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The Scott County Board of Supervisors reviewed an architect’s plans for the former Scott County Sheriff’s patrol division headquarters during Tuesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Dan Rice of Walker Coen Lorentzen discussed the proposed design process for the project at 4715 Tremont Ave. Rice said 4,000 square feet of the 40,000 square foot building will be remodeled to accommodate setup, testing and storage of new election equipment that the county purchased last year. Updated electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, energy efficient LED lighting, and access control for closed circuit security cameras will be installed in the south bays of the old jail annex, Rice explained.

Tammy Speidel, county Director of Facility and Support Services, said existing walls in the former sheriff patrol space will be taken down and the space gutted to prepare for future use as possible multi-functional meeting and training space. A public hearing on the Tremont Renovation Project will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday during the supervisors’ regular board meeting.

In other business, supervisors heard an update from Mental Health Regional CEO Lori Elam on the five-county region she oversees. Elam reported 2,300 people in Scott, Muscatine, Clinton, Jackson and Cedar counties accessed mental health services from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, under the region’s $3.5 million fiscal year 2017 budget. Elam told supervisors an agreement with the state of Illinois that became effective Jan. 1 allows for the admission of adult patients to facilities in Rock Island County when all beds are full in Scott County.

Supervisors will vote Thursday to support the addition of a part-time maternal health nurse for the Health Department. If approved, the grant-funded position through the Iowa Department of Public Health would continue until September 30, 2020. The board appointment of a deputy medical examiner to complete an unexpired two-year term will also be included on Thursday’s agenda. Dr. Richard Blunk would serve through Dec. 31, 2018.

Auditor Roxanna Moritz commented on the supervisors’ decision during the Jan. 11 regular meeting to amend minutes from the Jan. 9 committee of the whole meeting.

Supervisors voted 3-2 to delete from the official minutes remarks Moritz made opposing the county employee card purchasing program. Supervisors Carol Earnhardt, Ken Beck and Board Chair Tony Knobbe supported the motion amending the minutes. The card purchasing program allows for employee purchases on credit as authorized by department heads and pre-approved through the county budget.

Earnhardt cited lack of precedence for including comments of this nature in board meeting minutes.

“I was disappointed the board chose to remove my comments,” Moritz said. The auditor acknowledged the responsibility of her office to keep accurate records. “I will start keeping records and minutes and publishing them, including the comments,” Moritz told supervisors.

Knobbe asked that minutes not be published until approved by supervisors. Moritz said unofficial minutes may be published prior to board approval. Knobbe directed staff to review the policy.

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