SIOUX CITY -- A more robust method is at hand for assessing what Woodbury County department requests for vehicles and building renovations get approved.
The Woodbury County Board on Tuesday gave verbal support to implementing a five-year capital improvement plan for county projects.
Similar plans are used by many Iowa cities, and the Iowa Department of Transportation and the county Secondary Roads Department also use the long-term plans for deciding what roads get repaired or enhanced.
"In the past, we've planned year by year by year," said county Budget/tax Analyst Dennis Butler as he raised the five-year possibility with the supervisors.
Board Chairman Mark Monson, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, said the five-year plan could begin in 2012 as the county moves to set the 2012-13 fiscal year budget by March. Butler encouraged the supervisors to set the first for 2013-17.
The coordination of physical improvements would be a boon, Butler said, since each department head would be required to pinpoint funding sources and a justification for why the work should be done in a certain year.
"Requesting and getting are two different things," Monson said.
Supervisor George Boykin, of Sioux City, said the plan would be flexible, so that if new needs arise, they could jump ahead of others in the five-year blueprint.
Several supervisors said a prime early project would be a central control system for the Woodbury County Courthouse heating and air conditioning system. They said the current 25-year-old system is functioning poorly.