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February 17, 2019

1/21/2019 8:18:00 AM
Iowa County Board hears series of reports
The meeting began with Committee Chair Reports in which Supervisor Griffiths brought to the board's attention, the question of what they are going to do with their buildings. His committee will need help from department heads and chairs from other committees to decide what are things they anticipate needing 5-10 years out as well as where the funding for these needs will be coming from.
Under comments from the public, the board received an update on an intervention from the Badger Hollow Project. The sighting guidelines have been replaced by the local operating contract that Iowa County and other counties agreed upon and pushed through. According to Supervisor Leix, Badger Hollow is trying to throw the intervention out, it's a very back and forth topic; "Its really getting to be hard ball up there." Supervisor Gollon reminded the board to do their job impartially. He cautioned the board to wait until the facts are in and leave their own agenda out of it.
Under Land Use Changes, in the town of Linden, 1-0119 rezoning request by Rule Revocable Trust was approved.
Keith Hurlbert gave an update on the Emergency Management Department. He first thanked the board for funding positions that have been of great assistance to him. He also discussed grant funding, which helps to fund staff and directors for Emergency Management; $35,000 a year helps goes towards wages and benefits. Regarding assets, the EM department has a new truck, three new trailers, lighting equipment to assist fire departments, and hazardous material equipment, radio communication devices. The EM has a number of programs that it runs. The RAVE program is used to communicate emergency situations with the public. He also discussed putting the community back together after disastrous and other emergencies.
Katie Abbott, a County Conservationist ,came before the board to give an update on Three County Water Study. The purpose of the study was to make sure that the public has water that is safe to drink. There are three goals that the study hopes to achieve: Find out how widespread contamination is, look at sources of contamination, and analyze risk factor. They will be testing for nitrates, E. coli, and total Coliform. E. Coli is the most pressing concern, but nitrates are a close second. Total Coliform is not as much of a health risk. It is found in the environment, but they haven't pinpointed where. Until the study is complete, they are asking that people do not speculate or jump to conclusions. In the Tri-County study, 42% of the wells tested for 1 out of 3 contaminants. 58% are considered safe. Iowa County in comparison fairs slightly better. The study has shown to be consistent with past data.
There will be another round of tests this spring. Landowners will be randomly selected. There is a possibility that they will add a fecal coliform testing, however it is not currently in the budget. Lastly, of the contaminated wells, they will be doing further pathogen testing. The final analysis will not be available until 2020. Regarding the County Administrator's report, the board was informed that there are two graduates of the drug treatment court in January and February.
The survey at Bloomfield was brought up and discussed and aside from a few minor record keeping issues, it was a fairly good report. Most of the issues are easily addressable. Under the Health and Human Services Committee, Resolution No. 2-0119 requesting increased funding and oversight reforms for Wisconsin's Child Protective Services Systems was approved.
Under the General Government Committee, resolution no. 3-0119, Wage for UW Extension 4H Internship was approved.
The board also voted to donate the Middle School Murals to the Dodgeville School District, as well as to have them moved at the District's expense.

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