The Auditor’s Office sponsored a special training for Scott County township trustees and clerks on Janaury 12, 2015.  Alan Vandehaar from Iowa State University Extension conducted the two hour training for the 24 trustees and clerks in attendance.   Also, Wes Rostenbach, accounting and tax manager for the Auditor’s Office answered questions about budget preparation and deadlines.  This training was the first of its kind in Scott County.

The event began with a welcome from Auditor Roxanna Moritz and remarks from Scott County Board of Supervisors Chair Tom Sunderbruch and Vice-Chair Jim Hancock.  Vandehaar followed up with a quiz which walked participants through the various provisions of the Iowa Code regarding townships, including Open Meetings Law, budget preparation, fire protection, fence law and cemeteries. Attendees had lots of questions about these various areas, especially fence laws and trustees responsibilities as fence viewers.

In addition to the training, all clerks and trustees will receive a copy of the Township Trustee and Clerk Reference Manual prepared by ISU Extension.  The manual covers in more detail the various legal provisions covering townships and contains several appendices to help trustees and clerks conduct their business.

Scott County has 13 political townships.  Each township has three trustees and one clerk yielding a total of 52 elected positions.