Arts Festival to offer craft beer, Iowa wine

Marshalltown Art Festival-goers who are of age will be able to purchase craft beer and Iowa wine on county grounds after a Marshall County Board of Supervisors decision Tuesday.

“We’ve always had some Iowa breweries and wineries come and sample beer and wine but this year is the first year that we are requesting that we sell it,” said Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance Director Amber Danielson. “We will be highlighting two breweries, Confluence and Firetrucker and then Summerset Winery out of Indianola; it will be only craft beer and Iowa native wine that we will have for sale.”

Board Chairman Bill Patten, Vice Chairman Dave Thompson and member Steve Salasek voted in favor of allowing the beverage sales during the July 21 event. The board previously approved the use of Marshall County Courthouse grounds for the festival.

Danielson said the festival’s usual beer and wine tasting tents will return this year. Danielson said those wanting to buy alcohol at the event will be ID’d before entering the designated tent area and given a wrist band. Once purchased, festival-goers will be able to carry their drinks through the festival area.

“They’re invited to stroll on the north side of the (Marshall County) Courthouse and then from Center (Street) to Second Avenue,” she said.

Danielson said the Marshalltown City Council had given the nod to allowing visitors with approved alcoholic beverages to stroll through the designated festival area, which she said will have signs showing where alcohol is allowed. She said the festival is paying for four Marshalltown police officers to patrol the event.

“The two breweries that we chose have very colorful cans, so it will be very easy to spot individuals who are potentially carrying around beer that wasn’t purchased from us,” Danielson said.

In other business, the supervisors approved raises for two Marshall County Conservation employees. Both raises passed in 2-1 votes, Thompson being the “no” vote on both.

He said Marshall County Conservation Director Mike Stegmann presented the requests for wage changes for the maintenance technician and administrative assistant positions too late in the Fiscal Year 2019 budgeting process.

“If I could backtrack and turn back time, I’d have this request in that budget back in November,” Stegmann said. “It was a complete oversight, my fault.”

Because of the current stage in the budgeting process, he said he would take the funds for the raises out of his department’s “maintenance supplies” funds. Stegmann said both positions would see an $800 annual salary increase.

He said both had earned the raises through efficient work, taking on important duties and more.

The board also voted to renew the county’s statement of understanding with Central Iowa Community Services (CICS) 10-county region. Patten said CICS will add Greene County to the region in July.

Additionally, the board approved an agreement with the City of Ferguson to provide law enforcement protection through June 30, 2019 for $3,240 in compensation.

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. June 26 in meeting room No. 1 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St.

Official canvass completed

The supervisors also participated in the official canvass of the results from the June 5 primary election. Also involved were Marshall County Auditor and Recorder Nan Benson, Assistant Auditor Cynthia Reutzel and Auditor-Recorder’s Elections Assistant Blaze Wurr.

“Everything balanced out,” Benson said. “Everything came out well.”

She said none of Marshall County’s elections outcomes changed as Tuesday’s official numbers were sent to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

Official numbers show 2,891 of the county’s 24,646 registered voters, or 11.73 percent, cast a ballot in the June 5 primary. That figure is higher than the less than 10 percent rate shown in unofficial results.


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