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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission heard an update on work which could be done at the Marion County Jail and reviewed fund balances during their meeting Monday morning.
Marty Meyer with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates was present at Monday’s meeting to report he had been up on the jail roof to gather information.
He said he needed additional information yet before he can do that including a year’s worth of utility bills, both electric and gas.
According to Meyer after gathering all information, he will present information to the commissioners so they can decide what course of action they want to take.
“We’ll recommend a course of action for both a one time cost and also if you prefer to break it down,” he said, adding new, more efficient equipment often helps offset the cost of the equipment with the savings in electricity and/or gas.
“I want to get you to the point where you can be proactive, rather than react when things happen,” Meyer added.
Meyer, who also gave the commissioners a run-down on different types of roofing materials, noted that no matter if it’s new or the older equipment, the county will still need to budget for maintenance costs.
In other business, the commissioners reviewed the final fund balances for 2021 as well as the monthly report.
“We ended the year in really good shape,” said County Clerk Valerie Dornberger.
General Revenue ended the year at $3,269,409.89, compared to $1,480,307.06 in 2020, which was higher than the 2019 ending balance of $1,061,941.17.
General Revenue stands at $2,552,728.07, while Road and Bridge is at $716,681.82.
As of Dec. 31, 2021, the county’s General Revenue Emergency Fund is at $1,290,672.81.