Changes Made In Courthouse Plans
The Marshall County Commission discussed changes in its plans for a new Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center that included a decision to not demolish the old courthouse at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
HKG Architects of Aberdeen made some changes on the original $3.1 million plan presented at recent public meetings in response to public input. The price tag of the revised structure would be $11.9 million. A total of $250,000 had been previously budgeted for removal of the old courthouse.
Revised plans call for less square footage, a smaller jail space, some of the rooms will be moved to a basement level, and a slanted roof will be used. There would still be a second story that would include the courtroom.
All of the current county offices would be located in the new building. Hopes are that some other use can be found for the old courthouse.
Corrine Zorn of Britton was present at the meeting with a list of 118 county residents protesting the removal of the Marshall County Courthouse. Eleven residents attended the meeting to give input on the courthouse issue.
Complete plans and drawings of the new proposed structure will be published in next week’s Journal. The public is also invited to provide input at the next meeting of the commission on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.
In other action, a building permit was approved for construction of a new building by Green Iron Equipment. Other building permits were approved for Greg Jensen, Cory Schmieg, Mel Zacher, Brett Buchheim, Paul Urevig, and Kirk and Randall Moeckly. A variance of six feet and 16 feet from the high water mark at Clear Lake was also approved for Kirk and Randall Moeckly.
Assistant State Attorney Victor Rapkoch informed the board that he is still working on updating the county’s zoning ordinances. The board signed its annual working agreements with Day and Roberts Counties.
The commission had fielded questions about dust control on County 4AE, and it noted that it is too expensive for the county to provide that service. However, property owners may do it on their own at their own expense if there are enough to order a full tank.
Highway Superintendent Dustin Hofland said that there has been a problem with fences too close to the road. Fences must be 33 feet from the center of the roadway.
Commissioners discussed replacement of culverts on County Road 8 near the Zion Church. The state has recommended a box culvert but due to a culvert shortage it may not be available until near Labor Day. In order to qualify for 100 percent disaster funding the culvert must be replaced within six months of the disaster which could force the county to use a regular culvert. The county is checking with the state to see if the time could be extended due to the availability issue.
Other agenda items included an agreement from the Marshall County Rail Authority to cover the electrical cost at the railroad crossing between Britton and Horton, Inc. Travel was approved for Logan Roehr June 17-21 for jailer training; Lori Greenmyer to Brookings June 17 for sales ratio and workshop; and Linda Haaland to Aberdeen June 10 for WIC Vendor Liaison Training.
The board adopted an addition to the nepotism policy that would allow hiring an immediate family member if a position had not been filled for one month. Currently an employee is not allowed to supervise an immediate family member or member of the household. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.