County officials agree on emergency call-out procedure

Board of Supervisors
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

   In late June, the Jones County Supervisors, County Engineer Derek Snead, Secondary Roads’ employees, and Sheriff Greg Graver discussed the county’s emergency call-out procedure.

   Since then, these individuals came together to make sure everyone was on the same page. During the Nov. 15 board of supervisors meeting, Snead provided an update on the procedure.

   No matter the time of year, type of situation, or particular location, if Jones County Dispatch calls out Secondary Roads, they will respond to the location. Typically, call-outs are more common in the winter when someone can’t get out of their driveway or down their road.

   “We’ll take care of getting it open, whether it’s for a down tree or snow or whatever. We’re going to do our best to get out there,” offered Snead.

   Whether the call-out is deemed an emergency or not will be up to the Sheriff’s Office.

   Sometimes, members of the public contact a county supervisor if they don’t know how to get in touch with Secondary Roads or don’t feel they need to call 911. In that case, the supervisor contacted will forward the message on to the board chairman.

   “That way there is one unified voice and Dispatch isn’t getting five different calls from five different people,” Snead said.

   From there, the chairman will relay the message to the Secondary Roads district operator or the Sheriff’s Office, whatever the situation calls for.

   “Dispatch has our chain of command. The Sheriff’s Department has that information, too,” offered Snead. “That way, we follow the proper chain of command.”

   “Sounds like a good plan,” commented Supervisor Joe Oswald.

In other county business:

   • The board filed tax liens for delinquent sewer bills for the Fairview sanitary sewer system totaling $660. This included two properties.

   The board also filed tax liens for delinquent sewer bills for the Center Junction water and sanitary sewer system totaling $1,813. This included five properties.

   • County Auditor Whitney Hein informed the board that she was working on setting up a date in December for the Compensation Board to meet to discuss and recommend elected officials' salaries and pay increases.

   • The board approved the applications for Family Farm Property Tax Credits.

   According to the state code, property owners can qualify if they have a direct family member farming the ground.

   County Assessor Sarah Benter said there were four applications that didn't qualify because the owners listed someone else other than a direct family member as the renter/tenant.

   Other qualifications include having at least 10 contiguous acres that are classified as agricultural ground.

   Benter did have one owner re-apply for the credit after purchasing more ground. While the farm is rented, the ground is used as pasture. Benter is going to have the state weigh in on the matter before the supervisors make a decision.

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