Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Carroll County Supervisors reviewed changes to a lease agreement for a new Verizon tower.

The tower includes 12 antennas at 165 feet above ground level, a 4-foot microwave dish at 115 feet, 16 cable lines and a telephone, fiber optic and electrical facilities.

The supervisors have been negotiating the agreement for a couple of months but haven’t come to a conclusion because of rent negotiations and some other wording in the contract.

If the current version of the contract is approved by Verizon, the county will hold a public meeting before voting on the lease.

During committee reports, the supervisors discussed a growing concern about the state-mandated mental-health regionalization.

A couple of the supervisors attended a regionalization meeting in Sac City.

As of now, the county is surrounded by counties that want to regionalize together, except Shelby County.

Supervisor Neil Bock said he thought 10 counties would be too big because it would be tough to negotiate and it would cost Carroll County a large amount of money just to provide basic services to the counties.

Supervisor Mark Beardmore said he still believes standing alone would be the best option for the county.

Beardmore said Bill Fish, director of the Carroll County Ambulance, is set to retire in 2013.

The supervisors discussed possibly making a committee to help hire a new director and discussed possible ways to advertise the job.

The board was invited to send one of its members to a meeting on the Raccoon River Watershed Mangement Group.

The group invited one county member to attend a meeting to help rewrite wording in the group’s contract.

The group has invited Carroll County to be a part of the watershed, but the county didn’t join because the group would be able to use some of Carroll County’s power, non governmental bodies would be able to serve and the group has a clause saying it reserves the right to remove a board member at any time.

The supervisors have said that they would be interested in working with the group if the contract wording was changed, however, no one immediately volunteered to go to the meeting.

Beardmore said he was not interested enough to attend, supervisor Dan Nieland said he wants to put his energy toward the watershed project happening at Black Hawk Lake, and Marty Danzer was unsure if he wanted to attend because he got a call from a landowner saying the county was trying to force things on farmers again.

The supervisors agreed that because they were unsure whether they wanted to join the project, it might not be a  good plan to influence what was in the contract.

Beardmore left the invitation on the board’s table and said if someone wants to go he can.