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Supervisors Accept Drainage Information

Hearing Dates Set For June

May 16, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

During the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 9, drainage information was presented regarding repairs, annexations and reclassification by both the Palo Alto County Engineer and a drainage engineer.

Walter Davis-Oeth presented the Board with two bids received on the repair work needed on DD 98 Sub 1, which had been started last fall but halted due to weather.

Abel Drainage and Excavating from Greenville submitted prices of $195 per hour for a longstick with operator, $195 site mobilization and $165 per hour for a bulldozer for a total estimate of $10,680.

Michaelson Inc from Armstrong also submitted prices of $160 per hour for a longstick with operator, $250 site mobilization and $165 per hour for a bulldozer. Davis-Oeth figured a total estimate, using similar hours, of about $1,500 lower.

Unanimous approval was given for Michaelson Inc. to complete repairs on DD 98 Sub 1.

"I would also like your approval for a right of way (ROW) acquisition services contract with Jacobson Westergard of Estherville, " Davis-Oeth requested. "They gave an estimate of $1,700 per hour. This is along the N26/B25 corridor north of Ruthven and west of Graettinger."

"They will assist with any acquisition, survey work and legal descriptions if we need them," Davis Oeth continued. "There are a few areas along these two roads that may be difficult."

Unanimous approval for the contract with Jacobson-Westergard Jacobson to assist with ROW acquisitions along N26 and B25.

In other drainage business, the Supervisors accepted the Annexation Report for Drainage District 48 Laterals 3, 3A and 3B, filed by Rick Hopper, Drainage Engineer from Jacobson-Westergard of Estherville. The annexation hearing has been set for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June27 at the Courthouse Boardroom.

Hopper also Re-file DD 48 Reclassification Report and a hearing has been set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June27 in the Courthouse Boardroom.

Hopper also filed the Annexation Report for Drainage District 7 Main Open Ditch and Lateral 2, which was accepted by the Supervisors. A hearing is set for 9:00 a.m. A reclassification hearing will follow this for DD 7 Main Open Ditch and Lateral 2 at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27 in the Courthouse Boardroom

Approval was given to hire Chris Amdahl effective May 24 at a rate of $11.00 per hour for the IRVM Department for the summer.

In final business, Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, who is also an Emergency Management Association Board Member discussed withdrawing the county from the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. According to Schultes, this plan has nothing to do with any FEMA money during a disaster. The Plan is for mitigation pertaining to the prevention of loss of life.

"When the county joined, the fee could be paid with in-kind hours from people who had given their time and services instead of money," Schultes explained. "We can no longer pay the dues this way and by withdrawing we can save the county about $7,000, which can be used elsewhere."

With little debate, the unanimous decision was made to withdraw from the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 
 
 

 

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