• Roger Sims

County attorney asks to keep diversion payments for his office

Updated: Aug 4

MOUND CITY – On Monday, July 25, Linn County Attorney Burton Harding proposed setting up a fund for using diversion funds for use by the county attorney’s office.

Harding explained that the county attorney’s office received $100 for every diversion that they set up, and currently the money is going into the county’s general fund. He said that the amount was around $5,000 a year.

County Counselor Gary Thompson pointed out that this was a way for the counselor’s office to control its budget that would not cost the taxpayers when equipment was purchased by that office. Thompson said that most counties handled the diversion money the way that Harding was proposing.

Harding had to leave to go to court and the commissioners agreed to consider the plan.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Learned that the bid for the demolition of the jail had not yet been completed. Thompson said that he did not want to get it out too soon before the Sheriff’s office moved out but would bring it next week.

• Learned from Commissioner Danny McCullough that he had not talked recently with maintenance director Rick Castle about the bids that had come in for the Pleasanton Senior Center.

• Learned from Thompson that the county’s Justice Center building had not yet received the written certificate of occupancy from the state fire marshal’s office. He said that last Tuesday they had been given a verbal approval, but then a fan went out and the fire marshal said he was not going to send the written approval until the fan is replaced.

• Approved reduced dumping fees for a property owned by the City of La Cygne at 602 N. Fifth Street.

• Approved the Commission Chair Jim Johnson signing the Audit Contract and the Client Representation letter from the county auditor Diehl, Banwart, Bolton CPAs.

• Discussed whether a contractor had looked at the district court building to give ideas on changes. McCullough said that he would have a contractor come in when Lamb and other department heads had time to walk through.

• Approved publishing the budget hearing for August 8 at 11 a.m.

• Agreed that a proposal for placing a memorial for first responders who died in line of duty deaths on the courthouse ground was a good idea. They will wait for more information from Linn County Fire Board Chief Eddie Andersen.

• Approved offering left over furniture and equipment to other county offices and then declaring the remainder as surplus, giving Public Works Director Shaun West permission to dispose of as necessary.

• Agreed to allow West to seek bids for maintainer and truck tires.

• Approved the purchase of 4,000 gallons of fuel for the airport tank at a cost of nearly $23,000. The fuel will be sold for $6.25 per gallon.

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