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County Supervisors Take Next Steps To Fund Road Construction Projects

June 17, 2014
by Kate Myers , Emmetsburg News

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors took the next necessary steps in funding the county's road projects during their meeting on June 10. The county is current paving the North and South Bypass and is in the beginning stages of a road construction project in the Rodman area.

The bonding process for the projects required a number of actions by the board of supervisors before the bond sale can take place.

Following a public hearing, where no one present to make comments, a resolution was passed declaring the necessity to establish an urban renewal area. Following the resolution, the supervisors approved the amendment to add additional land to the Palo Alto Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area. The land added to the area is the road right of way on 440th Street (B55) bounded on the west side by 460th Ave. (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., Palo Alto County.

During the hearing, Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser shared the financial situation of the county. The Constitutional debt limit of the County is $50, 831,230. The outstanding general obligation debt of the county is currently $12,180,000 and the proposed debt to be incurred in connection with the projects is $5,000,000.

A public hearing was also held during the meeting regarding the General Obligation Road Improvement Loan Agreement. Like the previous public hearing, no comments were made and the supervisors passed the resolution taking the action to enter into the road improvement loan agreement.

The bond sale is scheduled to occur today.

In business associated with the North and South Bypass construction, County Engineer Joel Fantz outlined the county's policy for dust control for the residents in the area. Per the contract, the contractor is required to provide dust control in the areas their equipment is causing dust and they use water.

The county also offers to split dust controls costs with the residents up to $120. The county asks the resident to stake or flag locations and then contact Lindsey or Nancy at the Engineer's office, 712-852-3001. The county will then arrange for the dust control, pay the bill and in turn, bill the resident for their portion of the cost.



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