March 9, 2018
The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session at 11:00 a.m. at the Conference Room of the Benton County Law Enforcement Center with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. Primmer called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.
The purpose of this meeting was to host a press conference to inform the public about Benton County implementing enhanced courthouse security measures. Chairman of the security committee Sheriff Tippett gave a brief overview of what is to be expected effective Monday, April 2, 2018, the entry to and from the courthouse will be used through the west door only. Upon entry of that door, security officers will conduct a routine security check. Benton County wants the public aware that the decision was made after several months of study by numerous county officials taking into account by recent orders of the Iowa Supreme Court along with numerous grand juries over the past number of years.
There was time allowed for questions from news media and members of the public to ask the county facility committee. After acknowledging that Benton County is among one of the first rural Iowa counties to adopt such measurers, Supervisor Primmer stated that one of the main necessary reasons was that we want to be able to keep the judicial system in our county. The County Attorney mentioned that this courthouse is a historic building and this will not affect the looks of the building, but these steps are necessary for making it a safe environment for the public and county employees. Thompson felt new things can be difficult but he feels the public will understand.
Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried.
Rick Primmer, Chairman
Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor