The solid waste contract between Palo Alto County and the City of Spencer was discussed during the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6. The Northern Plains Regional Landfill is located South of Graettinger and all cities and unincorporated areas of the county, with the exception of West Bend, use the landfill.
As part of the contract, the charge per ton will rise to $47.22 from $46.29. There will continue to be a $4.75 per ton governmentally mandated fee. The State of Iowa receives $2.10 of the fee, while $1.05 goes to the Planning Area and is used for recycling promotion and education. The Planning Area also receives $.50 for planning activities and the remaining $1.10 is used by the Planning Area for EMS activities.
The contract also allows for a two percent increase per year during the contract duration. On July 1, 2015, the rate will increase to $48.16 and then to $49.12 on July 1. 2016.
While discussing the contract with the supervisors, Joe Neary, Palo Alto Sanitarian, said, "It is very fortunate that we are working with the City of Spencer as the operator of the landfill."
The new agreement will begin July 1, 2014 and run through June 30, 2017. The supervisors approved the contract.
County Engineer Joel Fantz reported the secondary road crews are striving to catch up with graveling and grading of the county's roads. Last week's wet weather caused delays.
"We are asking people to have patience."
Fantz also informed the supervisors the bridge west of Mallard is nearing completion and work on the North-South bypass began, as scheduled, Monday, May 5.
In business pertaining to the construction project in the Rodman area, the supervisors approved a resolution setting a public hearing on the Urban Renewal Area Designation and Urban Renewal Plan and Project. The legal description of the area is 440th Street (B55) road right of way bounded on the west by 460th (State Highway 4) and on the east by 510th Ave. in Sections 26 through 35 of Township 95 North, Range 32 West of the P.M. The hearing is will be held June 10, at 10 a.m.
Dave Girres addressed the board of supervisors regarding two county bridges in the area of his hog confinement in Section 9 of Emmetburg Township. The county is targeting to replace the one of the bridges, EB20, during the 2015 construction year. That particular bridge, built in 1915, is located on a Level B road and has a 15 ton limit. Girres said he has concerns about bridge EB19 located on 340th Street. That bridge, also built in 1915, has a 24 ton load limit. He asked if the county would consider switching the priority.
"If something could be done in the next couple years, that would be great," said Girres. In response, Fantz indicated priority lists change as the county bridges go through the inspection process.