Clayton County, Iowa

Board of Supervisors

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

Name Term Expiration
Ron McCartney, Chairman 12/31/2014
Larry Gibbs, Vice-Chair 12/31/2016
Gary Bowden 12/31/2014

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
  • Enterprise Zone 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
  • Food + Fitness / Kellogg
  • 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
  • Upper Explorerland Transportation Board – Advisory
  • Turkey River Recreational Corridor (Trails)
  • 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 regularly on Monday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Other days are occasionally used for special meetings. Non-scheduled time is spent in workshops or available for public comment limited to ten (10) minutes per individual.

Monday, October 20, 2014

10:00   AM    

  • Approval of Claims
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Approve the contract with Covenant Medical Center for Substance Abuse treatment
  • Approve renewal of beer permit to TJ’s Pizza (Monona)  

Friday, October 24, 2014

  9:30   AM

6-County Board of Supervisors Meeting to be held in Cresco, IA
                                    

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Improvements Continue

In the last Clayton County Newsletter, two stories introduced you to the restoration and renovation at the courthouse.  The first article talked about the clock, which had a malfunction that sent the weights operating the chiming mechanism down the tower shaft.   The clock, which would ring hourly, was left silent.  It has since been disassembled piece by piece.  Rory DeMassey of AAA Watches and Antique Clocks took it back to Wayzata, Minnesota for reconstruction.

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Notice of Public Hearing - Firefly Ave

Notice of Public Hearing for Class C Classification
 
The Clayton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed Class C classification on September 29, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in their office at 600 Gunder Road, Elkader, Iowa.  Notice is in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 331.305.   Members of the public are encouraged to make oral or written statements regarding the proposed Class C classification:
           
That Portion of "Firefly Ave", originally established in 1883 (See Road Record Volume 3, page 459) lying in Sections 14-15-22-23, T91N, R5W of Clayton County, Iowa. The intention of this reclassification is to change the segment of public road commencing at the intersection of Fantail Rd and continuing south to the intersection with Faucet Rd to Class C classification.
 
Ron McCartney, Chair
Clayton County Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors Minutes - June 2, 2014

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 Gibbs, seconded by Bowden, to approve the claims for payment as presented.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve cigarette permits to PromiseLand Winery, LLC (Millville Township), Fast Trak (Boardman Township) and Kwik Star # 711 (Monona Township).  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by Bowden, to approve resolution # 17-2014 “Public Hearing on Class C Service Level of Portion of Golden Ave”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
Resolution # 17-2014
Public Hearing on Class C Service Level of Portion of Golden Ave
 
The Clayton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed Class C classification on June 16, 2014 at 10:15 A.M. in their office at 600 Gunder Road, Elkader, Iowa.  Notice is in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 331.305.   Members of the public are encouraged to make oral or written statements regarding the proposed Class C classification.
           
That Portion of "Golden Ave", originally established in 1880 (See Road Record Volume 2, page 8) lying in Section 6, T95N, R4W of Clayton County, Iowa. The intention of this reclassification is to change a segment of public road commencing at approximately 10629 Golden Ave and continuing north for the remaining length of the road to Class C classification.
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve resolution # 18-2014 “Public Hearing on Class C Service Level of Portion of 355th Street”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
Resolution #18 -2014
Public Hearing on Class C Service Level of Portion of 355th Street
 
The Clayton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed Class C classification on June 16, 2014 at 10:15 A.M. in their office at 600 Gunder Road, Elkader, Iowa.  Notice is in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 331.305.   Members of the public are encouraged to make oral or written statements regarding the proposed Class C classification.
           
That Portion of "355th Street", originally established in 1866 (See Road Record Volume 3, page 72) lying in Section 11, T91N, R4W of Clayton County, Iowa. The intention of this reclassification is to change a segment of public road commencing at approximately 26241 355th Street and continuing west to Iowa Ave to Class C classification.
 
/s/ Ron McCartney, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Attest:  /s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - May 28, 2014

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd., Elkader, IA
Present:  Larry Gibbs, Gary Bowden   Absent:  Ron McCartney (attending CSS meeting)

Brian Huinker, Midwest Benefits, discussed with the Board health insurance with his company.

