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February 26, 2013

Supervisors deny grant request


What the supervisors do not know is whether or not demolition or deconstructing of the building would be more fiscally responsible. The supervisors had insufficient information at the time of the meeting to discuss or move forward with any action regarding the building.

"We need to get better information before we do anything on this," Kingery said. The supervisors do not want to let the building fall into further disrepair and become an eyesore for the City of Bussey.

Other supervisors' notes:

• Approved a work beyond right of way agreement with Marvin Miller.

• Vacated a portion of right of way on G-71 near Twin Cedars Schools. Twin Cedars' bus barn burned down last year and a new one has been erected. A propane tank has been installed to service the new bus barn, when there was not one before. To keep the tank at the required distance from the building, the school district needed to place it on land that belonged to the county. County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum did not see an issue with vacating the land to accommodate the school district.

• Approved providing administration workspace for Mid Iowa Community Action. The organization will likely have space in the former Department of Human Services building.

• The supervisors now close their meetings with updates from the various boards and committees in which they represent the county. Kingery said Aging Resources is taking a 5 percent funding cut.

Raymie said the Fifth Judicial District discussed its budget request and how caseloads are growing for workers. Staffing levels within the district do not meet the mounting demand of work required. Money is going to become more of an issue for the courts.

Raymie added that Chief Judge Arthur Gamble also discussed courthouse security. Raymie reported that, in Gamble's opinion, the best way to keep the courthouse secure is to have a guard with a gun. Marion County is already doing this.

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