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Utility Permits Approved By Supervisors

By Staff | Aug 14, 2008

A limited agenda of business greeted the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during its weekly meeting on Tuesday, August 12. The primary business for the board was to approve five utility construction permits.

Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz presented the five construction permits to the supervisors for their consideration. Iowa Telecom submitted permit requests for two projects, one an underground cabling project in Sections 14 and 23 of Rush Lake Township, along and crossing 480 Street. The second project, also for underground cabling, was located in Sections 30 and 31 of Nevada Township, along and crossing 440 Street. Both permits were approved unanimously by the board.

Alliant Energy also submitted two permits for consideration by the Supervisors. The first was for construction of an overhead electrical line in Sections 23 and 26 of Independence Township, along and crossing 560 Avenue, while the second permit, also for overhead electrical line construction, was located in Section 23 of Rush Lake Township, along 480 Street. The supervisors approved both of the Alliant Energy permits on unanimous votes.

The final permit request was submitted by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative for the construction of an overhead electrical line in Sections five and six of Independence Township, along and crossing over 530 Avenue. The board granted unanimous approval to the permit.

In other informational items, Fantz reported to the board that work on the Depew pavement reconstruction project is underway, with county forces grading work being completed on a mile of the project. Additionally, grouting work on concrete culverts along the length of the project is also underway. The grouting will seal cracks and joints in the existing concrete culverts under the roadway, prolonging the life of the structures.

“Right now, the office staff is really working hard to complete our final plans and specifications for this project, with the goal of making a January bid letting for the southern half of the project,” Fantz explained. “We’re hopeful that there won’t be a lot of construction going on, which would make the contractors hungry and hopefully give us some very competitive bidding.”

The Supervisors also visited with Mental Health Director Maureen Sandberg, who shared some of the most recent statistics from the Integrated Services Pathways (ISP) project at the Palo Alto County Jail. During July, ISP coordinator Koree Muilenberg worked with eight individuals and made seven visits to those individuals during the month. Sandberg also noted that the ISP will have a meeting in October in Emmetsburg, and invited the supervisors to attend the meeting to learn more about the inner workings of the program.