The Dallas County Board of Supervisors met in its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 14 to discuss routine County business.


Rezoning request by MidAmerican Energy


At 9:30 a.m., there was a continuation of a public hearing from the week before about rezoning a plot of land along R16, south of Highway 6 for MidAmerican Energy to build a maintenance facility. The rezoning, which was passed at the meeting, rezoned the area from A-1 (agricultural) to I-1 (light industry).


Tim West of Snyder and Associates was on hand to speak on behalf of MidAmerican Energy. The rezoning would include about 145 acres after right-of-way easements and development on the station could start within the next five years.


Joel Jensen, a Dallas County resident who owns the land that is on the west border of the area that was rezoned for MidAmerican Energy’s use, had concerns about his ability to hunt deer on his own land as a result of MidAmerican moving some of their operations to so close to his home.


“It’s not a recreational request,” Jensen said during the meeting. “We started… hunting deer about 10, 15 years ago because of the pressure of the population.”


He mentioned that this is also a problem because the deer eats some of his crops on his farmland.


“Even a five percent decrease in yield in this climate can have a negative impact on both the farmer and the land owner who gets half the crop,” Jensen said.


He cited Iowa Department of Natural Resources regulations, which state that discharging a firearm or shooting, or attempting to shoot a game or furbearing animal is prohibited within 200 yards of a building inhabited by people or domestic livestock or a feedlot “unless the owner or tennant has given consent to do so.”


“So, in the worst-case scenario, we’d be negatively impacted if they put a building up on the west edge of the property,” Jensen said. “That would basically cut our ability to hunt in half.”


The resolution to rezone the property passed unanimously.


Ambulance cot replacement request


Mike Thomason from Dallas County EMS was at the meeting to discuss replacing the cots in their ambulances. Thomason was looking at cots that automatically loaded into the ambulances from two companies, Ferno and Stryker.


After a great deal of research, Thomason suggested that they go with Stryker for their new cots.


“Some of the things that I look at, we are less likely to take the Ferno cot inside,” Thomason said. “In fact, I was told by the sales rep that it is not a cot that you do lift. You do leave it outside and you do use a stair chair when there is more than three steps to the house or to the building.”


The board approved the purchase in the amount of $68,981.30 for the new cots.


Cott Systems


Cott Systems will be in Dallas County for about 60-70 days, digitizing documents for the Dallas County Recorder’s Office. Chad Airhart was asking if the board had any objection to allowing them to use the old IT office in the court house during their time in Adel.


The board did not have any objections and Airhart was going to put in the request to allow them to work there.


In addition to digitizing the Recorder’s documents, Cott Systems will also be digitizing documents for other departments, including the Board of Supervisors’ historical books and the documents from the Auditor’s Office.