March 5, 2019

The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Bierschenk and Seeman present. Primmer called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes from February 26, 2019. Motion carried.

Seeman mved/Bierschenk seconded: Accept resignation of Tom Harty, trustee of the Keystone Benefitted Fire District and appoint Dale Seeck to replace him effective immediately. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To amend FY 20 Budget Hearing date to March 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. due to meet the publication deadlines in all three of the official newspapers. Motion carried.

Bierschenk moved/Seeman seconded: To approve/deny the family farm applications as presented. Motion carried.

Katie Schmitt, Account Manager for Kingston Life and Health Insurance presented some updated quotes that was asked of her. She went over the different plans for dental and vision along with some life insurance and long term disability plans. She spoke about the different offered plans and answered questions. It was agreed that the board would like to send out an employee interest survey before making any final decisions.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve and sign the County’s Wellmark Renewal for FY20. Motion carried.

The Engineer came to discuss the impact that the proposed Senate File 184 could have on Benton County’s bridges. It is a bill to issue an overweight annual permit for the transportation of raw forest products on a vehicle exceeding the legal weight. The permit could be issued by the department and then direct the permittee to travel on non-primary highways. The department only has the ability to analyze bridges on the primary system in their permitting computer system and none of the county’s bridges are listed on that system. If this is passed, it could allow a heavy load to cross over a bridge that isn’t capable of handling the overweight load. Parizek asked that the board be in touch with local legislature with their opposition in this matter.

Seeman moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.


Rick Primmer, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor

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