Going to auction

County prepared to sell real estate near Liscomb, supervisors accept drug hot spots grant

A piece of county real estate may soon have a new owner as the Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved a public hearing and a subsequent auction at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

“This is some real estate up north and east of Liscomb,” said board Chairman Bill Patten. “The county is the owner of this real estate, it is a building site … what we are planning to do is have a hearing to be held on Sept. 5, 2017 at 9 a.m., which is our next board meeting.”

The hearing will give members of the public a chance to comment on the proposed sale of the property.

“If the hearing moves forward, then at that point we will also auction that [property] off,” Patten said. “There’s only one way the county can get rid of assets, and that’s by auction.”

The Marshall County Auditor’s Office will accept sealed bids prior to the Sept. 5 hearing and possible auction. Those bids can then be raised at auction, and the board has the right to reject any or all bids made.

The auction will be an open bid. For more information on the hearing and auction, visit www.co.marshall.ia.us/departments/bos and click “Next board meeting agenda.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda was the acknowledgment of receipt of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 CAMP Grant award for the Methamphetamine Drug Hot Spots Grant Program. The federal award to the county totaled $9,880 with no match.

“This is an extremely important acceptance of this award on an annual basis to fight methamphetamine trafficking in Marshall County,” said Board Vice Chairman Dave Thompson, who participated in the meeting via video conference. “Most of our meth is not manufactured locally here anymore, it’s brought in from outside this country; we’re one of the hotspots in the state of Iowa.”

He went on to praise the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force for its “tireless job” of combatting the spread of the drug.

The board also approved its cash contribution to the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund for FY2018-19.

“We can access some state funds for housing improvement activities for lower income people within the region,” said Region 6 Planning Commission Executive Director Marty Wymore. “Over the last four years, the program has invested $574,000 across Marshall County to improve 31 different properties.”

The approved county match to Region 6 was $36,530.

Wymore said two of those properties were The Tallcorn and Iowa Wholesale Supply. The other 29 properties were owner occupied housing. Along with Marshall County, Tama, Poweshiek and Hardin counties comprise Region 6.

“Looks like this year, we’re on target to probably be in the $250,000 range that we’ll spend within Marshall County with the projects we have in the pipeline,” Wymore said. “All of our projects are for critical exterior repairs, so we don’t do anything inside the house.”

Thompson asked Wymore about the impact one county not contributing to Region 6 could have on the other three counties.

“Does it affect any individual county if one county votes differently to not do this? Does it affect anybody else’s monetary portion of this grant?” Thompson asked.

Wymore said if a local match is not met, it’s likely Region 6 would have to recalculate how the money is split up.

“We fund this every year out of our low- and moderate income money that comes out of the Harvester TIF,” Thompson said ahead of the unanimous approval vote. “It does not come directly from the backs of the property tax payers.”

In other business

A slight change to the price and completion date of the Marshall County Courthouse elevator upgrade was approved Tuesday. It involved the required installment of a fire sprinkler in the south elevator hoist way pit, and will add $2,478 to the project cost and three days to the work schedule.

A two-year janitorial service agreement with ABM janitorial service was also approved. The services will be provided to the Iowa Department of Human Services location in Marshalltown, which is overseen by the county.

“This is DHS, which is a state-run program, that the citizens of Marshall County are forced to pay the expenses on,” Thompson said.

Patten said the supervisors have spoken with area legislators about the county’s relationship with the DHS in this matter.

“Every year we go down [to the State Capitol], but we have not been able to change this relationship that we have,” he said. “This is part of our responsibility at this point.”

New stop signs at four county intersections were approved as well. Marshall County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said the new installments will improve safety for drivers.

The first set of signs is set to go on north- and south bound Knapp Avenue where it intersects 125th Street. East- and west bound 155th Street will also see new signs where it meets Gerhart Avenue.

East- and west bound 320th Street traffic will see new stops where that road meets Underwood Avenue. Finally, north- and south bound Gerhart Avenue will have stops where it intersects 310th Street.

Use of the county’s mobile band shell was approved for a rodeo event to be held at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds from 1-9 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Marshall County fairgrounds.

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 5 in meeting room no. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.

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