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Supervisors to decide on scanning project for recorder’s office

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT

If last week’s meeting was any indication, all signs point to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors approving a $41,000 scanning project for the Jasper County Recorder’s Office at Tuesday’s meeting.

In total, 246,000 real estate records and 5,000 subdivision and survey plats, which are currently enclosed in more than 234 binders, would be scanned. These records date from 1988 to mid-1999.

Nancy Parrott, county recorder, previously said this project would help clear space in her office’s vault, enable citizens to access the records online at the Iowa Land Record website and providing an alternate to the antiquated microfilm system her office currently employs.

She also highlighted how this move would fall in line with the other steps the county has taken toward emergency preparedness.

Parrott’s office has $30,000 in its budget to fund the project and is hoping the board will provide the remaining funds.

The board tabled its decision last week to further review the contract that was presented to them by Columbus-Ohio-based Cott Systems — which would conduct the scanning and store the backup scans — after the company amended it last Monday.

Denise Allan, deputy county recorder, will present the office’s monthly report on Parrott’s behalf at the meeting. According to the agenda, the office collected $17,936.73 in July.

In other business, Paul Bleeker, co-owner of the Capitol II Theatre, will ask the board’s permission to use a portion of the courthouse lawn for a public tailgate of the Iowa State and University of Iowa football game on Sept. 13.

Contact Senior Staff Writer Ty Rushing at (641) 792-3121 ext. 6532 or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.