911 agreement gets final approval

First meeting of new Marshall County Communications Commission set for Jan. 18

“What we’re hoping for is that people will enjoy the transparency.”

Marshall County Board of Supervisors and Joint 911 Service Board Chairman Bill Patten was among the “yes” votes for final approval of a 28E agreement on 911 employee salaries and benefits Monday.

While the agreement was discussed by the 911 Board in November and December of 2017, the body’s executive board voted 6-1 Monday to approve the 28E.

Voting in favor were Patten, Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer, Melbourne Mayor John White, Marshall County Emergency Management Coordinator Kim Elder, Le Grand representative Missy Mauseth and Marion Township representative Marie Thoms. The only “no” vote came from Liscomb Mayor Hank Penner.

“It will create a new commission that will govern the money that goes for the [911 employee] salaries and benefits,” Elder said of the Marshall County Emergency Management Commission created under the agreement.

The estimated amount of the salaries and benefits for Fiscal Year 2019 is $992,412. The cost is currently split between the City of Marshalltown and the county at 62 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

The commission’s board of directors will comprise of the mayors of incorporated cities in Marshall County, a representative from Marion Township, the chairperson of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, the Marshall County Emergency Management Coordinator and the Marshall County Sheriff.

The agreement is set to take effect on July 1, the beginning of FY19; Patten said the city and county will continue to cover the cost of 911 salaries and benefits until this fall.

“There will be a little bit of lag, and the city and the county are going to have to make up that money so that people continue to be paid,” he said. “The payments will keep coming from the city and the county until probably October.”

Patten added that the levy will be shown as a line item for taxpayers to see, meaning more transparency on how the money is being used.

The first Marshall County Communications Commission meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Marshalltown Police Department, 22 N. Center St.

The 911 Board executive committee also set a public hearing on its proposed FY19 budget, which totals $1,237,922. The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Marshalltown Police Department; the board will also have a regular meeting that evening.

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