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Supervisors Approve County Recycling Contract

By Staff | Jan 4, 2016

A recycling contract was signed as well as a bridge contract at the regular meeting Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 22. Several grant resolutions were also approved at this time.

Palo Alto county Sanitarian Joe Neary as well as Mike Flannegan of Shamrock Recycling were on hand to present the Supervisors a contract for approval between Shamrock Recycling and Palo Alto County, not including the cities of Emmetsburg, West Bend and Cylinder. The Board unanimously approved the contract with the monthly sums of 16 cents per person per month for 4,644 persons for a monthly total of $766 for seven years. The contract also gives a rate increase of 3 percent per year beginning in 2017.

Neary also requested a grant resolution to purchase a recycling trailer for the county. The Board approved this unanimously.

Maureen Sandberg, County CPC and Jamie Whitney, Director of Upper Des Moines Opportunity were on hand to request a resolution and approval for the County to enter in to a 28E agreement with Upper Des Moines for joint operation of the General Relief office. The motion for the resolution and approval of the agreement was unanimous. Upper Des Moines will begin covering General Relief for Palo Alto County effective January 1, 2016 and at this time will be in the office at the courthouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Gary Small from the Lost Island Protective Association was on hand to request pit material from the Ruthven Pit for a foundational base for a paved trail.

“We will be working on sections 6A, 6B and 6C by the Redwood Resort and Campground,” Small said. “We will be filing for a casino grant but what we would like is for the County to proved the pit run gravel material for a base for the paved trail. Our contractor would load and haul it so you will not have any expense in that. It is estimated that it will take 1,000 ton.”

“I want Walter to address this,” Vice Chair Linus Solberg said. “What do you think?

“It’s no expense to secondary roads. It’s the material cost. If the Board of Supervisors chooses to approve this, I have no issues with it,” Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth said.

“Do you need good quality gravel or can you use less quality?” Supervisor Ed Noonan asked.

“The pit run is not great material for this, however it is what material is available to them. Other materials have dollar values typically associated to it where it would become a significant expense to secondary roads in terms of loss of materials,” Davis-Oeth said.

“So this is a lower quality material is what you are saying?” Noonan said.

“It’s going to be, yes,” Davis-Oeth replied.

“We have used this material in the past and it works fine,” Small said.

“I just want to say one thing on the way Gary does things. I’ve been working with him for quite a while and I am really impressed by the way he is building this trail. He gets support from everyone before he tries doing anything. He’s kind of a model that people should use,” Noonan commented.

With a unanimous decision it was decided to give pit run gravel to the Lost Island Protective Association.

Other grant resolutions unanimously approved were for the Palo Alto County Historical Society, Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management, the Palo Alto County Sheriffs Department and the Palo Alto County Development Corporation.

In final business Davis-Oeth presented the contract with Peterson Contractors Inc. for bridge replacement on County Road B55 near Rodman. Davis-Oeth also requested approval of a contract with Cedar Valley Corp for the road-paving project on County Road B55 near Rodman at a cost about $3,074,454. Approval for the contract was unanimous. Final request for approval by Davis-Oeth was to hire Cassandra Hampson over winter break, two weeks, to help in the engineer’s office.

“Cassie works in the summers for us and it would be a tremendous help to get caught up on filing, scanning and other office work we have fallen behind on,” Davis-Oeth said.

The Board gave unanimous approval for temporarily hiring Hampson.