Webster County supervisors grant buyout payment request

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved a payment request for a property involved in the Community Development Block Grant of the FEMA buyout program during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The board approved the payment request in the amount of $22,573.04.

The board also granted an amendment for bids on asbestos surveys and removal for flood damaged properties set to be extended until March 5 to receive bids.

“We have some interested contractors, we hope to receive more bids by March 5,” said Carissa Miller a planner with Midas Council of Governments.

In other business, the board approved the demolition of a storage shed on the county farm property south of Fort Dodge. Staff from the Webster County Engineer’s Department offered to demolish the structure.

“It has created a liability and we are wanting to get it down,” said Supervisor Keith Dencklau.

The board also approved the resignation of Russ Naden, Webster County director of Veteran Affairs effective Thursday and the approval of the employment of Daniel Lewandowski as Veteran Affairs director effective Feb. 20.

The board also heard a report following the meeting from the Iowa Municipalities Workers Compensation Association on the county’s claims over the past five years.

During the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Tim Kirgan, marketing manager for the IMWCA, reported that Webster County saw 18 workers’ compensation claims, at at total of $272,971 with an audited annual premium of $155,256, resulting in a 175.8 percent loss ratio. In 2008-2009 the county also handled 18 claims totaling $756,737at a loss ratio of 414 percent.

For fiscal year 2012-2013, Kirgan reported that the number of claims had been reduced to four at a total incurred cost of $2,980 with a .7 percent loss ratio.

“With a five year loss ratio of 149 and now being in the single digits for loss you will see a 27 percent change, which means you could see 27 percent less on your premiums,” said Kirgan. “That is a result of the hard work your county has put in to change. If you can keep a single digit loss ratio it will keep you off of the high risk status. Your county can go from high risk to a 50 percent discount if you keep on doing what you’re doing.”