Osceola County Talks Insurance, Dog Drugs | New
SIBLEY – The Osceola County Supervisory Board is considering temporarily increasing insurance at the Osceola County Fairgrounds due to the rising cost of lumber and steel.
At the board meeting on May 14, Chairman Ed Jones informed the board that due to rising building material prices, the Sibley Fairgrounds were underinsured.
Bill Pearson of the Huisenga-Pearson agency in Sibley, which carries some insurance for the county, recommended that council consider increasing coverage. Otherwise, if something were to happen to fairground properties, repairs could cost more than what the current insurance plan will cover.
“Do you want them to come and discuss this to see how to increase the coverage, or do we just roll the dice and ask the county to factor in the difference if something happens?” Jones asked.
Jerry Helmers, board member, who is also on the fair board, said the fair board heard the same information and were considering leaving the cover as is and taking the risk until ” material costs decrease.
Board member Jayson Vande Hoef pointed out that if there was any damage and the county made an insurance claim for the fairground, the rebuilding could be sufficiently delayed anyway to the point that the costs would go down on their own.
“If something happened and you started rebuilding, you could be down for several months before you even look at lumber prices at that point,” Vande Hoef said.
Board member Mike Schulte suggested how much it would cost for increased insurance coverage on the fairground to account for high material costs. If the board increases coverage, it can always reduce it again as costs go down.
“If that wouldn’t be a big prize, then I think we could do it,” Schulte said.
The board has agreed to ask Pearson to submit a bid for higher insurance coverage at its next meeting scheduled for May 25.
The council also awarded the fuel contract for the purchase of secondary road fuel to Co-op Energy Co. in Sibley after reviewing three bids for the contract on May 14.
Co-op Energy has put in an offer of $ 9,000 for 75,000 gallons of diesel and $ 1,050 for 10,000 gallons of gasoline, which the Department of Secondary Roads estimates it will use in a year.
“They are 10.5 cents for gasoline compared to the price at the Des Moines ramp and 12 cents per gallon for diesel fuel compared to the price at the Des Moines ramp. It’s a great price, ”County Engineer Scott Rinehart said.
Bids were also received from Popkes Inc. of Rock Rapids for $ 21,000 for the same volume of diesel and $ 2,800 for gasoline and from Producers Co-op of Primghar at $ 12,675 for diesel and $ 1,400. for gasoline.
Schulte asked if the county would still receive dividends from Co-op Energy for the purchase of fuel on a contract, since the county is a shareholder.
According to Co-op Energy chief executive Brian Dreesen, purchasing fuel under contract will not count as dividends.
“The way it is purchased on a fixed margin basis, it is not eligible for patronage,” he said.
The county previously purchased fuel directly from Co-op Energy and earlier estimates comparing fuel costs for Osceola County and O’Brien County, which has a fuel contract with a supplier, showed that Osceola County was paying significantly more for fuel.
However, county departments, like secondary roads, previously did not pay dividends to the county when they bought directly from Co-op Energy.
Dreesen explained that to earn dividends, each department would have to have its own Co-op Energy membership. Since the secondary roads department is not a shareholder, fuel purchases made in the past would not count towards any dividends the county may receive.
Also on May 14, council asked County Sheriff Kevin Wollmuth for his position on the likelihood of replacing the county’s drugged dog.
The previous K-9 dog, Hunter, died unexpectedly in February.
Wollmuth said he’s still wondering if getting a new K-9 dog is the best fit for the county, especially when it comes to expenses incurred.
“I’m done with this. I’m not totally against it, I’m not totally for it yet, ”said Wollmuth.
He said he was speaking to other sheriff’s offices in the area that have drug dogs to find out about different funding approaches.
In the past, the county has paid for the purchase and training of its drugged dogs, including paying overtime and other compensation to the deputy who becomes the master of K-9. According to Wollmuth, various costs associated with owning a drugged dog are comparable to half the cost of hiring a new assistant.
“Drug targeting is a wonderful, wonderful tool, it helps you a lot,” Wollmuth said. “But we’ve had so many drug arrests for not using the dog. Our assistants are trained to find medications and know where they are without the dog. “