County starts process to replace jail control panel

The control panel which operates the security system, doors, cells and locks at the Marshall County Jail is in need of replacement.

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors took a first step in that process during a meeting Tuesday by hiring Bluestone Engineering of Johnston. The firm will help the county create a Request for Proposal for the control panel replacement.

Paul Zobel, director of buildings and grounds with the county, did not want to give a ballpark figure on the cost estimate of the control panel replacement.

“We’re very concerned with how expensive it’s going to be,” Zobel said. “This firm will give us a better idea of what it’s going to cost.”

Sheriff Ted Kamatchus has said previously the current computerized control panel has reach the end of its life and a new one is vital for jail operations. The current panel is 13 years old.

Supervisor Chair Dave Thompson said they have set aside a significant amount of money for the project in the current year’s budget.

In other action, the supervisors approved the lease purchase agreement of a 2013 Dodge Durango from Stew Hansen Dodge of Urbandale for $26,311. The Durango will be used by the sheriff’s office.