Supervisors Give Sheriff Green Light, Lawyer Calls For Fence Repair | New
The Monroe County Oversight Board approved the Monroe County Sheriff and the Monroe County District Attorney in requiring a landowner to repair his fence after the sheriff said his office received more than 40 calls for service concerning cattle leaving the same property and on Highway 34.
Sheriff Dan Johnson said there had been several cases at the same property, located on Highway 34 East, of cattle exiting and entering the highway, causing extreme danger to drivers. Sheriff Johnson said he had failed to get the cattle owner to cooperate in building a fence that would keep the cattle inside.
The county could take the case to court according to Monroe County Attorney John Pabst because the cattle are technically trespassing because they are off the owner’s property. If the landowner does not comply with the construction of a proper fence, then the courts could allow the county to come in and build a fence and charge the cost to the landowner’s property taxes.
After reviewing information from Johnson and Pabst, supervisors voted to allow them to move forward with pursuing legal recourse to the situation.
Supervisors also discussed the possibility of adding welfare services to their insurance plan if employees are interested. County Auditor Amanda Harlan told the board she asked Wellmark to add a wellness plan to her insurance and was told a basic plan would cost 5,304 $.
Harlan said that according to Wellmark, Monroe County employees are given things like annual physical exams and regular preventive tests at below-average rates, so adding a wellness plan that encourages those things. could help increase these rates.
This could lead to earlier detection of diseases and chronic conditions as well as better quality of life and improvements in employee health. Since the county insurance plan is self-funded, this could also result in immediate savings. Supervisors have decided to file a final decision and will send information to employees to see if they are interested in such a program.
The board of directors voted in favor of a closed session to discuss their legal strategy for Monroe County against the Iowa Firearms Coalition and JD Thompson’s counter-suit regarding supervisors signing in the Palace of justice restricting the introduction of firearms into the building. The original pursuit has been settled, but the counter pursuit is still ongoing. The board took no action after exiting its closed session.
In other cases:
The supervisory board considered a request for a tax suspension for a resident but ultimately voted against the request.
The board reviewed and approved the Property Tax Credits for Family Properties, Military, Business and Disabled Veteran’s Allowance / Denial as recommended by the assessor for the 2021 assessment year.
The board accepted and approved the annual report and the certification of the Weed Commissioner.
Council approved a utility license for REC for Section 22 of Wayne Township to add utility poles and extend their line.