County progresses on projects



The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, April 15 where they heard updates from County Administrator Tina Spencer. Spencer gave several project updates beginning with the 1240 Commercial Drive remodel which now houses Road & Bridge, Planning & Zoning and Emergency Management..

“All the departments have moved in there. The phone system is not in place yet, but the calls are being forwarded to cell phones for now. So we should have those hopefully within a few weeks,” said Spencer.

She said there is a broken-down wooden fence around the property but Road & Bridge will remove it. A sign will be completed and installed in a few weeks.

“On the Health Department Project, the architect is helping us with the contract for NF Construction so we’re waiting on some details for that. But that should be ready for approval soon. And the demolition contract has been fully executed, so they’ll coordinate the beginning of the demolition since it’s the same contractor who is also doing the prep work of the site. They want to not mobilize twice,” said Spencer.

Electrical work has begun on the County Administrator’s office space.

Spencer reminded the commissioners that all county offices will be closed on Friday for active shooter training for all county employees.

Spencer has been meeting with department heads on a regular basis and will continue to in her role as County dministrator.

“When I had the department head meeting, I asked the department heads if they might be interested in having some budget training because that’s not something we’ve ever really done,” said Spencer.

Spencer said that is something that the Lloyd Group does with other counties and could do with Marion County.

“They were all very interested in that. If we’re gonna go ahead and use him for his full contract, what I would like to do would be to shift that process and have him do a session with the department heads. That’s a training session on the budget and on their particular funds and how they work,” said Spencer.

Spencer said he would come on a day that the department heads present to the board so he gets in on those conversations and then shift the rest of his time to help with discussions about how they want things set up moving forward in the future for capital projects and those kind of matters.

The board liked the idea and approved a letter of engagement with the Lloyd group. The meeting with Lloyd will be in May.

In other business, the board:

*met in executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel.

The board will meet next on Monday, April 22.

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