Wayne County Board of Supervisors
November 16, 2020
Meeting of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors was held on the 16th day of November 2020, in the Conference Room of the Wayne County Courthouse, Corydon, Iowa, pursuant to notice duly given in compliance with Iowa Code Section 21.4. The Board noted due notice of meeting subject to said Code Section.
Present were David Dotts, Tom Swearingin, Don Seams; members of the Board, Bill Byrns, Randy Zerr, Jen Reed, Susan Moore, Shelley Bickel, Angie Horton, Suzie Gibbs, Penny Fetters, Dr. Wells and Michelle Dooley.
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Unless otherwise noted, all motions were approved unanimously by Board members present.
Dotts called meeting to order at 9:01 AM
Pledge of Allegiance
Michelle Dooley requested the Board of Supervisors to amend the agenda to include the Hart Campaign Recount Request for the US Representative for Congressional District #2 that was received on Friday, November 13, 2020.
TSwearingin made motion to amend the agenda, seconded by Seams.
TSwearingin made motion to approve the amended agenda, seconded by Seams
Dotts swore in Don Seams as the newly elected Wayne County Board Member and Michelle Dooley as the newly elected Wayne County Auditor. Both seats had to be sworn in within 10 days of the County Canvass because of being appointed.
TSwearingin made motion to accept and approve minutes for November 2, 2020, seconded by Seams.
TSwearingin made motion to accept and approve claims for November 16, 2020 as presented, seconded by Dotts.
TSwearingin made motion to approve payroll as presented, seconded by Seams.
Shelley Bickel, Public Health Administrator and Dr. Joel Wells along with several Board of Health members presented the Board of Supervisors with the Wayne County Public Health, State of Iowa Board of Health Directive. This Directive was approved on November 11, 2020. Dr. Wells and the Public Health Board requested the Board of Supervisors to pass a Resolution showing their 100% support for the Health Directive for Wayne County. Dr. Wells is asking the residents of Wayne County to do their very best to reduce the risk of contradicting the COVID-19 by social distancing, good hygiene and 100% usage in public of face coverings/mask use. TSwearingin made a motion to pass a Wayne County Resolution in support of the Directive, seconded by Seams. This resolution is 21-14. TSwearingin also recommend getting legal counsel from Al Wilson, if the Resolution needs to become an Ordinance in the future.
RESOLUTION FULLY SUPPORTING THE WAYNE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH DIRECTIVE APPROVED NOVEMBER 11, 2020
WHEREAS, the mission statement of Wayne County Public Health is “to protect and promote the health of all residents of Wayne County”; and
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as COVID-19, is a virus that is highly contagious and primarily spreads from person to person and can result in serious illness, long-term negative health impacts or death; and
WHEREAS, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Wayne County and the state is steadily increasing at a rapid rate, posing an immediate threat to the public health of Wayne County residents and visitors, and potentially overwhelming the ability of the healthcare system to provide adequate care to those affected; and
WHEREAS, there is currently no treatment that is curative for this virus, and there is evidence on how transmission occurs, and there is evidence on the effectiveness of public health measures to reduce the spread of this virus
WHEREAS, the Wayne County Board of Health is directing all citizens of Wayne County to adopt the following public health measures on November 11, 2020.
1. Limit the Number of interactions you have with people from outside your household on a daily basis.
2. Avoid all large gatherings of people. Many recommendations specify a large gathering is more than
10 people. The more people that are in one place at one time, the more risk there is
for everyone involved.
3. Stay home if you are sick with any illness. Contact Wayne County Public Health department
(phone 641-872-1167) or healthcare provider for advice on how long to isolate.
4. Consider being tested for COVID-19 if you are sick or have been exposed to a known case. Check
the Wayne County Public Health Facebook page or website for advice or call.
5. Follow the advice you are given in regards to testing, isolation, and quarantining.
1. Wash your Hands.
2. Use hand sanitizer.
3. Disinfect surfaces appropriately.
Face Coverings / Mask Use
1. Wear an appropriate face covering every time you leave your home and when you might be within 6 feet of someone from outside your household. The purpose of your face covering is to protect others and the purpose of their face covering is to protect you. If you find yourself in a place where other people are not wearing face coverings appropriately, you are at great risk. You should consider leaving or avoiding that place altogether.
2. Exceptions to face covering / mask wearing are children less than (2 years of age) or individuals
with a legitimate medical condition that would preclude them from wearing a face covering.
However, it is anticipated that the majority of people in our community can wear a face covering
and 100% usage in public is expected to get the maximum benefit from this measure.
These are fundamental principles of public health for decreasing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. During this pandemic Wayne County Public Health asks each citizen of Wayne County to immediately comply with these directives to slow the transmission of this virus.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Wayne County Board of Supervisors is directing all citizens of Wayne County to follow the public health measures adopted by the Wayne County Public Health, State of Iowa Board of Health Directive.
HEREBY RESOLVED AND PASSED by the Board of Supervisors for Wayne County on this 16th day of November 2020.
Bill Byrns, EMA & 911 Director presented the 28E agreement that he is working on with the Wayne County Fair Board. Board of Supervisors would like to sit down with the Fair Board to get clarification on some of the details of the agreement and is requesting Byrns to explore alternative options.
Randy Zerr/Engineer gave the Board an update regarding Secondary Road Department. Zerr is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Low Water Crossing on Cedar Road. The plans sent to Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been approved. Zerr is working with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Medicine Creek project. The Medicine Creek Project is being designed by Calhoun-Burns. The Allerton S-26 Highway project is now complete. Wayne County Secondary Roads has accepted the Housby Heavy Equipment Bid for a new Volvo hydraulic excavator. Zerr is working on the County Line Agreements with Appanoose, Lucas, and Decatur County, as well as Mercer and Putnam Counties in Missouri and 28E agreement with the City of Corydon regarding the courtyard and parking lots.
Mormon Trail CSD requested an abatement of taxes, penalties and interest on parcel 010J21200004 and 010J21200010 which they recently purchased. TSwearingin made the motion to approve the abatement request for the Mormon Trail CSD, seconded by Seams.
The Recorder, Clerk of Court and Sheriff’s Monthly reports for October were presented to the BOS. Seams made motion to accept the October reports as presented, seconded by TSwearingin.
Michelle Dooley, Auditor requested the Board of Supervisors to approve the recount request made by the Hart Campaign for the 2nd Congressional District for U.S. Representative. The Hart Campaign made written request on Friday, November 13, 2020. Seams made the motion to approve the recount request made by the Hart Campaign, seconded by TSwearingin.
Dotts and TSwearingin completed and certified the Wayne County Canvass for the General Election on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Dotts also attended a Wayne, Ringgold and Decatur County Landfill meeting. Dotts expressed that the supervisors from the other two counties were not re-elected and that there will be new board members in the future. The WRD Landfill board also reviewed the financial statements.
TSwearingin attend meeting for Wayne County Conservation. Playground at the Humeston Lakeside Park should be completed. Conservation had an extremely successful year.
Seams and TSwearingin attended zoom meetings for the Wayne County Public Health Board.
Seams also attended the local South-Central Iowa Workforce Development Area (SCIWA) Region meeting by zoom and an Iowa Workforce Development meeting.
Shelley Bickel stated that everything concerned regarding Covid-19 it is great that everyone is working together for the best interest of the Wayne County residents.
Claims Paid November 16, 2020
There being no further business, the next regular session meeting of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors will be held on the 30th day of November 2020, at 9:00AM in the Wayne County Courthouse Conference Room.
Seams made motion to adjourn at 9:55 AM, seconded by TSwearingin.
David Dotts, Chairperson Michelle Dooley, Auditor