VINTON – Benton County is getting ready for next year’s budget, as the Benton County Board of Supervisors set the hearing for Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse in Vinton. An alternate date is March 24 at 9:45 a.m.
In a budget-related matter, a hearing was held on maximum levy. There were no comments. This is a new requirement for this year. The maximum levy was approved.
A land use hearing was set for Tuesday, March 24, at 9:10 a.m. for Justin and Stacy DeMoss, for land in Parcel A, Section 25, Leroy Township.
A land use hearing was set for Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. for Kevin and Deb Kacena, for land in Section 34, Harrison Township.
A land use hearing was held for William and Kelsey Bird, for land in Section 31, Leroy Township.
In an update on the landfill commission, Supervisor Tracy Seeman told of the challenges of recycling or disposing of wind turbine blades. Primmer pointed out there are plans for a plant in Newton that will recycle the blades. They also discussed solar panels.
Bids were opened for two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s department. Thys Motors, Belle Plaine, submitted a bid for Durangos at $29,227 each. They also submitted another bid with different engines at $31,303 each. One is a V-6, and the other is a V-8. Thys Motors of Blairstown submitted bid for a Tahoe for $37,698 each. The sheriff tabled action until they could go over the bids. The sheriff recommended the two V-8 Durangos from Thys in Belle Plaine, which was approved.
Approval was given to a part-time communication specialist, Amber Pierce, at the sheriff’s office and a part-time employee, Adrieonna Hennings, at the rural access center. Sheriff Ron Tippett also updated the communication and pager systems. The communication system will be the Shared Area Radio Agreement, will match up with surrounding counties.
Bids were opened for the new transportation building. The bids for various parts of the project were from Stark Construction, Newhall, $63,500; Edwards Plumbing, Vinton, $37,960; Wirtanen Concrete, Atkins, $57,280; Pickering Backhoe Service, Van Horne, $7,500.28; and Atkins Lumber, Atkins, $140,320.59; Halstead Doors, $4,900; Bearbower Drywall, $7,651.20. and McDowells Building Materials, Vinton, $133,315. There were no bids for electrical work or insulation. The total was about $325,000, without insulation and electrical work. They will work to compare the bids before approval, which is expected next week.
The Historical Preservation Commission members gave an update on the Spencer Grove project, which includes preserving the stained glass windows. The commission wants the county to be the fiscal agent for a grant for which they are applying.
Karen Phelps of Benton County Transportation visited with the board on a shop building at Hannen Park.