Supervisors talk county storage space, bridge inspection

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ The devastation of the July 19 tornado continues to create a ripple effect in Marshall County. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors voted unanimously to approve a temporary lease agreement between the county and the Marshalltown Mall for storage of court files and materials. Left to right: Supervisors Dave Thompson, Bill Patten and Steve Salasek and Marshall County Auditor and Recorder Nan Benson.

The devastation of the July 19 tornado continues to create a ripple effect in Marshall County. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors voted unanimously to approve a temporary lease agreement between the county and the Marshalltown Mall for storage of court files and materials.

“This is for the court storage — so everything in the basement of the annex, second floor of the annex, the attic of the courthouse, fourth floor of the courthouse — cleaning out all of that so we can continue our reconstruction work on those properties,” Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson said.

The temporary lease agreement between Marshall County and the Marshalltown Center IO, LLC (Marshalltown Mall), is for six months, and then on a month-to-month basis following that time period. The county will be renting approximately 3,441 square feet of space at a cost of $1,433.75 per month, plus utilities.

Benson said there has not yet been a signed agreement between the two parties, but one is expected in the near future. She said the mall has requested the county decorate the floor space of the storage area that will be visible to the public.

“The college (MCC) has been so good to us for letting us be out there with the courts, that maybe we could put something there for the local community college to promote it,” Benson said.

Road inspections

The supervisors were informed about the secondary road-bridge inspection contract to approve the costs to perform inspections on bridges during fiscal years 2019 and 2020 by Calhoun-Burns & Associates. For 2019, 139 bridges will need to be inspected, at a cost per year of $26,890. For 2020, the figure will be 146 bridges, at a cost of $29,110 per year.

“This is the inspection required by the National Bridge Inspection Standards, and we’ve worked with Calhoun-Burns for more years than I’ve been here and had a good experience with them,” county engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said. “It’s becoming a bit cheeper than it was, say, six or seven years ago. There isn’t a whole lot to inspect on a bridge that is only two years old, and they can take those to a longer interval between inspections for a certain amount of time. We’re slowly getting more of the newer bridges in there, and we’re also getting rid of our fracture-critical bridges, and that reduces costs too.”

An additional $7,000 would be needed to conduct critical fracture inspections on 11 structures.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Patten asked Geilenfeldt to elaborate on the number of bridges in Marshall County.

“As far as the FHWA is concerned, this is how many bridges we have. We have bridges that are shorter than 20 feet, that they don’t call bridges; we call them bridges but the Feds don’t call them bridges. Likewise, we have box culverts that are multiple barrel and span more than 20 feet; we don’t call it a bridge, but it’s called a bridge,” Geilenfeldt said.

The supervisors approved this measure 3-0.

In other business

• The supervisors accepted changes made to the Annual Manure Management Plan, whereby Burt Farm and Livestock Co. — Seminole Site manure management plan received and placed on file with the change of acres added.

• A zoning resolution-preliminary and final plats of the Mohr subdivision, located south of Marshalltown in Timber Creek Township was unanimously approved, as was a zoning resolution-preliminary and final plats of the Howe subdivision, located west of Bangor.

• The supervisors recognized Jeremiah Manken, Marshall County Conservation Board member, for his 10 years of service, as well as Jerry Overstake, for his five years of service at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

The next Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 4 on the second floor of the Great Western Bank Building, 11 N. 1st Ave.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at

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