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May 28, 2020

4/24/2020 11:58:00 AM
County Board oks $27,000,000 borrowing resolution for LEC

The Iowa County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution establishing parameters for the sale of $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds for the new law enforcement center (LEC).
Action took place at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday. It was a virtual meeting held over Zoom with some members present at the Health and Human Services building and some via virtual means.
Ground has already been broken for the law enforcement center which will be located near Taco Bell and Best Western on the north side of the City of Dodgeville. It is also close to the present jail facility.
The resolutions spelled out the sale, levy of taxes and terms of pay back. It is below the authorized amount of $29,895,000 with the remaining balance able to be borrowed later if needed.
The resolution is a parameters resolution which allows the bonds to be sold at the best possible time for the best possible rate. The resolution authorizes County Administrator Larry Bierke or Finance Director Roxie Hamilton to pick the time for the sale and finalize it on behalf of the board.
The resolution also sets the maximum interest rate of 3.5% but with the current market a lower rate is expected,
In its annual election the board voted to return John Meyers to the position of board chairman. Supervisor Ron Benish also resumed the first vice chair position and supervisor Curt Peterson remains as second vice chair.
Land use changes were approved as follows:
-Steven Hyatt for 8.97 acres in the Town of Dodgeville to change a parcel from A1 to AR1 (ag residence).
-Richard Brokish for 5.59 acres in the Town of Moscow for a residential development.
-Jeremy Norton for 5.05 acres in the Town of Waldwick to change a parcel from A1 to AR1.
In response to a question from Supervisor Dave Gollon county administrator Larry Bierke said staff throughout the county is holding up well. Most are working from home and will be filtering back as the restrictions are limited.
Meyers said there may be a spike in COVID-19 cases as there have been test kits received and will be put into use. Previously there were not enough tests available.
Supervisor Justin O'Brien asked if there is adequate staff for the health department and commended the department for its work. He added that it is a plus that former Health Director Sue Matye is back to help.
The board rescinded Ordinance 400.06 Iowa County Sanitary Ordinance and approved 400.06A to replace it.
Also approved was a drone policy for the county. The policy sets out the requirements of drones for county use.
COVID-19 has apparently created a need for a Families First Coronavirus Response policy which was approved by the board with members citing this as an unprecedented time for everyone.
A lengthy discussion took place on two related resolutions, one that excludes emergency responders and health care providers from the FFCR policy and another that provides up to 80 hours paid sick leave for those same two groups for three COVID-19 related reasons. The three reasons are for a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order, self quarantine on the advice of a health care provider or the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical advice.
Supervisors Bruce Haag and Alex Ray felt the resolution to exclude emergency responders and health care providers was unfair. Chairman Meyers said the resolution is being presented to make sure levels of care can be maintained with law enforcement and at Bloomfield Manor. It was also stated while the first resolution takes some things away the second one adds things back.
It was also stated that most requests for leave or time off have to go through a supervisor for approval.
The first resolution passed 17-3 an the second 19-1.

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