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Annexation Of Land to Joint Drainage District Approved

September 6, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Members of the Board of Supervisors of Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties met with two landowners for an annexation hearing for Joint Drainage District 13 on Tuesday, August 29 in Emmetsburg.

"We put this report together originally for Palo Alto County Drainage District 13," explained Rick Hopper, Drainage Engineer from Jacobson-Westergard of Estherville. "At that time we were notified of an agreement between several landowners in 1983 that got together and did some private tiling. The other thing that came into play was topography of the area using LIDAR (laser imaging detection and ranging) that was available."

"What this did was to add several acres in both Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties to the watershed," Hopper continued. "In Palo Alto, 409.26 acres should be annexed, bringing the total to 1,295 acres and Pocahontas will have 478.28 acres to be annexed. A resolution was signed making this a joint district, so this is technically Joint Drainage District 13. At this time, I would recommend accepting the report as submitted annexing the acres listed."

"My Grandfather was one of the ones to put this tile in before I started farming," landowner Dan Classen stated. "I highly agree with doing the annexations. My only concern is that if you are doing an annexation, I think you need to add some additional acres."

"No I do not have a map but this goes back to what my Grandfather told me," Classen continued. "He called it Jake and Jim Triplet's big tile which goes across the west section, Section six in Des Moines Township, it and a county tile in a cinder-block box right south of Bill Johnson's house in Palo Alto County. Do I have a map, no? Can I walk to it and probe it? I can come real close. I would suggest continuing this hearing until further investigation and probing can be done so that all involved acres are annexed together."

There was some further discussion and Hopper recommended that the Boards go ahead with the annexation of lands and then put together a new report after harvest to include additional acres if needed.

Hopper also recommended that the Boards wait until after a new report to do a classification of lands.

The Boards unanimously accepted both recommendations by Hopper.



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