Supervisors approve courthouse HVAC replacement

Marshall County received just one bid for the replacement of the heating and air conditioning system for the west side of the courthouse, but it appeared to be good enough.

The board of supervisors approved the bid of $388,800 from Sheet Metal Engineering of Des Moines for the project, which will mirror work already done on the east side of the courthouse. The bid was approved during a regular meeting of the supervisors Tuesday. It’s unclear when the project will be completed.

“We’ll either get it done this fall or next spring,” said Paul Zobel, buildings and grounds director with the county.

Supervisor Chairman Dave Thompson said he was pleased with the amount of the bid and the fact the same company will be doing the work.

“We are going to keep the continuity,” he said.

In other action from the meeting, the supervisors approved a $10,000 raise for Jonathan Bailey as he takes over the information services department for the county on an interim basis. Zobel took umbrage with this move since he was not compensated for taking on his role on an interim basis when he took over for Todd Kelley. Zobel said the supervisors should “give very serious” consideration in treating employees the same.

Other county personnel moves also were approved Tuesday including hiring of Colleen Whitmore as a jailer ($17.08 per hour pay rate) and Jordan DeZeeuw as a deputy sheriff ($44,212 annual salary) in the sheriff’s office. Promotions were also given to county employees Austin Ewalt in secondary roads and Jeremiah Manken in the conservation department.

The county also entered into a 28E sharing agreement with Warren County as each county will house a backup disaster recovery system on their site and the counties will share the cost of the equipment. This equipment allows for county business to continue operating if local equipment goes down or is unaccessible, Bailey said.