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New Grader To Be Purchased

August 1, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth was on hand to present the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors bids on the purchase of a new road grader as well as discussing bridge deck overlay plans during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 25.

"We knew that a new grader was necessary and so I included it in my budget for this year," Davis-Oeth began. I talked with Zeigler CAT of Jackson, MN and Murphy Tractor (John Deere dealer) of Fort Dodge."

Zeigler CAT submitted a bid of $322,520 with a trade in value on an old John Deere grader of $26,000

Murphy Tractor submited a bid of $320,900 with a trade in value on an old John Deer grader of $20,000

"It is my understanding that in 2004, the County purchased five new John Deer road graders and within the first year one needed approximately $60,000 in repairs and another needed $90,000 in repairs," Davis-Oeth stated. "The County also bought two Caterpillar road graders and in the same time frame spent approximately $35,000 total on repairs."

"Each has a five year warranty included in the price," Davis-Oeth continued. "With all the problems the County had with the John Deere graders, I am recommending that we purchase a Caterpillar grader. Also, CAT is the machine I prefer."

With some further discussion, a motion was made to purchase the John Deere road grader with four Supervisors voting for and one against. Supervisor Craig Merrill was the nay vote.

A new bridge overlay on bridge S.L 87, which is slightly over one mile east of Ayrshire. The bridge deck has substantial damage requiring the repair. Bid letting will tentatively be August 22 with a completion date this fall.

"Do you have any idea how long the work would take?' Merrill asked.

"I have no set time but I believe it should be a relative short time," Davis-Oeth replied.

Unanimous approval was given.

Davis-Oeth also presented bids from four contractors for the drainage repairs on Drainage District 923 Lateral 2 and Main Open Ditch. Submitting bids were L.A Carlson Contracting of Merrill, King Excavation of Cylinder, Abel Drainage of Greenville and Valley Construction of Estherville.

Abel Drainage: Machine with operator: $185; Site Mobilization: $195; Minor mobilization: $120; Equipment hourly rate:?$165; Labor: --.

Valley Contracting: Machine with operator: $150; Site mobilization: $200; Minor mobilization: $100; Equipment hourly rate: $135; Labor:?$45.

King Excavation: Machine with operator: $125; Site mobilization: $500; Minor mobilization: $250; Equipment hourly rate: $80; Labor: $30.

LA Carlson: Machine with operator: $174; Site mobilization:?$1000; Minor mobilization: $450; Equipment hourly rate: $159; Labor: $45.

With little discussion, King Excavation was unanimously awarded the contract for repairs on DD 923 Lateral 2 and Main Open Ditch.

Unanimous approval was given for the following utility permits: Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative for an overhead electrical line in Walnut Township, Sections 24 & 25 and to MidAmerican Energy for an overhead electrical line in Walnut Township, Section 18.

Clint Young met with the Board and presented them with a petition signed by landowners requesting the hard surfacing of 350th Street three quarters of a mile to CY-HAWK Avenue. Young requested that the County Engineer take a look at the road to see if more white rock is needed and to possibly have a grader come down the road more than once a week until it is decided if hard surfacing will be done or not.

Marty Elbert met with the Board to discuss drainage concerns in Drainage District 171 Section 33 in Nevada Township.

"I talked with Jim Vaughan regarding the ditch that runs through his pasture," Elbert said. "He is not aware that is was ever a private ditch. I check the silt on both side of the culvert. One side has 15 inches and the other has one inch. There is also a large cottonwood tree that fell across the creek. Combined these are all issues."

"Have you talked to other neighbors?" Supervisor Linus Solberg questioned.

"No I haven't because the other landowners are on higher ground," Elbert replied.

With some further discussion, Supervisor Chairman Keith Wirtz will call Drainage Attorney Jim Hudson with questions on how far a drainage district can go past the bulkhead.

In other business, Palo Alto County Assessor Lois Naig presented the Board with Homestead, Military and Business Property Tax Credit Application for approval. Unanimous approval was given.

The issue of what to do with the white bank building was visited by the Board. Several suggestions were made and Wirtz will talk with the St. Pat's Association.

In final business, unanimous approval was given to cancel the bid letting for Drainage District 19 that was scheduled for August 8 and bid letting will be rescheduled at a later date. A completion hearing for Drainage District 61 FEMA repairs was set for August 22 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse Boardroom.



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