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Supervisors Discuss Drainage Issue, Approve Pay Hike

By Staff | Mar 10, 2009

A drainage issue that was brought to the attention of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors was quickly resolved during the Mar. 3, meeting of the board.

Rural Emmetsburg landowner Ron Hoffman visited with the supervisors about a drainage problem on his land, which is part of Drainage District 122. Hoffman complained that the existing tile on the north side of the road was having trouble removing water from the adjoining field.

“This tile is either right under the shoulder or even under the road in places,” said Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz. “It was built 100 years ago and the road’s been re-graded and widened. Ron has tried to tie into this a couple of times and is just not getting adequate drainage. That’s the bottom line. We probably need to repair by replacement.”

“What’s our policy when it runs in the ditch like that?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“Well, there’s plenty of fall. It would be like any other tile line for anybody else’s land. Secondary Roads would be the normal payer on the drainage ditch just like you guys,” Fantz answered. “To try and fix what’s there wouldn’t make much sense. It’d be cheaper to just put a new one down.”

With little discussion, the supervisors decided to put the tile work up for bids. Work on the tile, involving the installation of approximately 1,300 feet of new eight-inch tile, is expected to be completed in the spring.

In other business, the board approved a scheduled pay increase for Deb Rouse, a jailer at the Palo Alto County Jail. Rouse, who is now certified, will see her hourly pay increase to $12.99 per hour.