Should the bell in the clock tower of the Marshall County Courthouse ring again?
It looks like that's a possibility after discussion by the Board of Supervisors.
The bell ringing on the hour was halted several years ago after certain downtown businesses requested it be stopped, Todd Kelley, buildings and grounds director with the county, said Tuesday. The decision to stop the ringing was made by a previous slate of supervisors.
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The bell inside the clock tower at the Marshall County Courthouse may ring again, according to members of the Board of Supervisors.
County Supervisor Deane Adams said he wants an agenda item in the future to vote on bringing the bell ringing back.
"Don't you think that we should be the ones that decide whether that bell rings or not?" Adams said.
Fellow supervisor Dave Thompson said he missed the bell ringing and feels it could have been shut down too hastily several years ago.
"To my knowledge there's only one individual that made the complaint," Thompson said.
Two members of the Marshalltown Central Business District board, Mark Rohde and DyAnne Henry, said they do not recall downtown businesses taking a stance against the bell ringing.
The supervisors plan to discuss the matter in more detail during a future meeting.