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Multiple Drainage Issues Discussed

By Staff | Jul 28, 2016

Drainage District information took over the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Supervisors on Tuesday, July 26.

John Rosengren, Drainage Engineer from Bolton and Menk of Spencer was on hand to give the Supervisors to file specifications on Drainage District 61. Bid letting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 at 9:00 am, at the courthouse.

Drainage Engineer, Rick Hopper with Jacobson-Westergard of Estherville, was on hand to provide, file and explain an annexation report for DD 5.

“There is 4626 acres that topography maps show actually drain into DD 5 and they have never paid into the district,” Hopper began. “At this time we recommend that the Supervisors as Trustees for DD 5 proceed with the annexation of proposed lands as indicated in the report and set a date for a public hearing on this matter.”

“I do not have any problem paying for drainage, what I have an issue with is paying to have trees taken our. How do I benefit from that?” questioned Kirby Sampson. “You don’t see any water moving at all, so how does this benefit me?

“According to the Iowa Code, if you receive any benefit at all from DD 5, you are obligated to help pay for any repairs and upkeep,” Hopper said.

“Is there anyway we can take the trees out of the equation?” Supervisor Ed Noonan asked.

“Rick would have to make two new schedules to account for the reeds and it gets to be a lot of work,” Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser.

With further discussion, a roll call vote was taken and passed in a vote of 3 to 3 (with Noonan and Merril voting nay).

Hopper also gave and update on DD 61 Lateral B by filing the estimated cost of three different drainage methods, an open ditch, restoring the waterway and installing a parallel tile or putting in a new tile with a inch coefficient.

“According to Jim Hudson, we do not have to have a formal hearing. We need to send out letters and include the Project Cost Summary,” Hopper said.

“This is the DD that needs something done, but no one wants to admit it or make a decision what to needs to happen,” Noonan said.

The Board directed Hopper to send out letter with the summary sheet explaining what needed to happen and that a meeting has been scheduled for August 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Election Center.

The final two drainage district discussed were DD 159 and DD 160. It was unanimously approved that the Supervisors go head with annexation proceeding for both districts.

In final business the Palo Alto County Engineer, Walter Davis-Oeth requested utility permits for Windstream and two for Iowa Lakes Electric Corporation; unanimous approval was given. Davis-Oeth also requested the approval of a resolution to put a speed limit of 40 MPH on the Rodman road on B55 at the new bridge. Approval for the speed limit was unanimous.