Benson assumes auditor post

Supervisors take action on wastewater project, talk courthouse security

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS New Marshall County Auditor-Recorder Nan Benson was sworn into office by District Court Judge John Haney Tuesday morning, following the Marshall County Board of Supervisors’ approval of her appointment to replace Deanne Raymond at the position.

“We’re really looking forward to getting her on board.”

Marshall County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dave Thompson, along with the rest of the board, praised incoming Marshall County Auditor-Recorder Nan Benson at Tuesday morning’s regular meeting as she was officially appointed to the position.

Benson, who lives just east of State Center in the Washington Township, was sworn into office late Tuesday morning by District Court Judge John Haney. She replaces Deanne Raymond at the position, and her appointment by the board will last until the official canvass of votes after the 2018 general election.

“We made a unanimous choice, and I think it was a tremendous choice,” Thompson said, thanking all five people who applied for the position.

Board Chairman Bill Patten said Benson has the right credentials for the job.

“We were all impressed with her resume and her interview,” he said.

Also approved Tuesday was a resolution authorizing negotiations to begin for acquisition of land for a wastewater treatment facility near Green Mountain.

“The county will purchase the land, and then the Rural Water Association turns right around and buys it back from us because they will be the owners of the facility,” Thompson said.

“The dollars from our portion of the budget will come from LMI, which is low and moderate income; it’s our trust fund that has been put together from the TIF (tax increment financing) dollars that come from the Harvester TIF.”

The county will also pay for the land acquisition with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan and a Community Development Block Grant from the federal government. If negotiations for land acquisition fail, the resolution passed 3-0 by the board allows for JCG Land Services Inc. to use eminent domain to acquire the land.

“When it gets to the bottom line, this does not have an effect on the property tax payers in Marshall County, we’re just facilitating this,” Thompson said.

The fair market value of the three portions of property the county is proposing to purchase are as follows, according to the resolution: 3.90 acres currently owned by Matt Smith Farms Inc. appraised for $29,000, 12.60 acres currently owned by Linda Voss Revocable Trust — Paulette Burmudez Trust appraised for $100,800 and .65 acres currently owned by the Green Mountain Garwin Community School District appraised for $6,000.

“There was a third party that was hired by JCG Land Services to provide the appraisals, we have had nothing to do with that part of it,” Patten said.

The wastewater treatment facility is set to have three ponds.

Marshall County Courthouse security was also discussed at the meeting. The board approved the hire of Ken Yoemans as a part-time security officer, and Patten shared information on upcoming changes at the building.

“There are a number of things that we’re working on,” he said. “We’re going to, here in the near future, be shutting the door that a lot of people use on the north side, which is really our main door.”

The date for the north door’s closing has yet to be decided. Patten also said an X-ray machine will eventually installed at the south entrance.

In other business

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club was approved to put up a holiday light display at the courthouse square. The display will light up the square in the evening from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31.

An official notice to agencies looking to request county funding in Fiscal Year 2017-18 was also discussed. Funding requests are to be submitted to the board of supervisors by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, and applications must be submitted with documentation to substantiate the request. Budget packets can be requested from the auditor-recorder’s office.

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 14 in meeting room no. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.


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