Grant to boost drug task force

Supervisors OK Laurel-Ween run route; DOT pre-construction agreement

It was a short Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, and among the actions taken was the acceptance of a grant to go toward the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.

“For the amount of manpower, the officers that are in our area we cover, we’re in the top three in the state of Iowa as far as data collection and making an impact … we’re very successful.” said Marshall County Chief Deputy Joel Phillips.

The Iowa Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) was awarded to Marshall County, the City of Marshalltown and Tama County in a total amount of $25,129. Phillips said the money will go mainly toward the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.

“Maybe in the next year or so, there may be another commanders meeting on how we want to break this up, if we want to restructure the task force to apply those resources to the more successful or active areas, the hotspots,” he said. “Obviously, we’re in a very substantial area where narcotics are distributed in our communities; that may be coming in the next year through the Byrne JAG grant.”

A preconstruction agreement between the county and the Iowa Department of Transportation was given the board’s approval Tuesday. It involves Iowa Highway 146 from County Road E49 to U.S. Highway 30.

“This two-mile section is going to be new grade and pave,” said County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt. “It’s just a chance to get that paved out of the way from the main line so that, during the course of maintenance, our maintainer doesn’t have to be ever in the travel way of Iowa 146.”

Board President Bill Patten asked about county operators’ thoughts on getting out of such projects.

“Every operator I’ve spoken to appreciates the improvements where they have it,” Geilenfeldt said.

Also approved was the use of a portion of 330th Street in southern Marshall County for the Laurel-Ween 2017 11.75k run, as well as the Laurel-Ween Parade and Party set for Oct. 28.

Phillips said the sheriff’s office will be present to help maintain road safety during the Halloween celebration.

After a public meeting on the matter in July, the board adopted a resolution to vacate a portion of 310th Street in the southeastern part of the county.

During public forum, Patten said the work being done on the Marshall County Courthouse elevators is going well.

“There’s difficulty at times, as anything would be,” he said, adding occasional electrical issues are to be expected. “We’re looking forward to this being done.”

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 22 in meeting room No. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.