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November 1, 2018 Supervisors OK loan agreement, issue bonds
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In a 4-1 vote (Chairman Abe Miller opposed) Tuesday, the Washington County supervisors approved the Urban Renewal Communication Facility Loan agreement and a bond issue not to exceed $3.5 million to finance it.

Miller, who stressed he had no opposition to the communications facility, has questioned the inclusion of a county emergency operations center in it.

Interest on the bonds was estimated at 3.5 percent over a possible 10-year term, but sale and final terms are expected next month.

The operations area would also serve as an emergency shelter for county residents in times of weather or other widespread disasters. The vote came after a public hearing.

The new building is expected to be done by December 2019, and will house the state mandated updated radio equipment, also expected to be installed in December.

Earlier this year, the county authorized allocating more than $10.6 million for the equipment and installation.

Equipment bids came in well below estimate, between $6 million and $7 million, with the number of towers yet to be determined.

In other business, the board:

• Acknowledged the quarterly reports for Veterans Affairs and for General Assistance.

• Approved changing Karen Witzenburg, sheriff’s department, from casual part-time to full-time, effective Nov. 20.

• Approved an urban renewal plan that includes removal of blighted properties at 123 East Second St. and 321 South Iowa Ave., as well as city acquisition and further development in the area.

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