February 24, 2021

The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session at the Benton County Service Center Conference Room. Supervisor Seeman called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. Supervisors Primmer and Bierschenk were also present. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. https://www.youtube.com/bentoncountyiowa

This meeting was continued discussion and responses following the outcome from the February 22, 2021 joint meeting held with the Conservation Board.

Randy Scheel discussed the Conservation Boards new plan of action. The Board agreed to continue with the wood chip revenue opportunity at the Fry Property near Hannen Lake, but discontinue at the wildlife area near the County Care Facility.

Originally with the two combined properties they could have received up to $240,000. The Conservation Board planned to use this to offset debt on property purchased near Mt. Auburn known as the Hart Property. Mike Lagrange questioned Supervisor Primmer’s previous comment regarding the reduction to the FY 22 Budget.

Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To put the $120,000 spending authority into the Conservation Land Acquisition Budget to allow the revenue from this project to offset debt for the Hart Property. Motion carried.

Shelby Williams, Conservation Director also shared that the contractor doing this work, Boomerang will be making donations to local chapters including Pheasants Forever, Whitetails and Turkey in an effort to support local conservation efforts. Randy Scheel added how they have a tree planting project at the Hannen Lake area that sustained heavy damage in the August derecho as well.

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

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Tracy Seeman, Chairman

ATTEST: _________________________________

Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor



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