OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Board of Supervisors is expected to take up three change authorization requests regarding the renovations of the courthouse elevator as part of the installation of the building's new fire sprinkler system during today's meeting at the courthouse.

The elevator is more than 40 years old and is out of compliance when it comes to fire safety protocol.

Under one of the requests, the county plans to provide new air conditioning equipment in a storage room next to a fourth-floor courtroom. It also includes connecting existing sprinklers to a modified dry pipe system, and providing a 3-feet by 4-feet access panel to the fifth floor to get to the limited access attic space. As a separate project, the county will demolish the existing mechanical space above the fourth-floor courtroom.

Another of the change requests involves providing a 1-inch tap close to the elevator machinery room so that sprinklers may be installed in a future project.

The county also is expected to contribute $7,125 to the AHEAD Trust Fund, which will be used to create and preserve affordable housing for low- to- moderate-income families.

The county is expected to approve $5,369 to cover its financial operating costs for the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, and will contribute $2,649 to the Regional Planning Affiliation to serve a local match for road improvements.

The auditor's office will disclose their its fees collected for the first and second quarter of fiscal year 2021, and the sheriff's office will give its second quarter financial report from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

Also, the supervisors are expected to accept the resignation of Marcia Weeks from the county veterans affairs commission.

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the third-floor courtroom, but will also be streamed live on the supervisors' YouTube page.

— Chad Drury can be reached at, and on Twitter @ChadDrury


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