The Marshall County Board of Supervisors continued to discuss sharing costs associated with the new emergency radio system — and some American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help with some aspects of the project — during Tuesday morning’s regular meeting.
Although agenda item 10A, previously filed, was listed as “Marshall County Communications Commission Request for District Funding,” seemingly in relation to the ongoing discussion of first responder access and maintenance fees, Director of Emergency Management Kim Elder and 911 Communications director Rhonda Braudis said about $500,000 in ARPA funding — $100,000 for a recording system and $400,000 for a backup center — has been approved by the county ARPA committee.
“The goal here is to make it as good as possible for Marshall County in various capacities of our emergency medical service work,” Bradis said. “I’m very excited.”
After a second item was taken off the table, the board voted unanimously to give Sheriff Joel Phillips the green light to apply for a SARA system, which facilitates inter-jurisdictional communication when Marshall County law enforcement is dealing with something like an inmate transfer would travel . According to Phillips, there is no cost to the county for the system.
Both County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson and Administrative Assistant to the Board of Supervisors, Shari Coughenour, pointed out that the request for funding for access and maintenance fees was not addressed during the discussion of Item 10A, and Supervisor Bill Patten eventually moved that it should be Subject to be left on the table for at least one more session with no specific deadline for a decision. The motion was passed unanimously.
At the beginning of the meeting, Marshalltown Arts and Civic Center (MACC) Operations Manager Nancy Burke stopped by to discuss a request to rent the bandstands for MACC’s grand reopening on September 18th. The standard rental fee is $450 and Burke asked about the possibility of a discount since MACC, which has not yet reopened, currently has no revenue streams. The event is also free to the public, she noted, so no money is being raised on the day.
Chief Executive Dave Thompson said the $450 had been flat for some time and probably didn’t even cover the true cost of using it, and Patten feared offering some organizations a discounted rate versus others and perceptions of unfairness. Burke told the board she was willing to pay the cost herself, but Patten told her he already had anonymous people who had agreed to pay the cost.
As Benson also explained, State Inspector Rob Sand has been monitoring transactions between nonprofits more closely to ensure that no laws or ethics codes are being violated.
“We have to stick to the rules. We don’t have to like them, but we have to follow them,” Benson said.
A motion to approve the rent and fee was eventually passed unanimously. At the start of the meeting, District Attorney Jordan Gaffney and Darcy Maiden-Parks, clinical director for the Central Iowa Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATUCI), stopped by to observe a proclamation of September as the month of recovery.
“I just want to say thank you to SATUCI and all of the community partners who are helping us fight this fight and continue to fight this fight in our community because a big part of what we do in the DA’s office is fighting substance abuse disorders,” said Gaffney.
Maiden-Parks also gave a brief update on SATUCI’s future after Center Associates, with whom it formerly shared a building, recently relocated to the south side of Marshalltown near the hospital. SATUCI’s goal, she said, is to potentially take the remainder of the building at 9 N. Fourth Ave. take over and expand the services.
In other business, the Board has:
• Approved the hiring of Andrew Cole as a deputy sheriff at an hourly rate of $28.37.
• Approved the reduction of real estate at 719 Fourth Ave. in Marshalltown.
• Approved the Consent Agenda as listed.
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