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TR PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY Marshall County Supervisor Bill Patten, right, discusses a possible bandshell rental with Nancy Burke of the Marshalltown Arts and Civic Center as Board Chairman Dave Thompson, left, looks on beside him during the regular Tuesday morning meeting.

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors further discussed the breakdown of costs associated with the new emergency radio system — and some American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help with aspects of the project — during the meeting. regular Tuesday morning.

Although agenda item 10A, which was previously filed, was listed as “Request for County Funding from the Marshall County Communication Commission”, apparently in reference to the ongoing discussion of access fees and maintenance for first response agencies, Director of Emergency Management Kim Elder and 911 Director of Communications Rhonda Braudis explained that approximately $500,000 in ARPA funding – $100,000 for a system of registration and $400,000 for a backup center – had received county ARPA committee approval.

“The goal here is to do our best for Marshall County in several different functions than what we do in emergency services,” Braudis said. “I’m really excited.”

After a second item was taken off the table, the council voted unanimously to give Sheriff Joel Phillips the go-ahead to request a SARA system, which helps facilitate communication between jurisdictions if law enforcement Marshall County order were traveling on something like a detainee transfer. . According to Phillips, there is no cost to the county associated with the system.

County Auditor/Archivist Nan Benson and Supervisory Board Administrative Assistant Shari Coughenour pointed out that the request for funding for access and maintenance fees was not addressed during the discussion on item 10A, and supervisor Bill Patten eventually offered to leave this matter on the agenda. table for at least one more meeting without a specific deadline for a decision. The motion passed unanimously.

Earlier in the meeting, Marshalltown Arts and Civic Center (MACC) Director of Operations Nancy Burke stopped by to discuss a request to hire the bandshell for MACC’s grand reopening on Sept. 18. The standard rental fee is $450, and Burke asked about the possibility of a reduction because the MACC, which has not yet reopened, currently has no source of income. The event is also free to the public, as she noted, so no money will be collected that day.

Board Chairman Dave Thompson said the $450 had been flat for a while and probably didn’t even cover the true cost of using it, and Patten was concerned about providing a discounted rate for some organizations. as opposed to others and the perception of injustice. Burke told the council that she would be willing to pay the costs herself, but Patten informed her that he already had anonymous people who had come forward willing to cover the costs.

As Benson also explained, state auditor Rob Sand has been monitoring transactions between nonprofits more closely to ensure that no laws or ethics guidelines are violated.

“We have to follow the rules. We don’t have to like them, but we have to follow them,” Benson said.

In the end, a motion to approve the rental and fees passed unanimously. As the meeting began, County Attorney Jordan Gaffney and Central Iowa Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATUCI) clinical director Darcy Maiden-Parks stopped to observe the proclamation of September as the month recovery.

“I just want to express my gratitude to SATUCI and all of the community partners who are helping us fight this fight and continuing to fight this fight in our community because a lot of what we do at the county attorney’s office is to fight against substance abuse disorders. “, said Gaffney.

Maiden-Parks also provided a brief update on SATUCI’s future after Center Associates, with whom it previously shared a building, recently moved to the south side of Marshalltown near the hospital. SATUCI’s goal, she said, is to potentially take over the rest of the building at 9 N. Fourth Ave. and expand services.

In other cases counsel:

• Approved the hiring of Andrew Cole as Sheriff’s Deputy at an hourly rate of $28.37.

• Approved the real estate reduction at 719 Fourth Ave. in Marshalltown.

• Approved the consent program as indicated.


Contact Robert Maharry

at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or

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