Knoxville — The Marion County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new emergency notification system for the Public Health building Monday morning.
The system will cost $2,423.25. It is the same kind of device that is already in use at the Marion County Care Facility.
"It is the least cost method," Duane Vos, a representative of Racom Communications, told the supervisors.
There was a separate proposal that would have included radio notifications. This would have cost approximately $2,000 more. Sheriff Ron Goemaat and Treasurer Denise Emal both favored the radio notification, as it would instantaneously notify every Knoxville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department radio of any situation.
In other board action, a contract was approved with Phillips to repair the floor of the Bussey Memorial Building. The building is owned by Marion County, and the hardwood floor is showing age and wear. The cost of the repair will be $3,651.
Though this was not on the board's agenda, Supervisor Craig Agan asked Emal about an ordinance which would give cities the first opportunity to purchase properties that go to tax sale. The supervisors had previously discussed this. Emal said March was a difficult month to accomplish the writing of the ordinance to fit Marion County, so she had not finished working on it with the County Attorney's Office.
The County intends to proceed with the ordinance, though it is unlikely to be in place prior to a May 15 deadline, which cities have to reach, to express their interest in certain properties.
Other supervisors' notes:
• Approved a Work Beyond Right of Way Agreement between the Secondary Road Department and Alexander Reyes.
• Approved the abatement of current/delinquent property taxes and cancel/refund tax sales for County acquired property in Lakeside Heights Subdivision Block One. There are five lots in question that County purchased, due to flooding issues that occurred in 2010, to which this action applies.
• Approved a special event application for Knoxville Bike Nights, the first Friday night of the month from May-September. Bike Night organizers completed the necessary paperwork and criteria.
• Appointed Larissa Van Donselaar as a regional representative to Central Iowa Tourism.
• The board will meet in special session Tuesday, April 10, at 10 a.m., to discuss HIRTA and RRACAP with Nancy Hulgan.