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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

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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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.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

8:30 AM

  • Years of Service Ceremony & Recognition
Monday, April 21, 2014

10:00 AM

  • Approval of Claims
  • Approval of Minutes
10:30 AM
  • Public Hearing-Vacation of Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterplay Resort Subdivision Plat
  • Resolution- Vacation of Highland Bluffs Golf & Waterplay Resort Subdivision Plat

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Board of Supervisor Minutes - February 4, 2013

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd, Elkader, IA
Present:  Larry Gibbs, Ron McCartney, Gary Bowden
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the claims as presented.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
Proposed budgets were discussed with departments including the County Veteran’s Affairs department.

/s/ Ron McCartney, Chairman
/s/ Dennis Freitag, County Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - March 3, 2014

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

Brian Huinker, Midwest Benefits Group, discussed his company’s health insurance program with the Board.

Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the claims as presented.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney

Richard Zahasky and John Anderson, Clayton County’s labor negotiators, discussed with the Board the progress of labor contract renewals with the Secondary Road and Sheriff’s Office unions.
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the minutes of February 24, 2014.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
/s/ Ron McCartney, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
/s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor

Board of Supervisors Minutes - February 24, 2014

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at their office, Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Rd., Elkader, IA
Present:  Larry Gibbs, Gary Bowden, Ron McCartney
 
Motion by Bowden, seconded by Gibbs, to approve the minutes of February 10, 17 and 19th, 2014.  Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
After discussion of the financial situation of Bonnie LeFevre and realizing that the taxes will be paid when the property is sold, motion by Gibbs, seconded by Bowden, to approve the suspension of taxes for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
A group of ten citizens attended a public hearing on the proposed updated Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Long Range Transportation Plan.  John Nickolai commented that the farm to market roads was the predominant priority in the past and still is.  Larry Stone commented that this group is interested in the trails aspect and would like to see more emphasis placed on trails to be used for snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding and biking.  NEIA resources can be capitalized if worked into the trails. They would like to see the recreational and tourism aspects added to the plan for the sake of the residents of the county and the visitors.  Some statistics for tourism are that the Motor Mill site has seen approximately 1400 visitors in the past year.  The City of Elkader campground has around 400 campers this past year.  The county conservation parks have seen fees reflecting 953 campers. It is important to have good roads to promote the area for people to come and stay to help the area economically. Larry Gibbs stated that trails are a big thing and money makers in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Mary Kuehl inquired about the future of Motor Mill trail. Tim Englehardt explained that he is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements to do get to the point of being able to start construction.  Lee Lenth stated that trails are not just for biking and hiking.  The annual trail rides in the area are a big promotion of the area.  These people come back to look around more and spend money. Larry Gibbs stated that horseback riding is not big with the upcoming generation.  Lee Lenth and Mary Kuehl both stated that interests do change such as increased interest in mountain biking, kayaking, geode catching, etc., but trails still play a part of it.  Larry Stone commented that the Mississippi River Parkway regional planning for this region has a goal of promoting tourism and recreation.  Ron McCartney stated that he is concerned about the lack of progress on the Motor Mill trail done as no shovel of dirt has been moved in four years.  The revenue and the expense have been included in the county budget for four years.  He wonders if the Conservation Board has changed its emphasis on trails as it is only one line of the annual report that is regarding trails. Tim Engelhardt stated that engineering cost has been paid on the project and next will be archeological work. He is working through the regulations of the IDOT. Landowners were not to be talked to prior to the grant award (DOT regulations).  That made the landowners mad and distrustful of the administration of the trail project.  He stated that relations with the landowners have improved.  Grant funds are still available as long as the project is progressing. The progress so far has been sufficient to keep the grant award.  Ron McCartney stated that he is not satisfied with the progress and afraid of losing funding. The Chairman thanked the people in attendance for their comments and declared the public hearing closed.
 
A draft copy of the proposed county budget for FY 2015 was presented by the County Auditor and discussed with the Board.  The valuation for the county has increased 4.3%.  The “net current tax” (paid by property taxpayer) is 49% of the proposed total revenue.  The proposed tax rate is down by 6.8 cents per thousand.  Total expenditures are $1.073 million less and revenues are $829 thousand less.  The Board directed the County Auditor to publish the proposed county budget.
 
Motion by Gibbs, seconded by Bowden, to appoint Peggy Lane as HIPAA Administration Privacy Officer, Ryan Johnson for HIPAA Law Enforcement Privacy & Security Officer and Bill Armstrong as the HIPAA  General Security Officer.    Ayes:  Gibbs, Bowden, McCartney
 
/s/ Ron McCartney, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
/s/ Dennis Freitag, Clayton County Auditor
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