In the Oct. 4 Board of Supervisors regular meeting, the board approved the hiring of Corey Metzger of Ames, for resource consulting engineer services related to the HVAC system update within the Wayne County Courthouse. Metzger provided feedback to the board stating he would take the position for no less than $4,000 for services that would include reviewing the existing system, heating and cooling load calculations, ventilation calculations and will develop a report for the board to review.

“I want to start my report with my sincerest condolences to the Pat Kelly family,” said County Engineer Randy Zerr as he began his report. “Pat passed away last week and he was a 16-year member of secondary roads with his most recent position as motor grader and he will be greatly missed.”

Zerr went on to provide the board with an update from his department including the reminder on the letting of Medicine Creek being set for Tuesday, Nov. 16. He also stated the pavement striping contractor will begin work next spring, thus meaning one more winter to pass before that will be completed.

“Lastly, on the low water crossing at Cedar Road,” Zerr began. “FEMA got ahold of the state last week and now they are inquiring, wanting more calculations. So I am going to supply them with whatever I can as they are a regulatory agency, so they have a say. Why they came out of left field with this is beyond me.”

In other business, the board approved plans for a 2010 Ford Explorer that is no longer being used by the county to be placed up for bid. The vehicle has 115,000 miles and sealed bids will be accepted from the public until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

The board reviewed quotes for a new security camera system for the courthouse received from South Central Communication Networks/GRM and Superior Cable. The system will work from 11-cameras with 16 channels available. The board chose the quote from Superior Cable as their bid of $6,668 was slightly less than that of $6,738 received from SCC Networks/GRM.

The board also approved a pledge commitment to the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund for the fiscal year 2023. The board has given $7,500 annually which is matched in a four-to-one commitment providing additional funds. Funds that are donated within Wayne County, are available to residents within Wayne County only.

Auditor Michelle Dooley informed the board each county was hoping for a commitment of $20,000. The board approved a $10,000 pledge in hopes with other added sources from within county the goal would be reached.

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