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Ongoing Drainage Issue Resolved By Supervisors

By Staff | Aug 12, 2010

A decision on a pending drainage issue and a new question on an ongoing drainage issue occupied the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors’ time in the weekly meeting of the group Tuesday. The board also approved a pair of permits and voted to cancel its’ August 17 meeting as well.

Addressing an ongoing concern over Joint Drainage District 85, the board discussed the matter with Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz, who had looked over the area in question in Booth Township. The area, which includes a small drainage ditch that runs to the Pocahontas/Palo Alto County line, had backed up earlier this growing season. Landowners Lynn Harris and Frank Bringleson had appeared before the board a few weeks earlier to inquire about a possible clean out of the ditch, which is very shallow.

“Basically, the ditch is functioning as it was designed to do,” Fantz noted, “It wasn’t originally engineered very well, and it’s functioning to that level. Looking at it and reviewing the history on it, it looks as if the best bang for the buck would be to clean 800 to a thousand feet south of the county line and maybe 100-150 feet north of the county line, because the south part has been farmed through and filled in with about a foot and a half of dirt.”

Supervisor Ed Noonan, who had been working with the landowners on the issue, pointed out that in an earlier discussion with the Pocahontas County Supervisors on the subject, it had been agreed that the two entities had not followed through with the maintenance of the shallow ditch, as they should have in the past.

“I think Pocahontas will go for Joel’s suggestion,” Noonan told the board.

Later in the session when   Lynn Harris and Frank Bringleson arrived, the engineer briefed the two landowners on his findings and suggestion. Both were in agreement the plan sounded logical.

“I think this is a practical approach to this,” Harris said. “But, I do think that it needs to be cleaned out back to the original grade at some time.”

by Dan Voigt

A decision on a pending drainage issue and a new question on an ongoing drainage issue occupied the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors’ time in the weekly meeting of the group Tuesday. The board also approved a pair of permits and voted to cancel its’ August 17 meeting as well.

Addressing an ongoing concern over Joint Drainage District 85, the board discussed the matter with Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz, who had looked over the area in question in Booth Township. The area, which includes a small drainage ditch that runs to the Pocahontas/Palo Alto County line, had backed up earlier this growing season. Landowners Lynn Harris and Frank Bringleson had appeared before the board a few weeks earlier to inquire about a possible clean out of the ditch, which is very shallow.

“Basically, the ditch is functioning as it was designed to do,” Fantz noted, “It wasn’t originally engineered very well, and it’s functioning to that level. Looking at it and reviewing the history on it, it looks as if the best bang for the buck would be to clean 800 to a thousand feet south of the county line and maybe 100-150 feet north of the county line, because the south part has been farmed through and filled in with about a foot and a half of dirt.”

Supervisor Ed Noonan, who had been working with the landowners on the issue, pointed out that in an earlier discussion with the Pocahontas County Supervisors on the subject, it had been agreed that the two entities had not followed through with the maintenance of the shallow ditch, as they should have in the past.

“I think Pocahontas will go for Joel’s suggestion,” Noonan told the board.

Later in the session when   Lynn Harris and Frank Bringleson arrived, the engineer briefed the two landowners on his findings and suggestion. Both were in agreement the plan sounded logical.

“I think this is a practical approach to this,” Harris said. “But, I do think that it needs to be cleaned out back to the original grade at some time.”