The rainfalls of late, the resulting high waters and related issues were a topic of discussion at the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their meeting on Tuesday, June 24. Residents from three areas of the counties shared their concerns with the supervisors, who also act as trustees of the county's drainage districts.
Cylinder Mayor Arnold Heng along with Dave Pettit expressed concerns about the water that collects in the ditches at the cement plant.
"When the cement plant was put in place, it was agreed that the ditch was to drain so the water would go back to the creek from Highway 18, where it was graded. The water drains to the north and nothing has ever been done," said Pettit.
Heng pointed out the culverts in the area of the cement plant was full of silt.
Pettit also pointed out that on 280th Street, east of Highway 18, there is a driveway that needs a culvert.
James Schmidt of Ayrshire also attended the supervisors meeting and spoke about the problems with water draining in the area of the Quick Shop and the difficulty they are having locating the culvert that maps indicate are in the area.
In both situations, the supervisors asked county engineer Joel Fantz to investigate the matters.
Emmetsburg residents Lynn James, Sharon Alderson and Mike Hermansen along with John Bird, representing the city of Emmetsburg spoke about the flooding that has occurred in the area of North Grand in Emmetsburg. The land in question is part of Drainage District 180.
In summing up the situation, Bird said the residents in the area have a problem and the city of Emmetsburg has done all it can do.
"We don't have the authority of make improvements to the drainage district."
Fantz refreshed the board on the history of this issue with regards to a full report that was completed in 2006 or 2007. According to Fantz, the landowners opposed the proposed improvement to the drainage district and the supervisors did not move forward with the project.
As a result of the conversation, the landowners were informed of the process to petition for an improvement to the district.
In other drainage district matters, the supervisors approved a request by land owner Tim Murphy to replace 450 feet of Lateral A, a 10 inch tile with non-perforated 12 inch tile as part of a wetland restoration project in Drainage District 92 which is located in SE Walnut Township, Section 20.