by Steve Peterson
Jim Henrich of Akron and Don Kass of Remsen will continue to serve as chairman and vice chairman of the Plymouth County supervisors for 2013, following action at the Jan. 2 organizational meeting. There were no other nominations.
“They (the other supervisors) asked me if I would be willing to be chairman for this year before the meeting and I said ‘yes,’” said Henrich, who was reelected to a four-year term on Nov. 6.
“We all get along pretty well,” said Henrich of his fellow supervisors and county-wide elected officials.
For Kass this will be his third year as vice chairman.
During the meeting, many appointments were approved, all by unanimous vote:
• Reappointed Cecil Lang to the Veterans Affairs Board for a three-year term.
• Reappointed Steve Meis to the County Board of Health for a three-year term.
• Reappointed Dan Albert to the County Board of Adjustment for a five-year term.
• Reappointed Richard Harpenau to the Plymouth County Zoning Board for a five-year term.
• Lisa Harris of rural Akron was appointed to the Plymouth County Conservation Board for a five-year term. She takes the place of Phyllis Bates of Le Mars. Harris will be sworn in at the Jan. 10 Conservation Board meeting.
• Appointed Marlys Van Otterloo from County Board District No. 2 to the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Advisory Board for a three-year term.
• Appointed resident Doug Becker from County Board District No. 4 to the LOST Advisory Board for a three-year term.
• Appointed Tom Letsche from County Board District No. 3 to theLOST Advisory Board for a three-year term.
• Appointed Jim Schroeder as a Henry Township trustee; and
• Appointed Vernon Letsche as the Henry Township Clerk.
In other county business:
• Supervisors, after an explanation from County Engineer Tom Rohe, approved a revised Title VI Nondiscriminatory Policy for highway work as required by Iowa Department of Transportation.
“On Dec. 4 the board had passed a resolution to adopt a plan of DOT assurances. DOT has since revised the language. They would like us to reapprove these with the new language. The resolution that was passed is fine but I would like us to rescind the plan and approve a revised one with the different language for assurance. DOT felt that the reference to it in the old plan should state the local public agency, county or city. There are some differences with a local agency that is under 200,000 in population versus an agency that is over 200,000 with different requirements,” said Rohe.
The supervisors approved the revised nondiscrimination agreement by a 4-0 vote after rescinding the Dec. 4 agreement in the same action.
The Plymouth County budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 will be discussed, starting Jan. 8.
Plymouth County Supervisors’ meetings take place at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 Fourth Ave. SE, Le Mars. They are open to the public.