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County attorney’s office requests bullet-proof door

County attorney-elect seeks functional renovations to office

November 28, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Emmet County-attorney elect Melanie Bauler requested from the county supervisors carpet for the attorney's office, removal of wallpaper and the customer counter, and other removations to make the office more functional. Bauler takes over Jan 1 for retiring county attorney Doug Hansen.

Bauler also requested a new secure bulletproof glass entry door with an access panel.

Bauler was accompanied at Tuesday morning's county supervisors meeting by Duane Schnell, owner of Jensen's Furniture, Kyle Schattschneider from Site Services, Inc., and Tom Egeland, county custodian.

Bauler said carpet would reduce noise between the offices in the county attorney suite. Egeland said in addition to personally finding carpet harder to clean, it may not be wise to lay the carpet over the existing tile, which contains asbestos.

Removing the tile and asbestos in the county attorney's office would cost approximately $5,928, according to Schattschneider, who removed asbestos and tile from the magistrate's office several years ago. Laying carpet over the tile would cost $3,250; to lay over bare floor $3,750.

Bauler also requested use of the hallway closet for county attorney filing only. Currently the auditor's voting machine cases and custodian supplies are also stored in that closet. Randy Colsrud offered the county climate controlled storage at no charge for items from the courthouse. Supervisor Tim Schumacher suggested the courthouse offices re-asses what is in the closets and inventory what can be discarded and what is required for retention.

Removing the counter to provide more space, taking down wallpaper and painting the office were other requests from Bauler and Michelle Howing of the county attorney's office. Howing said the county attorney's office has the budget and attorney collection program to complete the renovations.

In other business, the supervisors received a request from Donnell Doering of Elderbridge for $7,331 in financial support for 2020. This reflects $2.90 per senior citizen in Emmet County as of the 2010 census and an increase of $126.00 over the last fiscal year. Supervisor Bev Juhl said the supervisors would consider the request at budget time.

The supervisors also approved a resolution for a quitclaim deed of reversion from Emmet County to the Lilah Hovick Estate based on a deed dated in 1916. Emmet County had not used the site for gravel for many years. The estate plans to sell the two-acre parcel to the Natural Heritage Foundation, a division of the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources.

The next meeting of the Emmet County supervisors will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. in the board room of the Emmet County courthouse.



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