The Tama County Conservation Board met in regular session on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, in the Nature Center Library, Otter Creek Park.

 

Chair Adolphs called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Members present were: Adolphs, Anderson, Benda, Little and Wiese. Also present: Jim Porter, Tama, Etzel and Wise.

Minutes from the regular session of December 7, 2005, were read.  Moved by Wiese, seconded Little to approve the minutes as read, carried. (All voting aye)

The following bills were presented:

 

BILLS SUBMITTED, BOARD MEETING, JANUARY 4, 2006

 

 

 

TO BE PAID FROM GEN'L FUND

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of Bill

Category Total

0001-6100-113-22-013 Health Ins- Co Share

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

 Etzel Family for January

1,307.70

1,307.70

0001-6100-260-22 Office Supplies

 

 

 

Staples Credit Plan

#5773777001 misc supplies

132.40

132.40

0001-6100-414-22-990 Telephone

 

 

 

Iowa Telecom

17Dec05,  484-2231 (office), 484-4157 (payphone)

112.67

 

 

17Dec05,  484-5314 (shop)

48.81

 

Verizon

16Dec04, 484--5314 (shop)

8.53

 

 

16Dec04, 484-4157 (payphone)

8.53

 

 

16Dec04, 484-2231 (Office)

19.34

 

 

 

197.88

197.88

0001-6110-101-22-223 Salary- Main Supervisor

 

 

 

Wise, Craig

2-Dec-05

1,305.60

 

 

16-Dec-05

1,372.92

 

 

30-Dec-05

1,305.60

 

 

 

3,984.12

3,984.12

0001-6110-101-22-224 Salary

 

 

 

Dolash, Ron

2-Dec-05

1,189.60

 

 

16-Dec-05

1,189.60

 

 

30-Dec-05

1,189.60

 

 

 

3,568.80

3,568.80

0001-6110-113-22-013 Health Ins- Co Share

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

Dolash family for January

1,307.70

 

 

Wise for January (life insurance only)

2.60

 

 

 

1,310.30

1,310.30

0001-6110-250-22-050 Mt Veh- fuels

 

 

 

New Century FS, Inc.

#339003 218 gals unleaded gasohol @ $1.4452/gal

315.04

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.22

 

 

State fuel tax @ $0.19/gal (218 gals)

41.42

 

 

 

356.68

356.68

0001-6110-253-22-050 Mt Veh- Tires

 

 

 

Z Line Tire & Repair

#1-32392 tire changes (2)

16.82

16.82

0001-6110-254-22-050 Mt Veh- Minor Repair

 

 

 

CQ Auto Parts

#462240 round tube, all season truck, credit (-22.46)

25.39

 

Southard Implement Co.

#02-178611 linch pins (2), filter element

46.24

 

 

#02-43240 Repair '01 JD1445

563.17

 

 

 

634.80

634.80

0001-6110-292-22-052 Main & Supplies

 

 

 

Air Filters Sales & Services, Inc.

#0155156-IN  12- 19x23-7/8x1 filters for NC

65.82

 

Dolezal Farm Supply

#2409 bird food for NC- black sunflower, cracked corn

16.50

 

Hrabak Lumber

#0041244 1- 1x12x12 cedar

26.28

 

Pamida

#349044 coffee (NC), cat chow

10.85

 

Radio Communications Co.

#96156 repair alarms (NC)

563.50

 

Spahn & Rose Lumber

#2605892 electric eyes (2)

20.38

 

Superior Welding Supply Co.

#S35055  1 tank oxygen

24.75

 

Tama County Highway Dept

9Dec05 parts for plow (new truck), 14Dec05  1.75T salt @ $45.65/T

580.55

 

 

 

1,308.63

1,308.63

001-6110-431-22-990 Electricity

 

 

 

Grundy Co REC

OCP thru 8Dec05, 6,430 KWH- meter #1, 4,190 KWH- (NC)

643.57

643.57

 

 

 

 

 

Total Bills Submitted, Gen'l Budget

 

13,461.70

 

Moved by Anderson, seconded Little to approve bills, carried. (All voting aye).

 

Reports and Correspondence. Staff, Work. Wise updated board members on December work including moving snow, building bird feeders for Nature Center, installing wood duck houses on several different facilities./ Winterfest Etzel reminded board members that the staff will be attending the annual training workshop in Waterloo. Several board members voiced an interest in attending the workshop on Tuesday of the event. Etzel will get materials to them./Mounts loaned to Nature Center John Keenan, Tama, has loaned three mounts to be used in the Nature Center for an undetermined length of time. The mounts include a coyote w/pheasant, a large beaver, and a fox.

