agencies, hospitals and members of the mental health/substance abuse system adds to the problem; and
 
WHEREAS, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, County Social Services and other agencies have repeatedly encountered situations where individuals alleged to be seriously mentally ill and/or suffering from a substance abuse related disorders who pose a danger to themselves or others are being imprisoned, given minimal treatment and released or sent directly back out into the public - not because they don’t need treatment/involuntary commitment, but because there is not enough bed space and treatment resources available in the State of Iowa to address these needs; and
 
WHEREAS, dual diagnosis is a very common occurrence in the State of Iowa, where an individual suffers from both a serious mental illness and a substance abuse related disorder, yet dual diagnosis bed space in the State of Iowa is sparse; and
 
WHEREAS, individuals who do receive treatment for the purposes of stabilization are not being provided with the necessary follow-up care to maintain stabilization, resulting in additional mental health/substance abuse episodes, which creates an unnecessary financial burden on the County/State through emergency hospitalizations, incarcerations, etc.; and
 
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors believes it would be beneficial to establish a panel comprised of representatives from the Department of Correctional Services, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, County Social Services, local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Inspections and Appeals to address the shortcomings in the currently established protocol for involuntary commitments and treatment plans; and
 
WHEREAS, the ultimate goal of the Board of Supervisors is to establish a cooperative mental health treatment system which provides efficient services to those individuals alleged to be seriously mentally ill and/or suffering from a substance abuse related disorder so as to avoid danger to said individuals and the public and utilizes funds in a fiscally responsible manner by placing focus on providing necessary emergency treatment and aftercare treatment up front, without the need for repeated emergency room visits and applications for involuntary commitments.
 
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors that efforts shall be taken by Clayton County to urge the State of Iowa to reallocate current funds or allocate additional funds for the purpose of establishing additional beds in Iowa and additional treatment resources for those with mental health and substance abuse needs, including the urging of creating a panel to address said shortcomings and reallocation of funds.
 
/s/ Gary Bowden, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Attest: /s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor
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