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Other Considerations Besides Cost

February 3, 2015
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

The Board of Supervisors has recently been meeting with the Emmet County Board of Supervisors with regard to using the Emmet County Engineer as an interim Engineer or possibly hiring the Emmet County Engineer to serve both Counties.

I would like to point out that this is not just a two way deliberation. The third party is the Emmet County Engineer. He may not be interested in serving both Counties or if so, he most certainly would expect an appropriate increase in salary and possibly an increase in staff to handle the increased work. If the intention is to reduce costs, the results may be debatable. This arrangement has been done in several instances in Iowa and some have reverted to the original configuration. There are other considerations beside the cost.

Palo Alto County has been extremely fortunate in having two grain processing plants and one stover processing plant located here. Transportation is very important to these industries and the selection of Emmetsburg may have been partly influenced by the existence of two railroads. They need these railroads to ship these products to other users.

The transportation of raw materials to these plants then depends on the road system. If you take note of the trucks that go through Emmetsburg delivering materials to these plants, and note the points of origin, it is obvious that a lot of these materials come from outside of Palo Alto County. They are using the system of State and County roads to provide the raw materials. The existence of two feed mills in the county and the subsequent delivery of feed to the hog facilities and the trucks that haul the hogs to the processing plants require a good transportation system.

We do have a road system that is serving well but there are improvements that are needed. The improvements that have taken place over the last 14 years can be attributed to Joel Fantz and he should be commended for a job well done. Unfortunately, further progress is now on hold at least temporarily until such time that a full time Engineer is on board.

Just as an aside, I met a couple of friends the other day and they posed to me this question, facetiously, I am sure. When you left your job as County Engineer, were you escorted out of the Board Room?

(signed) William W. Ellingrod

Emmetsburg, IA



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