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Board of Supervisors to vote on additional emergency measures

After approving funds last week for the Jasper County Emergency Operations Command Center, the county is looking at taking another step forward in its emergency preparedness.

Jasper County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Sparks will be asking the Jasper County Board of Supervisors to approve a Continuity of Operations Plan.

The purpose of such a plan is to ensure that day-to-day governmental business is still carried out, even without the normal facilities being available. Examples of this are paying the county’s bills, providing law enforcement, road maintenance and collecting taxes.

The plan’s language states it will apply to all departments and agencies that fall under county jurisdiction. It also states the plan will ensure that essential county business will continue within 12 hours of an emergency, with or without advanced warning.

The draft for the COOP addresses emergencies from an all-hazards approach. The detailed document includes everything from an order of succession process to alternate locations to be used for various county business.

The COOP would have three phases. Phase I is activation and relocation and would take place within 12 hours of the incident. To activate this phase, the board would have to make the decision in conjunction with another department head or elected officials.

Phase II would involve choosing an alternative site for county business, if the other properties are unavailable. The selected site is the former Iowa National Guard Armory and is contingent on further development of the facility located at 1030 W. Second St. S. in Newton.

Phase III is disengaging from COOP operations and returning to normal operations.

In other business:

• Jasper County Conservation Director Keri Van Zante will ask the board to transfer $2,947 in camping fee funds from the general fund into her department’s budget. This item is also listed as Transfer Order 1305 in the agenda.

• Jasper County Veteran’s Affairs Director Chris Chartier will present his office’s quarterly and 2012-2013 fiscal year reports for approval. Chartier said that his office paid for 10 veterans’ funerals and provided 57 county veterans with funding assistance in the fiscal year.

• Chartier also listed that the amount of county veterans that have enrolled in the VA, and that number has increased from less than 900 last year to 1,149 during the previous fiscal year.

• The board also will vote on whether to approve Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott’s June report. Her office collected $22,722.73 in June.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at

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