New drainage clerk to move from Child Support Recovery unit

Krystal Steck willl be the new Webster County drainage clerk.

Steck and Sara Lewis have transferred from other government jobs to fill open positions in the Webster County auditor’s office.

Steck was formerly a support recovery aide in the Child Support Recovery Unit, a state office run by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Lewis will become the new claims clerk in the auditor’s office from her former position as treasurer’s office clerk.

“She’s got some experience already,” Auditor Doreen Pliner said. “She’s going to be a great asset to us.

“I’m very excited about getting Krystal on board as drainage clerk,” she added. “I think she has a lot of potential.”

“I’m going to miss Sara in our office,” said Webster County Treasurer Jan Messerly. “She’s a very good employee.”

Steck said she was eager to start a job working with numbers, one of her strong suits, and that farm tile is a subject she’s familiar with.

“I’ll be working with farmers and tiling; that is stuff I have done my whole life,” Steck said. “My dad tiles.”

She has been with the Child Support Recovery office for about two years.

The application process for a new treasurer’s clerk was also approved Tuesday at the Webster County Board of Supervisors regular meeting.

Pliner moved from drainage clerk into the auditor position at the start of 2017 after Auditor Carol Messerly retired. A second resignation in the office left two positions open.

In other business, the supervisors turned in their stock in the Landus Cooperative, which the county had held because of the county farm.

The county had stock in FC Co-op before it merged with West Central to become Landus, said Supervisor Keith Dencklau.

“Since we cash rent to (Iowa Central Community College) now, there’s no reason for us to be part of the co-op,” Dencklau said.

Also on Tuesday the supervisors heard the quarterly report from the Sheriff’s Office and Veterans Affairs.

For the quarter ending Dec. 31 the Sheriff’s office reported the following fees collected:

• Sheriff’s mileage fees: $6,911.87

• County fees: $12,712.56

• Miscellaneous fees: $284,483.75

• Weapons permits $11,785

• Weapons permit cards: $2,370

• Total: $318,263.18

The office reported disbursements of $291,395.62, and a check written to the county treasurer’s office of $12,712.56, leaving $14,155.

The Webster County VA served 28 people in the period from October to Dec. 31, 2016, covering items like rent, utilities and funeral expenses for a total of $18,053.89.

The supervisors also extended the deadline for the county paper of record contest to Feb. 7.