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Annexation Reports Filed With Supervisors

By Staff | May 26, 2016

Annexations reports for three separate drainage districts were filed with the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 24.

Drainage Engineer, Rick Hopper of Jacobson-Westergard & Associated of Estherville was on hand to present the Board with results of studies they had requested on each district.

According to Hopper in Drainage District 5, there are about 4,600 acres that are in the watershed that have not been paying into the district, in Drainage District 159, there are approximately 253 acres in the watershed that have not been paying into the district and in Drainage District 160, there are about 4,200 acres in the watershed that have not been paying into the district.

“After our study, it is the recommendation that the mentioned acres be annexed into their respective drainage districts,” Hopper said. “You could bill them for the ditch clean out that was just completed.”

“Do we really want to bill people for work done prior to them being annexed into a district?” Supervisor Chairman Linus Solberg questioned.

“It is just something to consider,” Hopper said.

With little discussion, the Board unanimously approved setting hearings for annexation into the three districts. On July 26th at 9:30 am will be the meeting for District 5, at 10:15 am will be the meeting for District 159, and at 10:30 am will be the meeting for District 160.

Local area farmer, Jay Clasing was on hand to present a petition requesting improvements to Drainage District 19. According to Clasing, the area in question is less than 2,000 acres and all but one landowner seemed in favor of the improvements and signed the petition. At this point the Board appointed Rick Hopper to look into the cost of improvements requested by Clasing and the other landowners.

The Board accepted the resignation of Larry Joyce, who will be retiring on June 30 after 22 years with secondary roads.