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Paving Project Shifts to South Bypass

July 29, 2014
by Kate Myers , Emmetsburg News

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors met in an afternoon session on Tuesday, July 22 to discuss matters of the county. The impact of the heavy rain experienced in June continues to be discussed.

County Supervisor Craig Merril updated the board on the water drainage issues in the North Grand Avenue area of Emmetsburg. It was his opinion there needs to be a short term solution devised as well as a long term answer for the situation. Merril reported he spoke with Don Etler of Bolten and Menk about the situation and about the possibility of installing a lift station to help remove water after large rain events. In the meantime, the county is investigating the possibility of tree roots in the existing tile. The board will wait for Etler's findings; the possibility of a tile under the railroad tracks was discussed.

Clayton Helgeson submitted a petition to make repairs in Drainage District 7 Lateral 2 tile, which is in Emmetsburg Township Section 17.

"The tile can't handle the water when we get heavy rains," said Helgeson.

The supervisors appointed Rick Hopper of Jacobson-Westergard as the engineer to handle the petition request.

In another drainage district matter, Jim Fehr spoke with the board of supervisors about private tile work he and Mark Fehr are proposing for Section 20 of Fern Valley Township.

Fehr asked, "If we run a private tile in section 17, can we get out of the drainage district?"

"Typically what happens in situations like this, the landowner prepares a report for the drainage district regarding the work done and the report is put in the district's records," said Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz.

Supervisor Ed Noonan told Fehr, "Any repairs done on each district, you will have to pay for, but when improvements are made, you can try to have your property's levy reduced through the reclassification process."

County engineer Joel Fantz reminded the supervisors that the concrete paving on the bypass was scheduled to move to the south end Monday, July 28.

"The plan is to get the area around POET taken care of," said Fantz.

Fantz reported, as of meeting time, 4.5 miles of pavement on the bypass project was complete.

In other road projects, the B63 bridge approach work has begun and a full detour is in place.

The supervisors approved two underground electrical crossings, one at 510th Ave. in Ellington Township, Section 34 and the other at 340th Ave (N18) in Highland Township, Section 30.

During the supervisor's discussion with CPC Maureen Sandberg, Supervisor Ron Graettinger reported that the state of Iowa still needs to figure out a plan for adults with developmental disabilities, such as autism. He also added the new mental health region, NW Iowa Connections continues to work on the process for handling several newly mandated services for the area.



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