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SIBLEY, Iowa — The Osceola County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting opened with the receipt of a petition to reduce the number of supervisors. 

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The board also set a date for a public hearing on the designation of a new urban renewal plan. The county’s hazard mitigation plan and a grant agreement were also approved.

Pursuant to Iowa Code 331.204, the board accepted a petition submitted Aug. 6 by Ed Jones of May City, Iowa, to reduce the membership from five to three. On Nov. 4, voters in Osceola County will have the opportunity to vote to keep the board at its current five members or reduce it to three as Jones has requested.

According to the code, “If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the reduction to three members, the membership of the board shall remain at five until the first day in January which is not a Sunday or holiday following the next general election, at which time the terms of the five members shall expire.”

The code further states, “At the next general election following the one at which the proposition to reduce the membership of the board to three is approved, the membership of the board shall be elected according to the supervisor representation plan in effect in the county. If the supervisor representation plan includes equal-population districts, the districts shall be designated by Dec. 15 of the year preceding the year of the next general election by the temporary county redistricting commission. The districts shall be drawn in the manner provided under sections 331.209 and 331.210. One member of the board shall be elected to a two-year term and the remaining two members shall be elected to four-year terms. The length of the term for which a person is a candidate and the date when the term begins shall be indicated on the ballot.”

Other business

As a housekeeping measure, the supervisors approved Osceola County EMS to submit an application for an annual grant to offset expenses. Further, the board authorized the previously approved economic development grant agreement with the city of Sibley. The city approved the agreement at Monday night’s city council meeting.

The board will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 for the designation of the Osceola County Urban Renewal Area 6 and the urban renewal plan and project.

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Robin Baumgarn
Robin Baumgarn is a new reporter for the Daily Globe covering the Education and Northwest Iowa beats. Prior to coming to the Globe, she worked for the Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News, a weekly Iowa paper for three years. She is a 2012 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College and lives in Northwest Iowa with her husband Ryan and three pets, Fidget, Missy and Samwise.
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