Supervisors’ regular meeting to be held online

Lt. Justin Kingrey and Sheriff Jason Sandholdt (foreground) discuss the 2020-21 budget with the Board of Supervisors; Mark Raymie, Kisha Jahner and Steve McCombs. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The Marion County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session on Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m., but in an irregular way.

According to the rules of Iowa Code 21.8, which allows elected bodies to meet electronically if valid concerns exist that an in-person meeting would be impossible or impractical, the board will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom. The link to participate is here. The meeting ID is 232 995 427 and the password is 068510.

All participants will be muted upon entering the meeting. Participants are asked to use the chat feature to let the meeting controller know that they would like to address the Board, either during the open comments segment or if they are attending the meeting to address the Board for a specific agenda item.

On the board’s agenda is the public hearing regarding the County’s plan to assist the City of Pella with the Prairie Ridge housing initiative. The County plans to establish an urban renewal area for the land where the homes will be built. An urban renewal area must be established before any tax-increment financing can be authorized.

An evaluation of Carla Eysink, Marion County Development Commission Executive Director, is on the agenda, as well as the liquor license for Grape Escape Winery. Determining wage levels for department heads, as of July 1, is also on the agenda. We don’t have the figures at this time.