The Scott County Board of Supervisors will discuss recording their meetings.
During Thursday's meeting, Board Chair Tony Knobbe read a prepared statement in response to concerns previously brought up by Auditor Roxanna Moritz about how the county’s meeting records are kept.
"We are at an interesting point of history with regard to the practices of this Board," he said. "For far longer than any of us have served in this capacity, our practice has been to rely upon the capable staff of our Auditor's Office to project an accurate record of our actions, as required by law."
But some neighboring public bodies "provide an expanded level of recording and reporting of their public discussion," he said, announcing the board would discuss that topic at an upcoming budget meeting.
He made a motion to approve minutes from the Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 board meetings, but to table Committee of the Whole minutes from Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 until after that discussion takes place.
The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Brinson Kinzer and Diane Holst casting nay votes.
“I fully support discussions and any agreed upon changes to our historical practices,” Knobbe said. “We as a board will discuss taping the meetings and what should be formally written into the minutes.”
Supervisors voted 3-2 at their Jan. 11 regular meeting to amend minutes from the Jan. 9 Committee of the Whole meeting and delete the auditor’s remarks opposing the county employee card purchasing program. Kinzer and Holst voted not to change the official minutes. Supervisor Carol Earnhardt objected to including the auditor’s comments because of a lack of historical precedence.
“Auditor Moritz unilaterally chose to change our practice and record only her comments. We moved to strike. I’m happy to discuss that with her,” Knobbe said.
In other business, supervisors unanimously approved a proposed amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan by the City of Blue Grass to allow tax increment financing for residential infrastructure improvements. Holst voted against approving a resolution in support of an application to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s RISE program for assistance in reconstructing Slopertown Road from Harrison to Division Streets. The cities of Davenport and Eldridge requested help to improve the access road from the Kraft-Heinz and Sterilite Corporation facilities under construction and the future Eldridge Industrial Park.
“Those applications must be in February first,” Holst said. “We’re endorsing after the fact. I’d like more information about these projects before the application is submitted.”
The resolution was approved on a 4-1 vote.