The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors spent some time Monday morning discussing, but eventually taking no action, on an ordinance regulating vendors along the route RAGBRAI will take through the northern part of the county July 23.

Supervisor Linda Rouse said if an ordinance was passed now, the earliest vendors would become aware of it would be three days before the ride.

"It just seems to me like it's unworkable, time wise," she said. "I think it will cause more problems if we pass an ordinance on the 20th and then we've got people out there that have already made plans."

Supervisor Jody McDanel said he didn't want to do anything that restricted vendors.

In other action, the supervisors by a 2-1 vote approved 90 percent appropriations for all departments except those that require 100 percent appropriations for the new fiscal year which began July 1. Chairman Dean Kaster was the no vote.

"I know this was a tool we talked about earlier, even before the first of the year, about possibly doing," Kaster said. "Always have that available to us. But I do know some departments can't operate at 90 percent."

Rouse said her motion to only appropriate 90 percent for most departments now was based on the need to see the level of taxes the county collects this fall.

"And I'm really not suggesting that we wouldn't appropriate the rest of it," Rouse said. "But I think it gives us a tool if things...if the second shoe drops like they're starting to talk right now."

The supervisors approved salary certifications for county employees for the new fiscal year, approved Jean Fowler to serve on the Garrett Memorial Library Board of Trustees and approved a contract for mental health services from Mary Greeley Medical Center that were once provided by Behavioral Health Services.

The supervisors approved two tax sales to Jeana M. Stajcar for a total of more than $100 and two liquor licenses.

The supervisors had to table the Community Development Block Grant contract for sanitary sewer collection improvements for Golfview Homeowners Association because the contract had yet to be received. And then a public hearing for two zoning changes had to be rescheduled for July 20.

The supervisors approved three construction contracts:

• De Long Construction of Washington was awarded the Ham Creek box culvert extension project with a bid of $133,000. A pre-construction conference will be held at 10 a.m. July 14 at the Secondary Roads Department office.

• Norris Asphalt of Ottumwa was awarded the contract to overlay County Road T14 from the middle of Mystic south to Highway 2. Farm-to-market funds will cover approximately $700,000 and federal stimulus money will cover approximately $580,000 of the projected cost.

• James Zaputil was awarded the Watershed Protection-Emergency Repair project contract with a bid of $41,418 for repairs to 11 Soap Creek structures.

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