November 19, 2013

Gender balance application process approved

The Oskaloosa Herald


The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors approved during its Monday meeting the creation of an application form for county committees so those organizations can become gender balanced.

Organizations such as the Compensation Commission and Committee as well as the Solid Waste Commission need to be gender balanced and the supervisors make appointments to those organizations.

Supervisor Mike Vander Molen said the county doesn't have an application process and it should for due diligence in seeking gender balance.

Supervisor Mark Doland agreed and advocated “a level playing field” so everyone could apply for those positions.

“We need to open it up … and make it a transparent process,” Doland said.

Vander Molen said he could have an application drafted and placed on the next meeting agenda.

Doland said the application then could be placed on the county website and placed on file in the Auditor's office.

In other action, the supervisors approve the signature of a federal aid agreement for a bridge replacement on 295th Street and Galeston Avenue. The project is expected to cost $140,000 and would be an 80/20 split between federal and local money. The agreement would allow federal funds to be used for the project.

The supervisors also approved a Natural Resources Conservation Service agreement for two “rip wrap” projects. This agreement would allow the county to be reimbursed for the projects.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com