Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 9, 2013

Board of Supervisors discusses agreements

By Clint Brown Journal-Express
The Journal Express

---- — 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.

“The purpose of this is to make services more efficient,” Raymie said. “We will do our best to save some money, but that is not the purpose. Cost sharing will be done on a per capita basis.”

The second related resolution was for a 28E agreement for Tri-County Case Management between Mahaska, Poweshiek and Mation County. Additionally, an independent case manager will handle the cases in Marion County going forward.

The agreement will be tried for a year to see how it works out and then adjustments will be made as needed according to the board.

In other action

Board approved a zoning change from C-2 to A-1 at 1584 Hwy. 5, Knoxville. Second and third readings of this ordinance change were waived and the ordinance was adopted. This also includes updates to the zoning map.

Board approved a resolution in regards to a Comprehensive Plan update and zoning change at 1154 92nd Ave., Knoxville. An ordinance for a zoning map adjustment was also approved, with second and third readings waived. This also includes updates to the zoning map. The board also approved a Site Plan for an electrical substation site, requested by Pella Rural Electric Co-Op, at the address listed above.

“This (project) will enhance the services they (Pella REC) provide,” Raymie said.