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Rural residents need permit for dust control

By Rusty Ebert, Ledger correspondent | Feb 17, 2017

KEOSAUQUA – Rural residents who want dust control in front of their houses will pay for a permit fee this year.

On the recommendation of Van Buren County Engineer Ryne Thornburg, the county board of supervisors Monday approved an updated dust control permit,  adding a $20 annual permit fee for such permit ($50 fee for late filing permits).

The vote was 2-1, with supervisors Ted Nixon and Mark Meek voting for and supervisor Bob Waugh voting against.

Thornburg said he has been reviewing the dust control policy, as people will be applying for a permit in the near future.

He said currently, people are required to have a permit for dust control, but there is no charge for the permit. He said the county expends time and maintenance for the permits.

Before the dust control is applied, the road must be prepared within a certain time in front of the house, in addition to some office work, Thornburg told supervisors.

“There is time and some work involved,” said Thornburg. “I looked at other counties surrounding Van Buren County.

“Davis County charges $20 for a permit fee and $45 for a late fee. Jefferson County charges $20 and $50. Washington County charges $50 and $100. I feel $20 is minimal.”

Waugh said he was against the fee.

‘”I’ve contacted several people about what they thought of the fee and I didn’t have good results,” said Waugh. “Their comment is that this should be part of the county employee’s job and they are already paying for it.”

Thornburg said, in essence, it’s an added job.

“They wouldn’t go through the extra prep if there weren’t dust control done,” stated Thornburg. “It’s more expensive to do a short section, than a large section, especially if we have to add rock to that smaller section.”

Last year, there were 198 people who applied for a dust control permit in Van Buren County, Thornburg said.

Jon Finney asked about “the other 7,000 people who  are  currently paying for the 200 people with permits.”

Waugh asked about what happens if people apply their own dust control.

Thornburg said, “I’m not opposed to having someone applying it as long as they have a permit and it meets county policy.”



• The chairman was authorized to sign a form for the transfer of funds from the county’s farm to market account to the Iowa DOT in the amount of $576.84 on a bridge replacement project.

• Supervisor Nixon asked Thornburg about possible changes in the way the county pays and receives Airgas product.

• The board approved a resolution for a lease-purchase agreement between Van Buren County and Libertyville Savings Bank in the principal amount of $399,602 at 2.45 percent for a five-year period beginning April 10, 2017, for the purchase of two new motor graders.   The vote was 2-1, with supervisors Waugh and Meek voting for and Nixon voting against. Nixon  said he agrees with the need to purchase the graders, but opposed financing because of the precedent. Meek and Waugh said this gives the county more options.

• Thornburg presented quotes on a new excavator. They were:

CAT 320F, $212,683; CAT 323F, $244,043; Deere 210GLC, $190,300; Deere 250GLC, $227,750; Komatsu PC210LC-11, $192,450 and Volvo EC220LE, $157,775.

Thornburg said after reviewing the weight of the Deere 250GLC, he is not considering it because it would exceed the weight limit with the low boy. Thornburg plans to have the companies bring in the other machines for a demo.

“This was not done as a sealed bid and it was advertised that price wasn’t necessarily the only consideration,” Thornburg said.


Because each company did not have much of a trade-in c es, juvenile detention costs.

The increased revenues total: $424,500 and the increased expenditures totaled $590,800.

According to the claims that supervisors have approved in November, December and January, the amount paid to FM Brown law firm, which represented the county in the removal of Abraham Watkins, totaled $69,111.12. The case is under appeal.

• Melissa Daugherty, representing Healthy Villages, reported on the organization. Healthy Villages is funded by the Van Buren Foundation, Van Buren Hospital and local corporate sponsors. Projects include the fitness centers, farmers market, Fill the Food Pantry project, Nutritional environmental measures, community gardens, health screenings and workshops.

Daugherty said so far, the fitness centers have been been well attended. Usage has ranged from  12 to 50 different people each month at the various existing centers. Usage at the Bonaparte center, which recently opened, has seen 200 different people.

• Wellmark BC/BS of Iowa representatives Mike McCauley and Doug Jackson were present to update the board on Wellmark benefits and rates for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Van Buren County Deputy Auditor Laurie Burgason was also present. Increase is expected to be around 9.83 percent.

• A total of 17 applications were received for the sign technician position open at the secondary roads department. Interviews could be held as early as this week, according to Thornburg.

• Supervisors discussed the county’s policy on rocking level B roads, after  secondary roads heard inquiries on two level B roads, including the Amish bypass near Bonaparte.

• The board approved 2.75 percent across the board increase in salaries for most non-union salaries.  The following maximum base salaries/mileage reimbursement rates for the one year period beginning July 1, 2017, were adopted:

Joshua Sullivan, road foremen-$43,923, Jason Copeland, Eng. Assistant-$20.25/hour, Dale House, Eng. Secretary-$16.49/hour, Mike Housholder, Crt. Hse. Custodian-$33,750, Lindee Thomas, Local Health Nurse Administrator-$50,390, Peggy Simpkins, Nurse-$20.00/hour, Martha Sullivan, Nurse-$21.56/hour, Rhonda Stutzman,  HHA-$13.90/hour, Lana Beggs, HHA-$12.27/hour, Heather Johnson, Local Health Nurse office manager-$13.54/hour, Gerald Hannam, PT Sanitarian-$11.75/hour, Richard Daugherty-Conservation director-$42,641, Cheryl Duke, Greef Store Mgr./Office secretary-$33,113, Doug Haynes, Morris Park Cust.-$4,515, PT Greef Store starting-minimum wage to $9.00/hour, PT Conservation field-minimum wage to $12.00/hour, Kathy Saltzgaver, PT CPC/GA/VA-$10.56/hour, Sheryl Muhs, Dep. Recorder-$38,076, Lisa Plecker, Dep. Auditor-$40,254, Laurie Burgason, Dep. Auditor-$40,254, Heather Davis, Dep. Treasurer-$33,783, Ruth Teeter, Dep. Treasurer-$38,076, Brad Hudson, Chief Deputy Sheriff-$25.69/hour base, Lacey Weller Vandegriff, lead dispatcher/civil-Sheriff-$19.83/hour, Robin Kovar, Assistant Jail Administrator-$19.83/hour, FT Dispatcher/jailers-hire-$17.56/hr., FT Dispatcher/jailers-certified after six months-$19.04/hour, PT Dispatcher/jailers-$16.81/hour, Deputy sheriff’s: Hire-$20.91/hour, six-month-$21.54/hour, one-year-$22.14/hour, 18-months-$22.75/hour, two-years-$23.36/hour, threeyears-$24.06/hour.

Mileage rate re-imbursement for all county employees 38¢.  Reubel Fund bonus to Home Health Aides/Nurses-$2,000 in total to be distributed as additional mileage paid for actual home visit mileage incurred in 2017 to be paid semi-annually in August 2017 and February 2018.

• The following county paid holidays were approved for the 2018FY: Independence Day-Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Labor Day-Monday, September 4, 2017, Veterans Day-Friday, November 10, 2017, Thanksgiving Days-Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, 2017, Christmas-Monday, December 25, 2017, New Year’s-Monday, January 1, 2018, President’s Day-Monday, February 19, 2018, Good Friday-Friday, March 30, 2018, Memorial Day-Monday, May 28, 2018.

Mike Miller and Pat Shaw, officers of the VBC CLG Commission were present to discuss programs of the commission, website hosting, and review of the annual report. Miller asked about posting links to the county’s website.   Following review of the annual report, the chair was authorized to sign the same.

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