The Board of Supervisors addressed the old Adel-De Soto-Minburn middle school as an possible option to house county administration services on Tuesday.
Supervisor Kim Chapman stated he met recently with the City of Adel to discuss possible demolition of the old middle school site and building a new structure on the property, leaving the gymnasium standing.
"We had previously looked at the old middle school as a possible renovation project and determined that wasn’t a feasible option," Chapman said. "But we didn’t talk about demolishing the building and building a new facility. In my opinion, I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t another opportunity to build downtown."
However, neither the city nor the county owns the property and would be the decision of the school district.
According to Adel council member Shirley McAdon the school is in the process of discussing their next steps.
"The next meeting is April 25 so that should give us an idea if that location could be available," she said. "It’s been three years since the building has been decommissioned. The school district needs to make a decision if they want to keep the decommissioned building or tear it down."
Chair Mark Hanson added that an older school like the middle school could have asbestos which would be costly to remove.
However, City Administrator Brett Klein said a phase one and two environmental assessment was completed and there are no contamenents.
The city also discussed moving back a special bond referendum date from August to November.
Jerry Purdy with Design Alliance, a Waukee-based firm in charge of site design, said by issuing an August vote date could get the ball
"We can get a portion of the project going including site grading, site demolition and the process of creating construction documents," he said.
McAdon asked Purdy if three months would delay the project significantly and he responded it would.
"By allowing us to get started with a vote and answer in August it gives us time to get construction in the Spring," he said. "It does make a difference."
Operations Administrator Connie Kinnard added by waiting another three months could affect some county offices day-to-day functions.
"We do have immediate space needs," she said. "I do believe that not for-stalling this is important." McAdon responded saying the city is not asking for more than three months but does recongize the needs of the county.
City Councilman Jon McAvoy echoed McAdon’s statement saying, "We would love to have a bond issue go through on the first vote, but I don’t want this issue to fail. We are just trying to provide an alternative to the site east of Adel that would be more shovel-ready."
The board made no definitive decision on site selection at the meeting but agreed to have a decision made by the end of the month.
Approved the county weed commissioner to order a program of weed control;
Passed approval of replacing the Johnson Creek drainage structure beneath R22/Ute Ave. with a City Bridge construction grant administered by the City of Waukee; and
Authorized a guardrail grant which will allow for eight guardrails to be placed around country bridges.