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Supervisors Make Adjustments To Drainage Tile Classification

August 14, 2012
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County Supervisors voted to make a pair of adjustments to a drainage tile classification schedule during their Aug. 8 meeting at the Palo Alto County Courthouse. An appointment was also made to fill a vacancy for a township trustee position during the meeting as well.

Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser advised the board that landowner Allen Firkins had written a letter requesting an abatement of his drainage assessment of $79.31 for a parcel of land he owned on the west side of Grand Avenue.

"If the work on DD180 had proceeded, the reclassification of the district would have taken this parcel of property out of the district," Moser noted. "Don Etler determined the parcel received no benefit from DD180 because of the city's storm sewer."

Moser noted that the situation was the same for Ron Wirtz, who also owned a parcel of land on the west side of Grand Avenue as well, with an assessment of $132.16 for his properties.

The issue arose after the Auditor's Office received correspondence from Firkins and Wirtz, landowners along south Grand in Emmetsburg, in regards to the assessment schedule for DD180 Lateral 30. Moser had contacted drainage engineer Don Etler to take a closer look at the assessment schedule for DD 180 and Lateral 30 after work had been proposed earlier this year on the district.. After Etler's review, it was determined that the objections had merit.

On a motion by Supervisor Jerry Hofstad, the board voted unanimously to abate both assessments for Firkins and Wirtz in accordance with the drainage engineer's recommendation.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to approve a nomination from Supervisor Ron Graettinger to name Monte Thompson as a trustee for Vernon Township.

The board also accepted and approved the July activity reports for the Palo Alto County Office of Veterans Affairs and the Palo Alto County Recorder's Office.



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