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Supervisors Approve Drainage Proposal

September 3, 2014
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

A request to run a private tile into a joint drainage district received the blessing of the Palo Alto County Supervisors during the board's Aug. 26 meeting. The request will now be forwarded to the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors for final approval as a joint trustee of the district.

George Bierstedt, along with Nathan Struecker, who farm in Section 13 of Independence Township, appeared before the board to make the request. Bierstedt requested permission to outlet a private tile he wants to install in the Lateral B Open Ditch watershed to the Main Open Ditch of Joint Drainage District Palo Alto-Kossuth #1.

According to Bierstedt, he plans to install roughly 7,000 feet of 24-inch private tile across his land and then through lands owned by Tom Struecker, represented by his son Nathan, so that the tile could outlet directly into the Main Open Ditch.

"I guess I think this is a no-brainer," offered Supervisor Ron Graettinger. "If it's going to help George get better drainage and help the Lateral, I see no reason not to approve his request."

"Putting this tile in would actually relieve some of the pressure on Lateral B," Nathan Struecker told the supervisors. "My father has no objection to this plan as the adjacent landowner."

With no further discussion, a motion to allow Bierstedt to proceed was made by the board. County Auditor Carmen Moser advised the board that Kossuth County would second the motion to finalize the request.

In other drainage-related matters, Drainage Engineer Rick Hopper briefed the board on Drainage District 64 in sections 29-30-31 and 32 of Vernon Township. Earlier this year, Tim Wikert had approached the board on replacing some county tile in the district, citing poor drainage by the system.

"The existing DD64 tile is way, way undersized," Hopper said. "This district covers around 1,600 acres and it's my thought to have an informal hearing for those landowners to discuss some options. Right now, there's less than an eighth of an inch drainage coefficient in some areas out there."

According to Hopper, an option to replace the existing tile with tile to provide a half-inch drainage coefficient would cost around $660 an acre, or $1,060,000, while an option for a one-inch drainage coefficient would cost around $734 an acre, or $1,174,000.

The board agreed with the suggestion and set 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the boardroom as the time and place for an informal hearing on DD64.

Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz presented the board with applications for underground utility permits for Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Ayrshire to bury fiber-optic cable in Sections 27, 24, 26, 35, 25 and 36 in Silver Lake Township and Section 4, 3, 2, 1, 11, 10 and 12 of Booth Townships. The permit was approved on a unanimous vote. Fantz also reported that while the final report of damages to county facilities from the June rains was not completed, initial assessments by Gary Atherton of Boulton-Menk showed that damages to Drainage District 175 along were possibly in the range of a half-million dollars, but final paperwork was not yet completed.

And in a final item of business, the board approved letters of support for the National Career Readiness Certification program and



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