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TR PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY Albion Mayor Pat Hemming, left, and Marshalltown Councilman Jeff Schneider, right, speak to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors about a proposal to open 1.75 miles of a bike path between the two communities during Tuesday morning’s meeting.

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved just over $550,000 in change orders for the courthouse project and heard from advocates of a project that would open about 1.8 miles of the bike path between Marshalltown and Albion at Tuesday morning’s regular meeting.

County Buildings and Grounds Manager Lucas Baedke provided a breakdown of the change orders and whether the expense would fall to the county, their EMC insurance company, code, or damages. At $383,220.50, or 69.4% of the $551,544.86 total, EMC will cover the vast majority of the costs, including $329,274.41 for the wood finish. The county’s obligation is $119,510.32, while $39,125.82 falls under code and $9,688.22 is considered damages.

According to Baedke, cladding the existing walls in the building is one of the main priorities to ensure continuity throughout the installation.

“If we don’t plaster these walls, it will look like a checkerboard across the building when you look at it,” he said. “With different layers of paint and stuff like that, the wall will look really funny.”

Wood finishing, Baedke explained, is the group’s biggest expense, but he was impressed with the craftsmanship and attention to detail from new contractor Breiholz ​​Construction.

“Our recommendation right now is that these things need to be done if we’re going to have the building that we should have. They are within our budget. They’ve been in our budget for a while, and some of those numbers are actually going to improve our budget,” he said.

Board Chairman Dave Thompson said that aside from a $1.6 million line of credit — part of which went to the Electoral Center and Annex — most of the approximately The county’s $6 million for the project was covered by available funds, and he shared Baedke’s enthusiasm. on the wood finish.

“If you’re going to do this project, our goal was to make it last 100 years, and we want everyone to be proud when they walk into this building,” Thompson said.

The board voted 2-0 (Bill Patten was absent) to approve the change orders, and Baedke said future change orders would be more optional than necessary.

During the public comment period near the end of the meeting, Marshalltown Councilman Jeff Schneider and Albion Mayor Pat Hemming addressed council asking for the county’s support in applying for grants. to fund the paving of a bike path that connects the two communities. According to Schneider, if Trails Inc. receives the grant from Destination Iowa, it would pave approximately 1.75 miles between Radio Tower Road and Albion. On Monday night, Marshalltown City Council approved the $250,000 commitment for the project, which is estimated to cost $1.4 million in total.

To date, Trails Inc. has already received federal funding for Recreational Trails and the Region 6 Alternative Transportation Program (APT) totaling approximately $500,000. About $50,000 in private donations also came in, putting Trails above the 60% threshold to apply for a grant to cover the remaining 40%. Schneider asked the board for an official letter of support and a possible financial contribution.

“We really think this is a great project for Marshall County, which benefits many people in Marshall County and contributes to the economic development of towns like Albion and obviously Marshalltown,” Schneider said.

County resident Harold Lanning responded and urged the council not to support the trail projects, calling them a “total waste of money” and instead emphasizing the importance of providing “good paying employment, good school system, a good health system and a good safe”. community.”

“I know the county hasn’t participated in it in the past, and I would certainly encourage you not to,” he said. “We have bridges all over the county being rated, posted, etc. If you have the money to spend, it would be much better spent than a bike path that goes nowhere and no one uses it.

Marshalltown’s Mark Eaton also expressed concerns about the trail project, the public-private partnership, and the lack of information about Trails Inc. board members. Since the topic came up during public comments and it was not on the agenda, no action could be taken.


• Approved payment of survey fees for the potential acquisition of two parcels of land from the City of Marshalltown near 901 E. Boone St.

• Approved a contract with Manatt’s for road improvements on S52 and E63 in the amount of $2,186,634.75.

• Approved seasonal conservation board hires of Ethan Meyer, Hunter Hughlette, Bill Carey and Julie Stahl.

• Wage increases approved for election workers ahead of June 7 primary.

• Approved a resolution allocating $7,646,967 from the State and Local Coronavirus Tax Relief Fund (SLRFF) as revenue loss.

• Approved renewal of insurance agreements with HealthPartners UnityPoint Health for Marshall County Medical Insurance Plan, Delta Dental for Dental Insurance Plan, and Sourcewell Life, Death and Death Benefits Program. accidental dismemberment and long-term and short-term disability benefits, as well as a change of provider to Assurity Life Insurance Company for voluntary accident and critical illness expense coverage.


Contact Robert Maharry at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or

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