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Supervisors Adopt New Redistricting Ordinance

By Staff | Oct 18, 2011

Palo Alto County’s effort for re-districting after the 2010 Census was officially adopted through an ordinance approved by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Board members also appointed a pair of re-classification commissioners for a re-districting project and discussed a drainage request during the meeting.

The ordinance spelling out the new supervisor districts for the next 10-year period was read twice and approved on 4-0 roll call votes of the board, with Supervisor Ed Noonan absent and not voting. After the second reading of the ordinance and its approval, Supervisor Ron Graettinger moved to waive the third reading of the ordinance and grant final adoption. Supervisor Leo Goeders offered a second and the board approved the motion and adopted the resolution on a 4-0 roll call vote.

The supervisors met with Bill Lindgren, who discussed a plan he had developed for a drainage improvement in drainage district 98 in Section 12 of Rush Lake Township. According to Lindgren, the drainage tile in the area is overwhelmed and under tremendous pressure.

“I would like to put in a privately owned 24-inch tile and run it straight south to the DD98 open ditch,” Lindgren explained. “I would do this at my own expenses and would connect a county 14-inch tile into it to help relieve the pressure on the county tiles.”

“I think it’s a good move, because it will help other people in the district,” observed Graettinger.

“I think so too,” agreed Board Chair Keith Wirtz.

“Yes, everyone would benefit from it,” agreed Supervisor Jerry Hofstad.

Despite general agreement that the project would be beneficial to the district, board members did express some concerns that Lindgren needed to visit with Drainage Engineer Don Etler to make sure that there would be no adverse affects to the drainage district by installing the line and making the connection of the county tile to the private line.

In other business, the board appointed Marvin Duhn and Bill Whitney to serve as re-classification commissioners for work being completed in Drainage District 21 West. The two have served in the same capacity in other reclassifications during the past few years.

The supervisors also approved underground construction permits to Windstream Communications for work in sections nine and 16 of Freedom Township. They also approved the quarterly report of Palo Alto County Recorder Bonnie Whitney.