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Palo Alto County Supervisors Set Bid Letting for Drainage District 28

December 2, 2019
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

by Anesa McGregor

A conference call was held during the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 26. the call included don Etler, Engineer; Bob Goodwin, Attorney; Kale VanBruggen, Attorney; and Don Gardner.

Landowner by telephone and in attending in person were Wade Lundgren, Stewart Ortman, and Kent Kibruz.

The on going struggle in Drainage District 28 is finally over.

Attorney Bob Goodwin began discussions by explaining, "Throughout the processs an action was filed in court and the process had put a hold on the project until some items could be cleared up."

"What about this email from the NRCS?" Supervisor Chairman Craig Merrill asked.

"They don't dare change their mind now after putting their decision into an email," Goodwin said. "This would really start something if they did that."

What can be done for drainage in DD 28 is that currently nothing will be done to the north part of the district.

As long as the tile size is reduced to 12 inches, landowners will be allowed to tile toward the northeast to drain off standing water.

"Fist thing the engineer did was to file an amended report stating the upper main tile work is being omitted.," Don Etler, Engineer from Bolton and Menk out of Spencer said.

"This leaves the 12 inch tile that will run to the northeast, Etler continued.

"Will this allow you to farm your ground?" Merrill questioned.

Both Lundgren and Ortman both acknowledged that they would be able to farm the ground once the water is drained off and Kibruz also acknowledged that he would be able to continue to farm land already farmable.

"If we can pass a resolution using the 12 inch connector and omitting the work on the upper main, how soon would the action be dropped," Goodwin asked Van Bruggen.

"As soon as I get the signed resolution and the wetland appeals information, I will go to the courthouse and drop the action," Van Bruggen stated.

With little more discussion the Board gave unanimous approval in a roll call vote.other drainage business, quotes were opened for the cleaning out of Joint Drainage District 12 with Pocahontas and the contract was awarded.

Quotes received were as followed:

1) Abel Drainage of Greenville for $23,500;

2) Marlan's of Dickens for $14,925; and

3) King Excavating of Cylinder for $14,100.

All figures were checked and with the engineer's estimate at $17,400, the contract was awarded to King Excavating of Cylinder.

Unanimous approval was given by Supervisors from Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties.

Engineer Rick Hopper from Jacobson Westergard of Estherville presented the engineer's report and an appraiser's report for Drainage District 23.

The report calls for acquiring the existing right-of-way over existing private tile making it an extension of Lateral 19 tile.

The was little discussion and in a unanimous vote, the Supervisors accepted the engineer's report and the appraiser's report.

A hearing date was set for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board room in the basement of the courthouse.

Hopper next submitted an annexation report for DD 23.

This report calls for the annexation of 100 acres of land that is not in the watershed but should be.

There was some discussion regarding annexation. The vote was unanimous to accept the engineer's annexation report.

An annexation hearing was set for Tuesday, January 7 at 10 a.m. in the Board room in the basement of the courthouse.

The final drainage discussion was over Drainage District 61 Lateral B Tile.

Hopper presented the reclassification report for DD 61 and asked that the Supervisors accept it and set a hearing date.

There was further discussion regarding the reclassification.

The Supervisors unanimously accepted the reclassification report and set a hearing date for January 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. this hearing will be held at the Election Center.

The Supervisors considered a cigarette permit for Lakeland E-Z Stoppe effective November 20 as well as a beer sales and Sunday Sales permit also effective November 20.

Unanimous approval was given.

Palo Alto County Treasurer Robin Jamison discussed the abatement of back taxes in the amount $5,444 in the name of Jerry and Mary Sayler on a trailer home.

This trailer sat in a trailer park that was located to the west of North Star.

Sayler conttacted jamison and also sent a comment on the tax paper stating that he has not owned this trailer house for at least 10 years.

Unanimous approval was given to abate taxes on this property.

Kent Malm Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Commissioner filed his report that will be sent to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

According to Malm's report, there are four noxious weeds that are a problem in Palo Alto County. Those weeds are Canada Thistles, Poison Hemlock, Wild Parsnip, and Giant Ragweed.

Compared to last year's list, Musk Thistle is found in the county but is no longer a problem.

This year the county spend $9,340 compared to $12, 564 last year. This is a savings of $3,204 for the county

Matt Horihan requested money for next year to help meet the demands of the Center Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA).



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