Stepping up security

County supervisors approve part-time security deputy hire, 911 agreement discussed

A fourth courthouse security officer was hired and a 28E agreement for 911 services was discussed at the Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

“This has been one of our goals from our courthouse security plan,” board Chairman Bill Patten said of the hiring of Tracy Anderson as the fourth part-time security deputy at the Marshall County Courthouse.

The hire is one step in a plan to increase security measures at the courthouse.

“I’ve known Tracy for a number of years, he was a former police officer with Marshalltown,” said board Vice Chairman Dave Thompson. “He will bring substantial experience to our organization.”

He said the board has budgeted for four courthouse security positions, but added it’s possible the total number hired could reach six.

“I know the sheriff’s intent is to maybe, possibly acquire a couple more so that they might have six people that they can rotate through those four positions as their schedules necessitate,” Thompson said.

Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman confirmed the intent to have four “core” part-time security deputies, with another two deputies to supplement the four positions.

Anderson’s hire was effective as of Tuesday.

Also discussed was the Nov. 30 Local Emergency Management Commission (LEM) meeting, where a motion to accept a 28E agreement concerning 911 services was tabled.

“You had tabled the 28E for the county 911 emergency communications levy; we did the same,” said Marshall County Emergency Management Agency coordinator Kim Elder to the board Tuesday. “We are waiting, we have a special meeting Dec. 27 so that we can revisit that.”

Mayors, or representatives of mayors, from some Marshall County cities were at the LEM meeting, along with Patten and Elder. The proposed agreement would see a new Marshall County Communications Commission created; that new commission would be placed in charge of a levy for 911 employee salaries and benefits, the cost of which is currently split between the county and the City of Marshalltown.

Thompson said the supervisors tabled the issue at the Nov. 28 meeting due to some citizens’ concerns about the plan.

“It was kind of my feeling, being there, the reason [the mayors and representatives] wanted to table it was they didn’t think that they understood the program,” Patten said of the LEM meeting. “We did volunteer to come to their towns or their meetings and help them, and some said they wanted that.”

Elder agreed, adding the issue is complex and some of the representatives may not have been up to date on the proposed agreement. She said the current 911 services 28E agreement expires on June 30, 2018.

A public hearing on a proposed amendment to the county’s No. 10 Platting and Subdivision Ordinance yielded no written or oral comments from the public. After the hearing was closed, the board moved to waive a second reading of the amendment pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 331.302 (6.a.) and moved to a third and final reading, and the amendment was adopted by the board.

Patten said the changes were to correct errors in text and typos, and that the amendment was not “changing things in a big way.”

Also decided Tuesday was next year’s floating holiday for county employees, with Dec. 24, 2018 as the date approved. Thompson said the date was supported by county employee feedback.

“Without question, a majority of the individuals all thought that the 24th would be good,” he said. “It’s a Monday, Christmas is going to fall on Tuesday, so this probably makes the most sense.”

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors Meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 in meeting room No. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.

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