TR PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY Realtor Kristina Reece, left, and Marshall County Zoning Administrator Todd Apfel, right, engage in a discussion about a request that the county cover part of the inspection septic tank for seller of rural midstate property. The board of supervisors eventually agreed to pay $540 of the $2,246 bill.

After a lengthy and at times contentious exchange between Marshall County Zoning Administrator Todd Apfel and real estate agent Kristina Reece at Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay $540 $ for “extra work” a local excavation company did for the seller of rural land. State Center as a result of not having information it felt the county’s information technology department should have provided.

County IT manager James Nehring explained that the department was in the process of switching from one software to another and was having difficulty “mixing up” the schedules with the person who helped the department authorize the data – including for septic systems and the time of transfer inspections – but Apfel added that a total of 86 septic inspections have been carried out since the switchover without the cards.

“We had some complaints, but no one filed a complaint. They were able to find it and do it and do it,” Apfel said.

Apfel also disputed Reece’s claim that an Iowa Department of Natural Resources employee told him the county should pay some of the costs involved. He maintained that the three branches on the plot of land were easily identifiable and added that the same company contracted to carry out the work had installed the system in the first place.

Reece, who was representing the seller, then spoke up and said that not having the Marshall County license was why the timing of the transfer inspection should be done as if the system had never been there.

“In turn, you can’t just stand on the property and assume where the D-box is and where the branch lines are,” she said. “It shouldn’t have been about the sellers.”

Initially, Reece asked the council to cover half of the $2,246 bill from Schoppe Construction and Excavating, the company that carried out the inspection, and she also accused Apfel of making derogatory comments about the service. computer, which he denied. Apfel said he doesn’t think the county should pay anything because none of the other 85 vendors had had the same problem.

In response, Reece wondered if she was the only one defending the sellers, and she and Apfel claimed the other was lying.

“It just becomes what you said versus what I said, which is silly. That’s not what it’s about. It’s all about having to take that transfer time like it was never there because Marshall County didn’t have what the inspector needed to start a job,” said Reice. “That’s the problem.”

County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson said his understanding of Iowa’s code was that providing a prior license was a courtesy but not a legal requirement. Supervisor Bill Patten reviewed the invoice and determined that only $540 in its breakdown was “extra labor” that would not otherwise have to be performed as part of each inspection.

Although Apfel worried about opening “Pandora’s box” with future inspections, a motion by Patten to pay the $540 amount passed unanimously.

Earlier in the meeting, the board held a brief public hearing without oral or written comment regarding a decrease in the appropriations budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, passed a resolution approving it, and then approved a reallocation that increased the district court budget from $232,250 to $323,250 and the e911 towers budget from $677,500 to $1,380,000. In turn, the non-departmental budget was reduced from $6,992,216 to $6,198,716.

During this discussion, Board Chairman Dave Thompson took the opportunity to call for increased funding for juvenile detention services in future budgets, citing the workload – in particular, a increased violent crime – and much longer stays at the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora. When he was first elected to the supervisory board in 2010, he said the average stay was around three days.

“We’re getting into a situation where a lot of these kids who are in juvenile detention are what we call ‘super predators’. They’re renounced adults. They have absolutely nothing to lose in this situation because you can’t separate them (and) you can’t lock them in their room,” Thompson said. there or another person who is employed by us in juvenile detention.”

He then told the story of an employee who left the facility for a much lower paying job due to an assault, and Thompson added that he doesn’t see the problem changing anytime soon. He ultimately suggested that Marshall County should at least double its contribution in the future. CIJDC currently serves 26 member counties, 25 affiliate counties and a handful of contract counties.

As Supervisor Steve Salasek was attending the meeting via Zoom and could not be there in person, the board elected to stand by a decision on county funding for radio tower use and equipment replacement until at least at the next regular meeting.

In other cases counsel:

Passed a resolution approving the assignment of a tax sale certificate to the Town of Liscomb for a property at 111 Dubuque St.

Approved the renewal of EMC insurance.

Approved the compliance filing of an actuary’s report for the Marshall County Employees Health and Dental Plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.

Approved setting a December 1 deadline for outside agencies to apply for county funding.

Approved the Closing Statement and accepted a Quitclaim Deed for 2.1 acres of property the County is acquiring from the City of Marshalltown at 901 E. Boone St. for a total cost of $18,363.45.

Approved the Buildings and Grounds Policy as presented.

Authorized the hiring of workers and civil servants for the upcoming 2022 general election, a pay raise for Carol Slifer of election office staff to $15 an hour and the hiring of Phyllis Eygabroad at $13 an hour. ‘hour.



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