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July 19, 2019

6/21/2019 12:53:00 PM
Iowa County Board approves ordinance changes, gets reports

Matt Allen was not in his usual seat for the Iowa County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night for their June meeting.
He wasn't absent. He was "kicked upstairs" so to speak.
Allen had been the ADA and corporation counsel for Iowa County since 2011 but Monday he was sworn in as the new District Attorney.
County Administrator Larry Bierke updated the board on what will happen going forth.
"We are starting a search and advertising for a replacement ADA and corporation counsel," Bierke said. He said he expects someone on board within three weeks.
During discussion Bierke said the ADA position is 75% of the job and corporation counsel 25%.
A power point presentation was scheduled on progress on the new law enforcement center but was tabled until next meeting. There was some discussion about the plan with questions from supervisor James Griffiths and community member Nancy Tews.
Griffiths said when he toured the new facility in Grant County he noticed there were no changing stations for inmates who are mothers or mothers with children who visit. He asked about the plan for the Iowa County center.
Supervisor Curt Peterson said there are plans for changing stations in the new center.
Tews asked the committee and the board to be transparent with the public about several items. They included:
-explain why the new facility is 3.7 times larger than the present jail.
-with the anticipated need for at least seven new staff members how do you expect to find them?
-explain the anticipated cost savings with the new facility.
-compare the new facility with the old one
-what are you looking at for alternatives to incarceration
-what will happen to the old facility
-how are you weighing the liability with the new center with the liability associated with county roads in need of repair and services to the ages
Peterson also had supervisor Joan Davis discuss a presentation on the new facility she is planning to have ready for people to see and ask questions at the Farmers Appreciation Day activities.
Appearing before the board was Karren Zimmerman who is on the board for the Dodgeville Public Library. She explained how the library is involved in activities and with other communities such as Ridgeway and Highland and explained the many services the library provides.
The Iowa County Child Support Agency received the Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award. The agency was honored for benchmarks which include a paternity establishment rate of 90% or greater, a court order establishment rate of 80% or greater, a collection rate on current support of 80% or greater and an arrears case collections rate of 80% or greater.
The Iowa County agency, directed by Deb Rosenthal, was one of 17 honored with the award.
"Deb does a wonderful job and we are fortunate to have her," said supervisor Ron Benish who ran the meeting as chairman John Meyers was excused.
Supervisor Don Leix thanked Bierke for coming to his farm for a tour. He also said he showed Bierke the Badger Hollow project and how approval was recently received to move the transformer to a choice piece of land he feels would be better used for agriculture.
Leix also updated the board on the ATC Hickory Creek project upcoming meetings.
"If you want to have your feelings known make it to the meetings," he said.
Griffiths reported on the Long Range Planning meeting where a second courtroom is planned for the old board room in the courthouse.
"Iowa County is the third greatest when it comes to the judge's workload and the governor is looking at adding another judge if we have a second courtroom," Griffiths said.
He added that a second room would not need space for a jury and anticipated costs to remodel the old board room is $200,000 with much of that for safety. The old board room has been used for court before, especially during remodeling of the regular court room.
He also discussed a movement underway in Wisconsin to have wheel tax proposals go to referendum so the people decide instead of government.
"We take in between $425,000 and $450,000 which doubles with the state and federal match," he said. "It the move to referendum is approved we will lose the wheel tax."
Supervisor Bruce Paull reported on the recent clean energy meeting.
Supervisor Rick Rolfsmeyer reported on a recent Iowa County Fair Board meeting and said it was decided to keep the fair at the same dates (over Labor Day weekend) for the next two years.
Rolfsmeyer also said the board is looking at replacing the poultry barn as it about ready to collapse and is looking at a capital project which would create 20-30 camp sites with electricity and parking.
The board received a report from Hidden Valleys, Inc. The report showed the 2018 was a strong year for tourism in Iowa County. Included was:
-$59.5 million in total business sales for Iowa County, an increase of 3.48% from 2017.
-there were 427 jobs supported by Iowa County last year mostly in small businesses, travel and hospitality.
-room tax revenue was up .89% last year and $3.5 million that visitors generated in state and local taxes in 2018.
-there were 56 projects that received funding from the state, generating $74 million net economic impact.
The board approved several requests for land use changes. They include:
-Five acres in the town of Arena from A1 agriculture to AR1 agricultural residential for William Orth and  Doug and Kathy Hafenbredl for a one single family residence, accessory structures and limited ag use, including up to three animals.
-2,187 acres from AR1-ag residential to AB1, ag business in the town of Linden by Cindy and John Reynolds. A conditional use permit will be required and cropping would be a permitted use.
-6.01 acres in the town of Moscow by Robert Benson for a rezone from A1 ag to AR1 ag residential for a single family residence with limited ag use and up to three livestock type animal units.
-3.53 acres in the town of Ridgeway from B3 Heavy Business to C1 Conservancy made by the township. This was caused by the interchange project and the township has no plans to develop this lot. The open space could be used for cropping.
The board filled some vacancies on various committees and boards. Bill Grover was appointed to the Ethics Committee for a three year term ending June 1, 2022. Steve Holmgren was named to the Southwest Wisconsin Library System Board for a three year term ending June 1, 2022.
The board acted on a budget amendment that allows the transfer of funds from the highway fund balance to the highway department balance. The amount transferred was $425,000 to cover expenses of $150,000 for a shortfall from county highway winter maintenance and $275,000 for county highway preventative maintenance. The highway preventative maintenance includes fixing culverts damaged by the heavy rains in fall 2018 and spring 2019. Usually a handful of replacements are done annually but there have been 48 locations identified as needing repair.
The board approved the transfer.
Benish asked the board to send Meyers their thoughts on a 3.5% raise in membership cost to belong to the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The raise would put Iowa County's share at $28,844.
Meyer sits on the SWWRPC board and will vote on the increase next month.
The board approved a new Iowa County Airport Overlay zoning ordinance which moves the map to include all of Linden and part of the city of Mineral Point. Zoning Administrator Scott Godfrey said structures over 50 feet in height will need approval and construction of such buildings as a hospital would come under the ordinance. He said everything that is in effect now is grandfathered in.
The present overlay ordinance was then rescinded.
Approved was an amended ordinance which allows recreation residential rentals added as a conditional use permit under R1single family and AR1 agricultural residential zoning districts.
Iowa County highway department head Craig Hardy presented an ordinance for county tourism oriented directional signs. The ordinance will allow signage paid for by tourist businesses at $500 which the county will order and install. The agreement will be for a 10 year term before replacement is required.
An operational ordinance for the Tri-County Airport was introduced and will be acted upon next meeting. Supervisor Steve Deal pointed out an error he asked to be corrected for the next reading. The change spells out who is responsible in case. a member is expelled.
The board voted to require background checks for anyone working with child support as a public safety measure.
The board voted in favor or refunding $150 to Scott Shearer which he paid for a permit to replace a lean on a horse stable on his property that was damaged by ice and snow accumulation.

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