FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors passed the final reading of an ordinance related to tanning regulations during its meeting Monday, Jan. 6.
The ordinance puts the county’s laws regarding tanning regulations in line with the state’s. Jefferson County Sanitarian is in charge of ensuring that tanning beds in the county comply with the ordinance, just as he was under the old law.
Caylee Laux, owner of Picture Perfect Salon & Tan in Fairfield, attended Monday’s meeting specifically to see what the supervisors planned to do about this ordinance. She said she was fine with the county adopting it, and remarked that the only change to her business is that she’ll have to pay a higher registration fee for her tanning beds, $40 per bed per year instead of the $30 she pays now.
The ordinance was on just its second hearing, but the supervisors voted to skip the ordinance to its third and final reading, after which they voted unanimously to pass it.
The new year brought a change in leadership. Supervisor Daryn Hamilton is now chairman of the board, taking over for Supervisor Lee Dimmitt. Supervisor Dee Sandquist is now vice chair.
The supervisors agreed to continue meeting at 8:30 a.m. every Monday. The supervisors used to meet at 9 a.m. Mondays, but started meeting 30 minutes earlier last summer so that Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding could attend the meetings.
The supervisors approved the Master Matrix for another year. The Master Matrix is a scoring system the county uses to assess whether a proposed confined animal feeding operation has taken appropriate steps to mitigate the negative impacts of the CAFO on the air, water and community. Without passing the Master Matrix, a landowner may not build a CAFO in the county.
Diane Rosenberg, executive director of Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors Inc., thanked the supervisors for renewing the matrix for another year.
County engineer Scott Cline said that salt usage has been minimal so far this winter thanks to only a few snowfalls. He remarked that the last time a crew was dispatched to move snow was Dec. 16.
Sandquist wanted to remind county residents that the county has a contract with Connelly Recycling in Fairfield. Many items, such as metals and even appliances, can be dropped off at the recycling center for free. Sandquist said that even the items for which there is a fee are reasonably priced.
“It doesn’t cost much to drop off a mattress, and it’s so much better than putting it in a ditch,” she said.
“And we track fingerprints,” Dimmitt joked.
The supervisors mentioned that a new law that took effect Jan. 1 imposes special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles. The Iowa Legislature passed the fees during last year’s session as a way to force hybrid and electric vehicles to contribute to road use taxes, which is otherwise funded through gasoline taxes. Since hybrid vehicles use less gas and electric vehicles use none at all, they were not contributing as much to the road fund.
The state is phasing in a supplemental registration fee for electric vehicles that starts at $65 this year and increases by $32.50 next year and the year after that. Supplemental registration fees for hybrid cars will be $32.50 this year, increasing by $16.25 next year and the year after that.
This supplemental fee is on top of other fees that owners of electric vehicles and hybrid cars must pay, which includes fees based on the cars weight and on its list price. For example, a 4,000-pound electric vehicle whose listed price was $35,000 can expect to pay an annual fee of $496 in 2022.
Sandquist mentioned that she is excited about an upcoming workshop in Fairfield called “Bridges Out of Poverty.” The event will be Feb. 24 at the Fairfield High School Auditorium. The event is free. The event will feature Vern Reed as guest speaker, an at-risk educator at West Burlington High School who rejuvenated his school’s “success center” into a place that students wanted to go.
Teachers in the Fairfield Community School District will attend the all-day workshop as one of their professional development days.