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GARNER | Hancock County may have a big bill to front if its buildings aren’t in compliance with state and federal laws.

On Monday, Nov. 26, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, of West Des Moines, for $3,500 to inspect the county’s secondary roads buildings.

“What they do is they do kind of a mock audit, an (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) audit,” said Adam Clemons, Hancock County engineer. “Essentially, they come in and go around to each of the buildings, look for things like OSHA would and give us feedback.”

Clemons presented the item to the county board after a conversation with County Attorney Blake Norman about whether his department had ever done a safety audit of its nine buildings.

“I’m a big believer in safety. I used to have an OSHA card, so you know it’s one of those things I personally feel would be nice to do,” Norman said, noting it’s done without the employees being notified in advance.

Clemons said after the audit is completed, the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council will present its results to the county, including violations of code and recommendations to mediate them.

“In the long-run, it could save thousands of dollars (in fines),” he said.

Norman said Iowa-Illinois Safety Council will also inform the county about the conditions of its buildings.

“They are what they are and they can tell us if there are any concerns about that,” he said.

Earlier this year, the supervisors discussed building new county sheds in Britt and Garner, but ultimately, tabled it because of their hefty price tags, which ranged from $2 million to $5 million, and the sale of the former Duncan Heights property.

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