No decision was made on where to house a county administration building during tonight’s (April 29) joint meeting between the Board of Supervisors, City of Adel and Adel-De Soto-Minburn School Board.
The meeting was facilitated after Supervisor Kim Chapman proposed a scenario on April 16 where the old A-D-M Middle School grounds could be used to house a county administration building. Then on April 20, Superintendent Greg Dufoe reached out to the Supervisors to hold a joint meeting.
Dufoe expressed his interest in pursuing the idea; however, the timeframe is too soon, he said.
"A timeframe of tomorrow or May 7 is too soon for us to collaborate with the City," Dufoe said.
Adel Mayor Jim Peters agreed and added, "If you (the Supervisors) have a real interest in utilizing the site and for us to reach an agreement to present a ‘shovel-ready’ location, we can’t do that in one week. Plus the school is in the middle of a space needs study so they may utilize the building."
A space needs study is currently underway and tentatively is set to be completed by June 30.
"There’s still so many options for us, and we aren’t close to narrowing it down," Dufoe said. "Any tightening of that time frame would be hard to reach. There’s a possibility of having the study done before June, but it could also go faster or slower than that…I really don’t know for sure."
City councilman Dale Swanson’s main concern was an August bond referendum and asked the Supervisors if that date was "set in stone."
"If it’s cast in stone, it sounds like we are done," Swanson said.
Although there was no direct answer from the Supervisors, they did add that time is of the essence.
"Our timeline has been August," Superintendent Brad Golightly stated. "Now is the time to move forward."
Jerry Purdy with Design Alliance, Inc., a Waukee-based design firm assessing the county’s space needs, emphasized that the time is of the essence.
"We are finding that construction dollars have bottomed out and are moving up," Purdy said. "Time is always of the essence because it does make a difference (in reference to a construction timetable)."
Swanson countered saying," We are asking you to delay your decision for 90 days. If the timelines aren’t matching up, why are we beating this dead horse?"
School Board President Tim Canney ended the hour-long discussion by stating the process was in the Supervisors’ hands.
"It’s really in your hands," he said. "If a date is pushed back we will do our due diligence and try to push things (the study) to move faster on our end."