Osceola BOC approves funds for new entrance

November 8, 2018

By John Raffel

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, at a Tuesday meeting, voted to approve the entrance addition project for the main courthouse with an allocation of up to $10,000 for the project.

The county coordinator will be authorized to issue applicable purchase orders.

“Our building and grounds and health and human services committee has been working for the last one to two years on courthouse security,” board chairman Larry Emig said. “It’s been an ongoing thing. The plan they’re drawing up and our own maintenance folks figure it’s a project they can probably do and the initial request for the funds to get started on that project.”

At what will be the new main entrance, “it will have a handicap ramp and a way to eventually have (courthouse visitors) screened and have detectors the public will go through.”

The board approved the contractor for services with J.E. Tiffany & Sons LLC to do the Part 307 and Part 315 inspections in the amount of $1,195 and to hire Bill Sikkema, county surveyor for $200 to set the required benchmark for a total cost of $1,395 for the projects.

The board approved several budget amendments and had a hearing on the budget, which will be approved at the next meeting. The proposed 2019 budget is on the website.

The board approved the consent for Access to property agreement allowing a Phase I and Phase II study for property located at 214 North Chestnut Street, Reed City.

The board also allowed outgoing MSU extension agent Jerry Lindquist, who has retired, to purchase two old computers he used while working at the county building.

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