 

Jim Porter, Tama, addressed the Board regarding some conservation projects that he felt were important to Tama County. Porter spoke of the interconnectedness of natural resources scattered along the Iowa River corridor and the important role they could play in economic viability of the area. He encouraged the Board to envision a project that would stretch from the western edge of Tama County as far east as Iowa City and beyond to the Mississippi River. This project would include trails connecting communities and natural resource facilities and provide recreational opportunities for cyclists, hikers, boaters, atv’s, etc. As part of this project he felt that Cherry Lake located in Tama west of the paper-mill could be a very important part of the project. He felt development of the Cherry Lake property could be an important player in boosting the local Toledo/Tama economy.

The Conservation Board thanked Mr. Porter for his input and encouraged him to come again to the Board if he had a specific proposal for them to consider. The existence of the Iowa River Corridor Project following the floods of 1993 and the Ioway Trail Committee (facilitated by the Iowa Valley RC&D) were shared with Mr. Porter.

The Board discussed the proposed FY ’07 Conservation budget as presented by Etzel. Etzel relayed that this was one of the most difficult budgets to finalize in the twenty-seven budgets he has put together. Issues at hand included volatility in prices of  gasoline, electricity, and LP heating fuel coupled with possible salary adjustments, equipment purchases and developments. The following budget was presented to the Board:

2006- 2007 TAMA COUNTY BUDGET WORKSHEET

 

 

Approved by Board: 

Dept Name:  Conservation  Dept No.:  22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Actual

Actual

Budgeted

Re-estimated

Budget

Description

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2005-2006

2006-2007

Buildings-Perm Improvmnt

 

 

 

 

 

001 0210 610 22 642

47,931.00

33,773.64

33,774

33,774

33,774

Buildings-Perm Landscape

 

 

 

 

 

001 0210 624 22 000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Activity Totals

47,931.00

33,773.64

33,774

33,774

33,774

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed

 

Proposed

 

Actual

Actual

Budget

Re-estimated

Budget

ADMINISTRATION

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2005-2006

2006-2007

Salary- Director

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 100 22 661

34,067.00

34,748.04

35,790

35,790

39,063

Part Time & Temp Emp

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 101 22 668

 

 

 

 

 

FICA     (7.65%)

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 110 22 010

2,606.00

2,658.24

2,738

2,738

2,988

Salaries

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 110 22 110

 

 

 

 

 

IPERS(5.75%), '04  9.07%, '06 9.23%, '07 9.12%

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 111 22 011

3,032.00

3,207.24

3,303

3,303

3,563

Group Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

002-6100-113-22-013

12,601.00

15,692.40

15,696

14,385

14,437

Unemployment Comp

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 116 22 014

82.00

0.00

82

82

85

Stationery & Forms

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 260 22 990

642.00

598.21

953

850

950

Magazines/Books

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 261 22 990

91.00

35.60

80

80

80

Wearing Apparel

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 294 22 990

0.00

348.60

250

250

250

Off Pub, Legal Not

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 400 22 990

174.00

532.27

500

700

500

Postage

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 412 22 990

64.00

91.89

500

400

500

Employee Mile/Subsist

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 413 22 990

454.00

523.80

550

503

550

Telephone

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 414 22 990

1,677.00

2,080.72

1,900

2,375

2,400

School of Instruction

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 422 22 990

801.00

485.76

700

650

600

Dues & Memberships

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 480 22 990

545.00

525.00

550

550

550

Office Equip & Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

001 6100 636 22 990

200.00

0.00

200

200

600

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Activity Totals

57,036.00

61,527.77

63,792

62,856

67,116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed

 

Proposed

PARK MAINTENANCE

Actual

Actual

Budget

Re-estimated

Budget

 & OPERATIONS

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2005-2006

2006-2007

Main Supv/Ranger

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 101 22 223

32,824.00

33,599.87

36,008

36,114

36,784

Conservation Tech

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 101 22 226

29,501.00

30,268.80

32,342

32,236

33,373

Seasonal Workers

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 101 22 224

20,103.00

18,542.58

23,297

22,456

23,343

FICA    (7.65%)

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 110 22 010

6,306.00

6,304.51

7,011

7,011

7,153

IPERS    (5.75%)

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 111 22 011

3,584.00

3,672.37

3,930

3,930

4,034

Health Ins- Co Share (Pk. Main.)

