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Reports Approved On Drainage Project

January 2, 2013
Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County's Board of Supervisors granted tentative approval to several reports on Drainage District 48 during their final meeting of 2012 on Thursday, Dec. 27. Drainage Engineer Don Etler presented three reports to the board for their consideration as the trustees of the district.

"I bring to you the tentative Right-of-way acquisition report, an annexation report and a reclassification report for district 48 in Ellington Township,"?Etler explained. "This reclassification and annexation are the first complete project that we have used the county's GIS system information to complete. It only took an afternoon, using the GIS, as opposed to spending three or four days driving the district, looking at soil maps and topographical maps to determine this information."

According to Etler, the right-of-way for the open ditch was adjusted to 100 feet, and to acquire additional right-of-way, 30 percent of market value for farmland, using an average value of $10,000 an acre, was used by the reclassification commissioners.

"In the annexation report, an additional 221 acres that had not been assessed and were found to be part of the district were annexed into the district,"?Etler noted.

In granting tentative approval to the reports, the supervisors set 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the County Election Center, as the time and place for public hearings on the Right-Of-Way, Annexation and Reclassification reports for Drainage District 48.

In other items of business, the supervisors approved a conditional use permit for a confinement operation to be located in Section nine of Independence Township for Lee Wegener. The site will contain two 50-401' buildings with deep pit manure storage.

"Planning and Zoning recommended approval of these sites, as they meet both the Master Matrix and the Good Neighbor Policy," noted Zoning Administrator Joe Neary.

The board approved the permits on a unanimous vote.

"P &?Z also talked about having an informational meeting with the big confinement companies again to remind them about the Good Neighbor Policy and what to expect,"?Neary said.

The board expressed support of such a meeting and gave Neary the OK.

"We have a policy - we're not reinventing it - we just want to remind folks what we expect," Neary said.



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