Shelter for sport

IVCCD board OKs MHS cross country shelter, MCC to host mass casualty training

After several years of waiting, a shelter is set to be built for use by the Marshalltown High School cross country program on the Marshalltown Community College campus.

“The [MHS] cross country program wanted to raise funds to build a shelter out by the [MCC] cross country course,” said MCC Athletic Director Dr. Kathleen Brown at Wednesday’s Iowa Valley Community College District Board meeting. “At the time, MCC and MHS were sharing the course; we have since dropped our program, but MHS still uses the cross country course.”

The board approved the construction of the shelter, and it is currently planned to measure 20 feet by 24 feet.

Much has changed since the decision was made between MHS and MCC for a shelter to be constructed near the college’s course.

“The thought of it started 5 or 6 years ago, and that was when we still had a construction trades program, so it was going to kind of be a collaborative effort to get this thing built,” Brown said.

However, the college’s construction trades program has since been eliminated, meaning the high school had to raise construction funds. The project, for one reason or another, was delayed for years, Brown said.

“Now they have enough resources to cover it (shelter construction), and they want to be able to get it built before they host a meet our there at the end of August,” she said. “They are calling it a weekend project once the concrete pad gets laid.”

MHS is currently the only team that uses the MCC cross country course. The team has two home meets scheduled for the upcoming fall season, one in August and another in September. If the district is chosen to host the regional meet, it would mean a third competition at the course in October.

“We don’t charge for the use by the school, but they share in the expense to groom it and take care of it,” said IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree.

Also coming to the MCC campus is a mass casualty training exercise involving area law enforcement and emergency management entities. The exercise will take place at 12 p.m. July 19, and the campus will be closed as a result.

“It’s including the Marshall County Emergency Management Services, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshalltown Police Department, all emergency medical personnel at Iowa Valley and MCC staff,” Duree said. “Next Wednesday, the campus will be shut down from noon until later afternoon.”

He said the exercise will be a learning opportunity.

“There will be a debriefing afterward; we’ll learn a lot, all of the service agencies will learn a lot,” Duree said. “It’s going to be about as close to real life as you could get without, God forbid, it being real life.”

In other business

The board approved a lease agreement between IVCCD and Hawkeye Community College for space at the R.M. Wolfe Center at 3405 S. Center St. The lease ends June 30, 2018 and is charged at an annual rate of $12.06 per square foot.

Also approved was a nursing services agreement between the district and McFarland Clinic, P.C. for services including vaccinations. A separate agreement with McFarland was also approved for athletic trainer services.

The next IVCCD B oard meeting is set for 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the district office, 3702 S. Center St.

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