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February 8, 2018 Supervisors review Emergency Management Center project
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The Washington County supervisors discussed having a 50-cent pre-levy debt service to help pay for the state-mandated communication equipment that has to be installed in the county by the end of 2019 at their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The equipment is a major part of the maximum $10.5 million allocated for the project that also includes a new building, possibly on the county-owned Orchard Hill site on Lexington Blvd.

During Tuesday’s discussion, board members repeatedly said real cost for the entire project should be well below the $10.5 million. That figure was set to cover all contingencies. The number of communication towers is the single biggest factor in the total cost. Last week the board had figures from Northland Securities showing a one-year 63 cents (per $1,000 valuation) debt levy rate. An eight-year rate would be $1.37 and the maximum 12-year plan, 97 cents.

Supervisors agreed that the proposed pre-levy should be in the current 2018-19 budget. Without the equipment update and a location for it, the county’s 911 system would not be able to operate. Previously, the board found the current Safety Center building is not adequate.

The board is also seeking further details regarding how much the successful bid contractor will want up front with a possibility of a 25 percent advance payment. They also discussed having a project manager after receiving a presentation about services from Carl A. Nelson, the current contractor for the Kalona Community Center project.

The project to put a parking area at 302 W. Main St., on a lot obtained last year by the county, saw several motions and amended motions before being approved, on a 4-1 vote. The board will obtain quotes for gravel and fencing for the area. The fencing is needed on the west side to divide the lot from an adjoining child day care facility.

Supervisor Jack Seward Jr., the lone no vote, suggested seeding and maintaining the area for a year or two before deciding its final use.

In other business, the board:

• Acknowledged the two-barn swine confident operation for Blackwater Farms, Wayland, for the site in Crawford Township. The facility will accommodate 1,999 animals.

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