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Supervisors Consider Petition For Drainage Ditch Repair

By Staff | Aug 5, 2010

Drainage was on the minds of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their weekly meeting Aug. 3.

Emmetsburg Township landowner Dave Girres was in attendance to petition the Supervisors to consider replacing an existing tile located in Drainage Ditch #7 lat 3.

“I have water still sitting there on about 10 acres west of the highway,” Girres began. “I’d like to put a tile all the way from the ditch, run it all the way up to the highway, and underneath the highway.”

“Is this an additional tile?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“No, I just want to replace it,” Girres answered. “The intakes aren’t working either. I’d like to have them replaced, too.”

Girres explained that he still had water sitting on his property after the heavy rains of nearly a month ago.

“What do you think’s happening?” Noonan continued.

“It’s shot. It’s just junk,” said Girres. “It’s filled full of dirt and needs to be replaced. You see, it’s a 10-inch and a 12-inch dumping into a 12-inch tile.”

“So, you’re not asking for an improvement at all, you’re just replacing what’s there,” Noonan clarified.

“Yes,” said Girres.

County Engineer Joel Fantz interjected that care had to be taken with this request.

“You’ll essentially be repairing by replacement,” said Fantz. “The other option is the improvement process where you hire a drainage engineer to cover your bases, and then you have it right.”

“Really, the way to go would be to put a larger tile in there,” said Girres.

Supervisor Keith Wirtz noted that the project would then be considered an improvement.

“If you do an improvement then you have to hire an engineer,” Fantz added.

“Plus, if the cost is over $20,000 you have to hire an engineer,” Wirtz said. “And you’re boring under the highway, so you automatically need an engineer, too.”

The board recognized Girres’ petition and agreed that an engineer should be consulted. Girres announced that he would contact an engineer to look into the issue.

Community Developer Steve Heldt was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting to request that the board pass a resolution for the state to place signs along highways in the county.

“We had a complaint from the city that we didn’t have enough signs in town for the lake and parks,” Heldt explained. “We had Roxanne Stewart from the Iowa DOT come to Emmetsburg and look at our area, and she came back with some recommendations on what we could do on Highways 4 and 18.”

Heldt noted that the signs recommended for inside the city limits had already been requested.

“There were recommendations for an “Industrial Park” sign to be located near the bypass of Highways 4 and 18 east of town,” said Heldt. “Roxanne said that they could provide the signs, but the county supervisors would have to make the request since it’s located inside the county, but not inside the city limits.”

“Who pays for the signs?” asked Wirtz.

“The state of Iowa does,” Heldt answered.

Without further discussion, the Supervisors approved the request.

In other business, the Supervisors approved Resolution #08-03-10 Continue Gambling Games at Gambling Structure.by Lori Hall

Drainage was on the minds of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their weekly meeting Aug. 3.

Emmetsburg Township landowner Dave Girres was in attendance to petition the Supervisors to consider replacing an existing tile located in Drainage Ditch #7 lat 3.

“I have water still sitting there on about 10 acres west of the highway,” Girres began. “I’d like to put a tile all the way from the ditch, run it all the way up to the highway, and underneath the highway.”

“Is this an additional tile?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“No, I just want to replace it,” Girres answered. “The intakes aren’t working either. I’d like to have them replaced, too.”

Girres explained that he still had water sitting on his property after the heavy rains of nearly a month ago.

“What do you think’s happening?” Noonan continued.

“It’s shot. It’s just junk,” said Girres. “It’s filled full of dirt and needs to be replaced. You see, it’s a 10-inch and a 12-inch dumping into a 12-inch tile.”

“So, you’re not asking for an improvement at all, you’re just replacing what’s there,” Noonan clarified.

“Yes,” said Girres.

County Engineer Joel Fantz interjected that care had to be taken with this request.

“You’ll essentially be repairing by replacement,” said Fantz. “The other option is the improvement process where you hire a drainage engineer to cover your bases, and then you have it right.”

“Really, the way to go would be to put a larger tile in there,” said Girres.

Supervisor Keith Wirtz noted that the project would then be considered an improvement.

“If you do an improvement then you have to hire an engineer,” Fantz added.

“Plus, if the cost is over $20,000 you have to hire an engineer,” Wirtz said. “And you’re boring under the highway, so you automatically need an engineer, too.”

The board recognized Girres’ petition and agreed that an engineer should be consulted. Girres announced that he would contact an engineer to look into the issue.

Community Developer Steve Heldt was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting to request that the board pass a resolution for the state to place signs along highways in the county.

“We had a complaint from the city that we didn’t have enough signs in town for the lake and parks,” Heldt explained. “We had Roxanne Stewart from the Iowa DOT come to Emmetsburg and look at our area, and she came back with some recommendations on what we could do on Highways 4 and 18.”

Heldt noted that the signs recommended for inside the city limits had already been requested.

“There were recommendations for an “Industrial Park” sign to be located near the bypass of Highways 4 and 18 east of town,” said Heldt. “Roxanne said that they could provide the signs, but the county supervisors would have to make the request since it’s located inside the county, but not inside the city limits.”

“Who pays for the signs?” asked Wirtz.

“The state of Iowa does,” Heldt answered.

Without further discussion, the Supervisors approved the request.

In other business, the Supervisors approved Resolution #08-03-10 Continue Gambling Games at Gambling Structure.