Three things you may have missed from Tuesday’s Story Co. Board of Supervisors meeting

Austin Harrington, Staff Writeraharrington@amestrib.com

Bonds

Following a public hearing at Tuesday’s Story County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved a loan agreement, awarding the sale and authorizing the issuance of a $1.5 million urban renewal tax increment revenue bond. The loan will be with State Bank and Trust of Nevada at an effective interest rate of 2.15 percent over 10 years. The loan is expected to be finalized by the end of July or beginning of August.

ASSET

The board discussed some changes that will affect the way ASSET functions in the county and also approved some basic amendments for the organization. ASSET, or Analysis of Social Services Evaluation Team, brings five funders of human service programs together in an effort to coordinate and assess local needs, evaluate the capabilities of each agency to provide programs and recommend funding for programs.

The participating groups include the city of Ames; the Iowa Department of Human Services; the Iowa State University Government of the Student Body; Story County; and United Way of Story County. Recently, DHS decided to no longer take part in ASSET, and during Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved an amendment acknowledge DHS’s decision. The council also approved a text amendment that would recognize the ISU GSB’s name change to ISU Student Government.

Watershed Coordinator

The board also approved a cost-sharing agreement with Polk County, among several other regions of the state, that would help cover the cost of hiring a watershed coordinator to help develop watershed management plans for different creeks in the state. The total cost for the project is $145,000, which will be divided up among all participating groups. The amounts vary based on drainage area within each jurisdiction and population. Story County is on the lower end of the scale, which makes the cost only $150.