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Supervisors Approve Gravel Crushing Contract

By Staff | Aug 13, 2015

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors approved a gravel crushing contract and voted on a resolution to upgrade a Class B road during their normal Tuesday meeting.

County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth presented the Board of Supervisors with the gravel-crushing contract that was awarded to Reding Gravel & Excavating of Algona.

“We have worked with them in the past and their prices are about the same as last year,” Davis-Oeth noted.

“The gravel will be taken from the Johnson and Osgood pits at a cost of $6.20 per ton. We will also be crushing the broken concrete pile. Since we do not have an exact tonnage on this, an exact estimate for crushing the concrete could not be given,” said Davis-Oeth. “The broken concrete will cost $2.25 or $4.50 per ton depending on the primary crusher. The total will be $135,000 plus the cost of crushing broken concrete.”

With very little deliberation, the board unanimously approved the contract.

A public hearing on conversion of a Level “B” road up to Level “A” status was conducted for a road in Sections 17 and 18 of Ellington Township. With no public comment for or against the upgrade, Davis-Oeth presented a resolution to the board for consideration.

“We have discussed this issue before,” Davis-Oeth said. “I had the homeowner call me and ask about snow removal and maintenance. I told him in order to do this, we need to upgrade the road from a Level B to a Level A. I know he was greatly appreciative of the Supervisors for doing this.”

With a motion to introduce and approve the resolution from Supervisor Ron Graettinger, the board voted unanimously in favor of the action.

A utility permit was also presented by Davis-Oeth. The permit would allow Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to complete single boring from west right of way line to east right of way line at 4620 370 Avenue in Booth Township, Sections 9 & 10. This will be a new underground service replacing the overhead lines

“Is this a residence?” asked Supervisor Keith Wirtz.

“Yes, I believe it is,” answered Davis-Oeth.

The permit was approved on a unanimous vote.

Cylinder area farmer Richard Berkland was on hand to bring to the Board’s attention that the clean up in Drainage District 15 South has not been completed.

“The trees are all gone so now it just needs cleaned up,” said Berkland. “Right now is a good time since it is fairly dry and it will not take long.”

“I will contact Valley Contracting of Estherville in the next day or two and get them down as soon as I can. Maybe we can take a look at some other drainage areas and do some spot cleaning,” Davis-Oeth replied.

“The culverts need to be looked at also. In the original approval, the culverts were going to be looked at and any damaged ones were going to be replaced,” said Berkland. ” It needs to get all done at once so we don’t need to come back and revisit this issue.”

“I will check into this further and get something set up,” said Davis-Oeth.