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Supervisors Discuss Variety of Topics

By Staff | Jan 17, 2008

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors tackled several different items during their regular meeting on Jan. 15. Supervisor Ed Noonan was absent from the Tuesday morning meeting; however, a quorum of supervisors was present.

County Attorney Peter Hart was in attendance and sought the board’s approval for a replacement for a seat on the Civil Service Commission held by Iva Pedersen, who resigned.

“I talked to Linus Solberg and he said that he would be happy to serve on the Civil Service Commission,” said Hart.

Currently, Max Dahlhauser represents the Board of Supervisors and Lorrie McNally represents the Sheriff’s Office on the Commission. Linus Solberg will now represent the County Attorney’s Office.

The Supervisors approved the change with little discussion.

In similar businesses, the Supervisors also approved the appointment of Neal Heldt as the Ellington Township clerk position formerly held by his father, Arnold Heldt who has retired.

The Supervisors approved the Construction Evaluation Resolution related to the construction of confinement feeding operation structures throughout the county (Master Matrix). By adopting the resolution, the Supervisors agree to evaluate every construction permit application for a proposed confinement feeding operation structure received by the board between Feb. 1, 2008 and Jan. 31, 2009, and then submit an adopted recommendation to the Department of Natural Resources.

Bob Behnkendorf from the Palo Alto County Extension Office also addressed the board.

“I appreciate the opportunity to visit with you gentlemen today,” said Behnkendorf. “I wanted to thank you for the support you gave last year to Palo Alto County Extension. Of the $20,000 you gave us, we used $15,000 to pay down the debt on our building note and the other $5,000 for our 4-H program position which is Julie Naig. This year, we are requesting $20,000 again.”

Behnkendorf highlighted that 502 young people received at least six hours of education last year through workshops and classes offered by the Extension Office. That number is up from last year’s enrollment of 470. In the 4-H program, 177 Palo Alto County youngsters were involved.

“We really look at the development of young people because it takes a certain amount and length of education to make a difference. What I always want to see is an increase, and we had that.”

Behnkendorf also discussed issues of concern: the three-year agreement to share Behnkendorf’s employment between Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties ends in June; the fact that the building currently housing the Palo Alto County Extension Office is not handicapped accessible; the front steps to the Office are crumbling and need repair; and the referendum question that would increase funding for Extension has failed to pass in the past.

The Supervisors also set the date to discuss budget amendments for Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., set the date for the Township Trustees meeting for Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m., and tabled discussion of elected officials’ salaries until the Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting of the Board of Supervisors.