While the date remains tentative, it appears there will be a special election to replace county recorder Sue Snyder who has announced she will be leaving the position.
Snyder had previously given April 16 as the effective date for vacating the office. Auditor Mikki Erickson said at the Emmet County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that Iowa law requires that the position be vacated before the county can set a date for the election.
Snyder asked at Tuesday's meeting if the board could appoint a replacement, noting that the office could be left with just two employees for two weeks in April - which she said was the busiest time of the year.
Board chair Alan Madden said it was the board's unanimous opinion to hold a special election. "I don't believe we have the need to move to an appointment," Madden said. "I would just as soon proceed with the special election."
Supervisor Jon Martyr agreed with Madden on the special election.
In other business Tuesday, the board approved a notice of intent to form a mental-health region under a 28E agreement with Lyon, Osceola, O'Brien, Dickinson, Clay and Palo Alto counties. Counties are required to form a mental-health region under a state-mandated redesign of the mental-health system.
The board also met with Frank Johnson of Secure Benefits regarding an insurance update and flex debit cards. The board also heard about optional identify theft protection for employees.
Johnson said the group health insurance plan will see a 5.22 percent increase. Johnson also endorsed the idea of identity theft protection and the debit cards which would cost $1.75 per employee.
Johnson said the cards could be used for office copays and dentist, office and hospital visits.
The board also set a public hearing date of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 for a hog confinement feeding operation in Section 34 of Swan Lake Township. PRKG 368, LLC is the permit applicant.
The operation would include two 2,200-head shallow pit swine finisher barns with reception pit and slurry store for a new confinement facility. The total capacity would be 1,760 animal units or 4,400 head of swine finishers.