Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 21, 2013

Appanoose County Board of Supervisors move forward with 2007 bond refinancing

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning in the Courthouse boardroom voted 3-0 to move forward with refinancing Rathbun Area Solid Waste 2007 general obligation bonds with the recommendation of the RASW board.

Appanoose County could see a savings of more than $100,000 based on the interest rate at the time the deal is done.

Nate Summers from Ruan Securities spoke to the board about refinancing the bonds. The current bonds interest rate is 4.150 percent. If refinanced, the rate would drop to between .950 percent and 2.450 percent over the life of the refinanced bonds.

"It looks like a good opportunity for us," Rodger Kaster, RASW director, said.

The expected date the board plans to authorize the issuance of the $1,005,000 series 2013 general obligation bonds is Monday, April 1 during their regular meeting.

The board voted 3-0 to set a budget hearing for March 4 at 9:15 a.m. The budget hearing scheduled for Tuesday had to be rescheduled because a form was not published at the right time. The county auditor accepted responsibility for the oversight.

Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation executive director, discussed a proposal where Golden Shovel, based in Minnesota, would redesign Centerville, Appanoose County and AEDC's web sites so they appeal to site selectors.

"They (Golden Shovel) on a regular basis meet and visit with site selectors who are the professionals that are hired by companies to go and find a site for a relocation effort," Faris said. "So the folks at Golden Shovel know what these site selectors are looking for on web sites and what they don't want to see on web sites."

Faris said Golden Shovel's charge is $15,000 to redesign the three web sites to look somewhat similar with a focus on economic development. They require $500 a month for web maintenance, which would include software and unlimited updates, content updates and posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Faris asked the county for $3,000 for up front costs and $125 per month for maintenance. He made the same pitch to the Centerville City Council Monday night.

AEDC would kick-in $3,000 for up front costs and cover $250 a month for web site maintenance.

Faris said he plans to ask for money from the Chamber tourism committee, Alliant Energy, Appanoose County Community Fund and possibly Appanoose Industrial Corporation.

Golden Shovel doesn't require a contract, so the city, county and AEDC could opt out in the future and have the web sites serviced by a local company.

Board Chairman Dean Kaster said they would have him back on the agenda for the March 18 meeting and render their decision.

Diane Buss, Central Point of Contact for Appanoose County, presented a letter of intent for a three county regional redesign of mental health, retardation and development disabilities between Appanoose, Wapello and Davis counties to the board.

The board voted 3-0 to approve the letter of intent, which will be sent to the state for approval. The letter states Appanoose, Davis and Wapello county board of supervisors intend "to form a three-county region by the use of an Iowa Code Chapter 28E Agreement for the purpose of implementing the regionalization and redesign of the Adult Mental Health and Disability Service System."

Appanoose County has to be in a region by April, Buss said.

The board voted 3-0 to appoint Dean Kaster to the regional three county redesign committee.

The board voted 3-0 to sign authorization to participate in the 10 county Southeast Iowa Contracting Consortium 28E Agreement for mental health, retardation and development disabilities until June 30, 2014.

In other action, the board voted 3-0:

• To approve position change for Roger Mehrhoff to laborer effective Feb. 19 at $18.53 per hour.

• To approve Emergency Medical Services allocation at the same percentage as previously allocated.

• To approve liquor licenses for Bridgeview Bait and Tackle and Rathbun Marinas (Southfork).

• To approve the amendment for training grant for medical examiner investigator.

• To approve Richard Brooke as special deputy with the Appanoose County Sheriff's office.

• To set a public hearing for road vacation on part of 216th Avenue in Vermillion Township for March 4 at 9:30 a.m.

• To approve contract for final design services for Deputy Bridge.

The supervisors meeting lasted 98 minutes. The next meeting is 9 a.m. March 4 at the boardroom in the Appanoose County Courthouse.