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Updates Presented To County Supervisors

By Staff | Jul 20, 2016

During their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 19, the Palo Alto County Supervisors listened to updates pertaining to the cabling and phone system in the Courthouse and the Brink Building, along with an update on Drainage District 61 Lateral B Tile.

Rick Hopper, Drainage Engineer from Jacoson-Westergard of Estherville was on hand to update the Supervisors on DD 61 Lat. B tile.

“I have kind of a compromise, let’s go ahead and do the Army Corp of Engineers application to be sure they don’t have jurisdiction here,” Hopper said. “That could become a hang up when it’s time to do this work.”

According to Hopper a remonstrance was not met on the project, so the Supervisors can go ahead and take action.

“What are the options?” Supervisor Ed Noonan asked.

“There’s an open ditch option, a large tile option and restoring the waterway, maintaining the existing tile and running a inches coefficient tile along the existing,” Hopper replied.

“Don’t you think we to come up with a solid tiling option? I don’t vote against improving drainage, so in my mind we are going with either the tile or the open ditch,” Noonan said.

It was decided that it would take at least two more meetings to get this drainage issue taken care of, the first one to start over with objections and the second to make a decision which way to go.

The Supervisors then requested that Hopper begin getting appraisals on property before the first meeting, which will be announced in the future.

Representatives from Scott Telephone and Telecom, Inc of Emmetsburg, River Valley Telecommunications of Graettinger and Solutions of Spencer, were on hand to discuss updated information.

“I want to start by telling you that Solutions is not your network administrator, in fact, you really do not have a network administrator. You have never had one. Robin and Carmen have been the ones taking care of your network as well as the duties they normally have,” Gregg Davis said. “We will always work with you when issues arise, however, we may not have the answer.”

“How much does this management cost?” Noonan asked.

“It varies depending on your needs,” Davis said.

Further discussion on the new cabling that will be going into the courthouse determined that a network analysis is needed to determine if there are any issues at this time, how much cable needs to be replaced and the removal of any old cable that is no longer in use.

The supervisors requested that Solutions do a network analysis as soon as they can so that River Valley Telecommunications can begin replacing the cable.

In other business, Lois Naig, Palo Alto County Assessor, was on hand requesting approval for Homestead and MilitaryApplications and for the Business Property Tax Credit Applications for 2016. Unanimous approval was given.

Finally, Joe Neary, Palo Alto County Sanitarian and Zoning Officer was on hand to update the Supervisors on the Wind Energy Ordinance.

With only a few details left to cover, a tentative meeting date is set for Aug.11.

Neary also said that the transfer station is considering a rateincrease but nothing has been determined at this time.