 

 

 

 

 

002-6110-113-22-013

15,010.00

15,723.60

15,732

15,732

14,509

Fuels

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 250 22 050

4,810.00

6,476.72

5,200

7,500

7,500

Tires & Tubes

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 253 22 050

1,121.00

2,113.39

778

778

1,746

Minor Motor Vehicle Parts

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 254 22 050

2,971.00

6,361.88

3,500

6,600

5,000

Minor Equip & Hand Tools

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 290 22 050

365.00

156.79

346

346

160

Recreational Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 292 22 052

24,728.00

29,606.14

30,836

30,836

30,836

Wearing Apparel

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 294 22 050

169.00

252.44

230

230

230

Natural & LP Gas

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 430 22 990

4,450.00

6,135.25

4,600

6,500

7,000

Electric Light & Power

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 431 22 990

10,350.00

9,698.52

10,500

11,000

11,500

Buildings

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 441 22 052

187.00

20.66

0

0

0

Agricultural & Horticultural

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 630 22 990

15,830.00

0.00

0

425

20,000

Motor Vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 635 22 050

0.00

18,799.00

24,000

16,500

0

Shop Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

001 6110 637 22 990

440.00

0.00

540

540

495

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Activity Totals

172,749.00

187,732.52

198,850

198,734

203,663

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Ins- Co Share (Admin.)

 

 

 

 

 

002-6100-113-22-013

 

 

 

 

 

Health Ins- Co Share (Pk. Main.)

 

 

 

 

 

002-6110-113-22-013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Activity Totals

 

 

0

0

0

       Department Totals

277,716.00

283,033.93

296,416

295,364

304,553

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAX REVENUES REQUESTED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed

 

Actual

Actual

Budgeted

Re-estimated

Budget

Description

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2005-2006

2006-2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAX REVENUES

240,176

245,494

254,941

253,889

263,078

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER REVENUES

37,540

37,540

41,475

41,475

41,475

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Department Totals

277,716

283,034

296,416

295,364

304,553

 

The Board reviewed and discussed the machinery and vehicle replacement strategy relative to the budget. Difficulties in maintaining an adequate balance in the “Machinery & Equipment” and “Motor Vehicle” budget categories to address fluctuating needs between budget years was discussed. Wise explained the need to rotate the commercial mowers through the system on three year intervals and why this is of benefit to the Conservation operation and the county. A major difficulty is trying to minimize peaks and valleys in the amount requested for these categories to assist the Supervisors in annual budgeting. Because two trucks were purchased over the past two fiscal years the mower rotation had to be stretched out resulting in two mowers heading into their fifth and sixth mowing seasons. Ideally, due to wear and tear, increased maintenance, and increased downtime experienced with these units the conservation board would like to purchase two mowing units during FY ’07. After considerable discussion it was moved by Anderson, seconded Benda that to try and stay within a minimal amount of growth in the budget that the budget reflect 1- ½  mowers in the FY ’07 budget with the intent of budgeting for the other ½ in the FY ‘08 budget, carried. (All voting aye) [Note: Etzel will discuss this strategy with the Supervisors.]

Etzel provided information regarding how Conservation Salaries have slipped relative to other county employees since the last salary adjustment agreed to in the fall of 1999. [Adjustments went into effect on 1Jul00] Etzel proposed adjustments to correct the gap. The Board was in agreement that adjustments should be pursued but would not be possible without the cooperation of the Supervisors. Suggested changes were as follows: Director current salary of $35,790/yr to FY ’07 salary of $39,063.70 (+9.14%), Maintenance Supervisor/Park Ranger from current base wage of $16.07/hr to FY ’07 base wage of $17.06/hr (+6.16%), Conservation Technician from current base wage of $14.62/hr to FY ’07 base wage of $15.68/hr (+7.25%). The Board would discuss  these adjustments at a special session between the Conservation Boardand Board of Supervisors slated for 5Jan06.

Any formal motion on the proposed FY ’07 Conservation budget was tabled until meeting of 5Jan06.

After discussing conservation topics of interest it was moved by Benda, seconded Adolphs to adjourn. Adjourned 9:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                          

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