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Tama, Benton counties forge agreement to collect court fines which are unpaid

August 30, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren met with the Board of Supervisors on Monday, Aug. 25, to discuss an agreement with Benton County for delinquent court debt collections. Heeren said Benton and Tama County have elected to participate in the collection of delinquent court obligations on the county level. According to the 2013 Census, the population of Benton County is 25,599 and the population of Tama County is 17,576.

Under a 28E agreement, an annual delinquent collection threshold of f$50,000 would apply to the combined collections of the counties, according to Iowa Code. By combining their efforts under a 28E Agreement, Benton and Tama County hope to meet the required $50,000 threshold in a more timely manner.

Benton County Attorney Dave Thompson and Heeren have discussed entering into for the collection of delinquent court debt collections and have determined it would be in the best interest of both counties to do so.

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Brent Heeren
Tama County Attorney

Upon the recommendation, supervisors approved the joint effort.

Manatt's Paving Bid Accepted

Tama County Engineer, Lyle Brehm, opened bids on a paving project in Buckingham.

Bids were from Cunningham Construction for $153,898. for asphalt: D & F Construction for $150,030, Hasbro for $157,741.32 and Manatts for $145,231, these three for concrete.

The low bid of Manatt's, Brooklyn, Iowa, was approved.

A representative from Manatt's told supervisors and the county engineer they could start work as early as next week, weather cooperating.

Supervisor Larry Vest asked how long it would be necessary to keep traffic off the road after the work was done, and was told seven days for the cement to cure.


Courthouse Space

Angie Schreck was present to request use of one room in the courthouse. Schreck is with ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support).

Their mission is to address the roots and impact of domestic and sexual violence through services that enhance safety, empower survivors, and promote understanding and social justice in a community.

Access offers multiple programs to achieve their mission.

Supervisors approved the use of a meeting room adjacent to the Clerk of Court's Offices for use on Thursdays beginning Oct. 1.

ACCESS welcomes community members, students and professionals to help in serving and supporting victims. A 32-hour Victim Advocate volunteer training is designed to prepare you to understand the dynamics of victimization, methods of crisis intervention, and empower in ways to help victims plan for safety Volunteers can take on a variety of roles after training including crisis Line advocate, medical response advocate, legal advocate and shelter advocate.

Volunteers are needed for special events, administrative support, collecting and organizing donations and other tasks.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, you can contact ACCESS's Volunteer Coordinator at 5515-292-0500 or

Next weeks meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, due to Labor Day being on Monday.

Claims for the past week came totaled $92,321.



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