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Completion date pushed back for DeWitt building renovations

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The expected completion date for the second phase of renovations to the former Candlelight building in DeWitt has been pushed back from December to January, the Clinton County Board of Supervisors learned this week.

Clinton County building and maintenance manager Corey Johnson told the board April 29 the project has been delayed due a death in the family of a worker at the architectural firm that is designing the project, IIW Engineer and Surveyors.

The project previously was scheduled for substantial completion Dec. 9, with the county to occupy the building by the end of month.

Johnson told the board the completion date has been moved to Jan. 17, and the occupancy date has been moved to Feb. 10.

"So they don't think we'll be in the building until Feb. 10?" supervisor Jill Davisson said.

Johnson said there will be some work to do once the project is substantially complete, including performing a final walk-through and obtaining an occupancy permit from the city of DeWitt.

Davisson asked about completion deadlines in the county's contract with IIW, and Johnson said the county had a contract for the first phase of Candlelight renovations but has not yet approved a contract for the second phase of the project.

The supervisors discussed the impacts of a February move on the treasurer, one of several county offices that will have space in the new county annex building when renovation work is complete. Johnson said treasurer Rhonda McIntyre is aware of the timeline and has no problems with it.

The board reviewed samples of exterior bricks to be installed as part of the renovations and selected the color "executive ironspot" for the upper portion and "light sandstone" for the bottom three feet.

Johnson said electrical system design needs to be reviewed before the final construction plans are complete. Plans are expected to be complete by May 13, with documents available by May 22 for a June 19 bid deadline.

Agenda set for county fair meeting

The supervisors discussed possible agenda items for its annual meeting at the Clinton County fairgrounds in DeWitt during fair week.

The board will met in the south room of the auditorium at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m., July 18.

Agenda items will include an update on Candlelight building renovations, jail planning discussion, five-year road plan and introduction of new zoning director.

Other business

In other business, the board:

•Approved a resolution for employees to participate in the YWCA exercise boot camp two times per week at the county administration building. The county will cover the cost of $30 per session.

Supervisor Jill Davisson emphasized the program is open to all county employees, including those who work outside the administration building, and she said the supervisors will consider other options in the future for staff who work at other facilities.

•Approved a new incident review form to be completed for incidents leading to potential insurance claims.

The form was revised by the risk management committee to include witness statements and information on conditions surrounding the incident, auditor Eric Van Lancker stated.

•Authorized the issuance of paychecks to Don B. Weis as a bailiff/transport officer in the sheriff's office at an hourly rate of $15.

•Approved a contract with the Army Corps of Engineers for the sheriff's office to provide law enforcement services at Bulger's Hollow campground.

•Approved a tax adjustment for $92 deemed uncollectible for a mobile home owned by Connie N. Davis, 3355 251st St., DeWitt.

•Authorized Windstream Communications to install fiber optic cable within county right-of-way along 290th Avenue in Waterford Township.

•Authorized Eastern Iowa Light and Power to replace overhead electrical power lines within county right-of-way along 210th Avenue.

•Discussed fire evacuation procedures at the administration building and courthouse.

•Discussed changes to the application form for outside groups requesting use of county facilities.

•Discussed building lost and found procedures.

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