Helping out a neighbor

Geilenfeldt to act as interim engineer for Hardin County


One of Marshall County’s northern neighbors finds itself without a county engineer, and on Tuesday the Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt to act as the interim engineer for Hardin County.

“It’s not an uncommon thing to happen, when a county has an engineer leave and they’re in their search for a new engineer, to get a neighboring county to sign certain documents for them,” Geilenfeldt said.

Board Vice President Dave Thompson said Marshall County has received similar help in the past from Hardin and Tama counties.

“Hardin County has been very good to us in the past; when we were down and without an IT (information technology) director, they offered their services in the IT department,” he said. “This is just being good Iowa neighbors.”

Geilenfeldt said the types of papers interim county engineers often sign include construction plans and progress payments, among others.

Also approved Tuesday were two separate requests for use of Marshall County Courthouse grounds. One involved an event held by the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA and Not in Our Town (NIOT).

“It’s a display I think people notice, and it brings attention to the important issue of domestic violence,” said YMCA-YWCA Financial Development Director Kim Jass-Ramirez of the small flags placed on the courthouse lawn every year. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

For the 2017 Week Without Violence October display, 18-inch tall flags will be placed on the lawn of the Courthouse from Oct. 16-20. Each flag will represent a domestic violence call made in the county.

The other courthouse grounds request granted was for a Travel Channel show host, Det. Steve Di Schiavi, to do an interview with the Marshalltown Police Department in a courthouse courtroom today.

A Secondary Roads equipment purchased was also approved. A service body for the county-owned mechanic truck was approved for purchase in the amount of $74,935; it will be built to the county’s specifications by Aspen Equipment Company of Ankeny.

“This is the service body that will go on that chassis that we just purchased, the Ram 5500 chassis,” Geilenfeldt said. “It’s the body that has all the compartments for tooling and it also includes a compressor, generator, welder and hoist, so it can pick up parts.”

He said he expects 15 years or more of use out of the equipment.

County Buildings and Grounds Director Lucas Baedke also gave an update on the Courthouse elevator upgrade project.

“Both [of] our elevators have passed state inspection, so they’re up and running,” he said. “There are some small things that we still have to finish … right now they’re installing a leak detection system in both the pits of the elevators.”

Things like painting and a flooring update also need to be done, Baedke added.

On the county auditor-recorder vacancy, the supervisors said no one has turned in papers yet. Patten and Thompson said they’d spoken to people who have shown interest, but no official filings have been made. Acting auditor-recorder and Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil confirmed that no papers had been turned in to the auditor’s office.

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 17 in meeting room no. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.


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