By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the regular meeting of the Guthrie County Supervisors on Feb. 20, Supervisor Mike Dickson asked that the payroll reports approval be considered separately from the other items in the consent agenda.

“I just don’t like all the overtime that’s in the payroll,” said Dickson. “I am going to vote ‘no’ on the payroll reports because I don’t agree with all the overtime in there.”

“One of the things I think we can do, that I would like to see … would be for each department to have an overtime policy,” said Supervisor Maggie Armstrong. “I think it would be beneficial for us, since this is part of our process now, to have an understanding as to what warrants overtime.”

“There can be good reasons for it, which is fine,” Dickson said. “I’d just like to know what they are if you’re asking me to approve it.”

The supervisors voted to approve the payroll reports, on a 3-2 vote, with Armstrong, Brian Johnson and Steve Smith voting to approve and JD Kuster and Dickson opposed.

The supervisors discussed a petition to reclassify 233rd Lane in Section 7 South Cass Township to service level “C.” This would be a service level reduction. The roadway is located southwest of Panora. A public hearing on the topic was set for March 12 at 9:10 a.m.

The supervisors went into closed session to discuss a possible litigation matter, pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 1 (c), to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation.

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be a budget work session meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. The public is welcome. Attendees may participate in person or by calling 323-792-6123 and inputting conference ID 547029216#.