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October 9, 2013

Board of Supervisors discusses agreements

In a somewhat short meeting, the Marion County Supervisors met on Tuesday morning. To starting the meeting, the board approved an agreement application for the Living Windows event in Knoxville. The event will be held in the Marion County Courtyard on Nov. 21, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Following a public hearing, the board approved a road vacation east of 192nd Place. The road is described as Road No. 1070, but is unnamed and is approximately .25 miles long. The responsibility of the road will go back to the property owners the road runs along. All easements will also be vacated.

The board then approved the cancellation of a Residential road seal contract with Manatts Inc. The board was informed that the project was bid in August to reseal roads in Tracy, Attica, Columbia and Otley. Although only one bid was received the County felt like the project needed to be done. The contractor then ran into delays and problems and realized it would be not beneficial for either party to proceed.

“We can maintain the roads through the winter,” County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum said. “We will re-let the same contract in January or February. We have been told that others did not bid last time because they were booked up, so we should have better competition this time.A majority of the roads are in Tracy and not are rock surfaced. There is a decent base to maintain.”

The board also approved a pair of resolutions regarding 28E agreements. The first was for a Behavioral Health Region between Mahaska, Poweshiek and Marion County. This is to comply with Iowa law, ordering counties into regions for services. This process began two years ago and has developed well, according to Supervisor Mark Raymie. Once all the counties have signed the agreement the operation process will begin.

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