Motion by Gibbs, seconded by Bowden, to approve the minutes of May 19, 2014.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden     Absent: McCartney

Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to authorize the Vice-Chairman to sign the contracts and bonds for rock resurfacing from the May 2, 2014, letting.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden  Absent:  McCartney

Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the Secondary Roads FY2014 DOT Budget Amendment and authorize the Vice-Chairman to sign the document.  Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs  Absent:  McCartney
 
A public hearing was conducted on the proposed county budget amendment to the FY 2014 county budget.  A line item explanation was given by the County Auditor.  There were adjustments made to lower the proposed expenditures.  Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the adjusted FY 2014 budget amendment.  Ayes:  Bowden, Gibbs  Absent:  McCartney
 
A public hearing was conducted on a zoning change request of Jim Fuhrman of one acre more or less from A1 Agriculture to C1 Commercial, located in the NW ¼ of the SE 1/4,  Section 3, T92N R6W (Sperry Twp).  Jim Fuhrman, owner, was present for the hearing.  No objections were heard.  Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the second reading and waive the third reading of the proposed zoning change request of Jim Fuhrman of one acre more or less from A1 Agriculture to C1 Commercial, located in the NW ¼ of the SE 1/4,  Section 3, T92N R6W (Sperry Twp).  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden   Absent: McCartney
 
A public hearing was conducted on a zoning change request by FreedomBank for property contained in the Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision back to A1 Agricultural.  Kevin Clefisch, attorney for FreedomBank, was present representing the owner of the property. No objections were heard.  Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the second reading and waive the third reading of the proposed zoning change request by FreedomBank for the Highland Bluffs Resort water park and hotel area from C1 Commercial back to A1 Agricultural, and rezone the residential platted areas from R1 Single Family Residential back to A1 Agricultural.  Located in Sections 30 and 31, T95N R3W (Mendon Twp.) and Sec. 36 T95N R4W (Giard Twp.).  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden   Absent: McCartney
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve resolution # 15-2014 “Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision Zoning Change”.  Ayes: Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
RESOLUTION # 15-2014
Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision Zoning Change
 
WHEREAS, Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision is currently zoned both R1 “Single Family Residential” and C1 “Commercial” by virtue of a zoning change approved on December 21, 2005,
 
WHEREAS,there has been no active use of thecurrent zoning designation,
 
WHEREAS, Clayton County Zoning Regulations Ordinance section 6.17 states “If the property is rezoned, and the property is not developed for eligible uses in whole or in part, within one  (1) year from such rezoning, the Planning and Zoning Commission may, after seven (7) days’ notice, in writing, to the then-recorded owner of said land providing a reasonable opportunity to be heard, initiate and recommend to the Board of Supervisors that said land be rezoned to its previous zoning classification,
 
WHEREAS, it is the desire of FreedomBank, current owner of the Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision, to have the property rezoned to A1 Agricultural,
 
WHEREAS, hearings have been held on May 19th and 28, 2014, regarding public comment on the zoning change with no objections being heard,
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors that the Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterpark Subdivision be rezoned from C1 Commercial back to A1 Agricultural, and rezone the residential platted areas from R1 Single Family Residential back to A1 Agricultural.  Located in Sections 30 and 31, T95N R3W (Mendon Twp.) and Sec. 36 T95N R4W (Giard Twp.). 
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve resolution # 16-2014 “Operating Transfers Authorization (2) FY 2014”.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden  Absent:  McCartney
 
Resolution # 16-2014
Operating Transfers Authorization (2) FY 2014
 
WHEREAS, the County Auditor recommended to the Board the following operating transfers for FY 2014:
 
From To Amount Purpose
RISE Bldg Renovation C/P General Basic $24,380.00 Close out fund; repay FY 2013 transfer
COB Renovation C/P General Basic $56,716.22 Close out fund; repay expense incurred with debt issuance and other misc. expense before bond was issued
General-Basic Clocktower Renovation C/P $30,000  Partially fund project
General-Basic Jail Bond D/S $20,000 Interest payment on bonds                                        
 
WHEREAS, these operating transfers will enhance Clayton County’s financial position,
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors that the County Auditor is authorized to make the preceding operating transfers for FY 2014.
 
/s/ Larry Gibbs, Vice-Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Attest:  /s/  Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor
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