The Marion County Board of Supervisors, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, denied a request by the Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) for a $5,000 grant.
RC&D made the request at a previous board meeting. Once federally funded, the organization sought assistance from Marion County to continue its operations. One of the things it has done for the county in the past is assist with grant applications, a service that the county was also charged for.
"They are beneficial," Conservation Director Steve Edwards said of RC&D.
Supervisor Mark Raymie was concerned about continuing governmental support for agencies that focus on economic development. He believes that tax dollars should be used for essential county services, and not for requests such as this.
"I probably won't be supportive of it," Raymie said. A motion was made to approve the grant. Raymie and Board Chairman Jim Kingery voted nay, while Supervisor Craig Agan, who has worked with RC&D, abstained.
In other board action, the supervisors approved the county's noxious weed control program. This has been published in the Legal Notices of the Journal-Express. It will provide opportunities for those who receive complaints to address them before action is taken by the county. By approving the policy, the county also has a better legal standing, if an issue demands court action.
Due to Tuesday's unexpected early morning snowfall, a guest the supervisors expected was unable to attend. The man was coming to discuss a proposal for the Bussey Memorial Building.
This county-owned building was abandoned by the county months ago, due to liability fears from its poor condition. Tomorrow's Resources has proposed deconstructing the building, and reusing materials from it for other projects. Grant funding may also be available if the county allows this disposal of the building.