Barnes City and Leighton contract with county for patrol services

Angie Holland/The HeraldMahaska County Supervisors Mark Groenendyk, Steve Wanders and Steve Parker discuss items on the July 15 Board of Supervisors agenda.

MAHASKA COUNTY — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors approved police protection agreements between Mahaska County and the cities of Barnes City and Leighton.

Barnes City and Leighton have both contracted for one hour per year of patrol by the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office will continue to respond to all calls. Barnes City and Leighton will each pay $42 to the county for patrol services.

The supervisors also approved a loan agreement providing for the issuance of a $355,000 Cedar Township Fire Station Note.

Supervisor Mark Groenendyk said the board approved the bond issue at the meeting on July 1; this resolution was just finalizing it.

The supervisors approved cancelation of an outstanding disbursement from 2017/2018, to the sum of $1,971.02.

County Auditor Susan Brown said the county mailed a check, and it was returned with no forwarding address.

A project agreement with NEPA Compliance Services with Land Recyclers, Inc. was approved. Groenendyk said that group would be doing ground checks at future radio tower sites.

A service agreement with Nyhart was approved

The supervisors approved a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) agreement with Carosh Compliance Solutions for fiscal year 2020.

Roger Shindell, with Carosh, said the board is getting more involved in compliance training, risk management, auditing and management programs. He said 55 percent of trainings have been completed by 91 county employees currently.

Groenendyk proposed accepting a recommendation to approve the agreement without a cybersecurity component and choose to take care of cybersecurity in-house. The cost of the agreement was $10,800.

"That's the goal of all this: to keep private information safe," he said, "keep outside entities from [breaching] our computers, causing us issues."

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