County to Pay For Courthouse Cameras

County supervisors Mark Groenendyk, Steve Wanders and Steve Parker discuss issues with emergency management coordinator Jayme Robinson and sheriff Russ VanRenterghem.

Mahaska County will utilize a 40 percent portion of the income from the county jail to pay for the cameras involved in the courthouse security upgrade. That cost is estimated to be just over $40,000.

Supervisors met with Mahaska Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem about the cost share as part of the bi-monthly meeting of the supervisors. Under State Code counties may collect funds from the intake of inmates at the jail. The split is 60 percent to the jail and 40 percent to the county. VanRenterghem said his department, by Iowa Code, controls the fund, but the split is 60 percent to the sheriff for jail expenses and 40 percent for county use for security. The funds are limited on projects each entity may utilize.

“Our 40 percent is basically used for courthouse security,” Supervisor chairman Mark Groenendyk said. “Other than that, the supervisors wouldn’t have any other use for it.”

Groenendyk recommended taking the $40,000 out of the supervisors’ share.

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