County discusses health department building plans



The Marion County Board of Commissioners met with Marion County Health Director Krista Schneider to discuss the next step in a new location for the health department. They are currently in a building owned by St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, but they need to be out of two of the offices by May since the hospital needs them for other purposes.

“There are grants available for us, but in order to apply for them, we have to have architectural plans to attach to the requests,” said Schneider.

There were some questions about this among the commissioners and it was explained that it is because it needs to all be laid out.

There was mention of getting bids from architects, but County Clerk Tina Spencer explained that this situation is different than normal.

“So you would probably do a very general request for qualifications to those architectural firms. Basically they tell you what their experience has been with those types of projects so you could get a very general scope of whether they have built a new health department or remodeled an existing one and their experience working with whatever grant programs you are looking at,” said Spencer. “Then they should submit information about their firm and their experience in that. You then choose based on the qualifications, and then you negotiate how much you are going to pay them. So it’s different than a request for bids, because we don’t know any specifications.”

Schneider said that she had reached out to a few places to see if they had experience and could reach out to more.

Schneider let the board know that Safe Kids Director Erin Hein would like to submit a $2450 application for a Safe Kids grant. The board approved it.

In other business, the board:

* attended a swearing in ceremony to swear in Commissioners Jonah Gehring, Kent Becker and David Crofoot and Sheriff Jeff Soyez. A reception was held afterward.

* voted to keep Commissioner David Mueller as Chairman and Chairman David Crofoot as Vice Chair.

* approved the county mileage rate to match the IRS standard mileage rate of 65.5 cents per mile driven for business use.

* heard opening bids for the Kanza Rd project which runs from south of Ag Service north to approximately 500 feet north of US 56.

* met in executive sessions regarding property acquisition.

* accepted a fuel bid from MFA oil.

* discussed various road and bridge projects.

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