The Marshall County Council members approved a request for an additional appropriation for a fire suppression system at the Marshall County Museum.
Commissioner Kurt Garner explained that the commissioners approved a quote in September from the NoBi Corporation out of Elkhart in the amount of $5,935. Since the commissioners felt it was an immediate need, they agreed to allow the expenditure to be taken out of the building and grounds maintenance fund. Garner and Museum Archive Manager Karin Rettinger were before the council to ask for an additional appropriation to reimburse the county and for a building project.
Rettinger explained that the money comes from state funds.
“I believe those are some funds that came from the state about a year to a year-and-a-half ago as a follow-up disbursement to our building project back in pre-2010,” said Rettinger. “This is one of the ways we can use those funds and get to them now and continue doing some improvements and upgrades.”
Rettinger noted that the project will begin today as it’s an immediate need. Over half of the museum does not have fire suppression coverage.
The council did approve the request. Auditor Julie Fox said that the museum will be able to simply pay the bill when it comes due as the project has not started and payment has not been requested.