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Network Assessment Presented To County Board of Supervisors

By Staff | Aug 23, 2016

An assessment of the computer network in the courthouse in Emmetsburg was presented to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 16.

Greg Davis, President, CEO and Sales Manager of Solutions, Inc of Spencer was on hand to report finding of a study that he was asked to do two weeks ago by the Board of Supervisors.

“Basically what we did was put remote software that looks at different aspects of the system and we also loaded software that we currently use at other courthouses. Data was collected from both software and we were able to make a risk assessment and list issues that should bee looked at soon,” Davis began. “The good news is that all your servers are updated. There are a few PCs that need some modifications to accept the updates. The risk assessment came back high.”

Recommendations were made on how to correct this issue, including the possibility of hiring Solutions, Inc. to manage the network. Further research into managed networks and what possible fixes could be made in house will be conducted with a report to follow.

In other business, Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes presented the Supervisors with a 28E Agreement between the Sheriffs Department and the City of Emmetsburg regarding communication. Schultes explained that the City has agreed to pay 16.87 % of the total expenses of the prior year. Emmetsburg has been paying $40,000 since approximately 2008 and this year they will pay $43,106.42. The 16.87 % allows for adjustments every year according to Schultes. The Board approved unanimously to enter into a 28E Agreement with the City of Emmetsburg.

“I am also requesting approval to hire Luke Brown of West Bend to fill a full time jailer position that has been left open when one jailer took another job in Clay County,” Schultes said. “This is only to fill an opening not to add to the staff.” With little discussion unanimous approval was given.

Bids were submitted and opened for repair work on the Main Open Ditch in Drainage District 61, North of Rodman.

Jon Rosengren, Drainage Engineer from Bolten & Menk of Spencer reminded the Board the engineers estimated cost for the project was $142,847.25. With that, the three bids that were submitted were opened: Reutzel Excavating of Burt – $133,292.40, Valley Contracting of Estherville – $201,346 and L.A. Carlson Contracting of Merrill – $149,188.80. After all bids were checked, Rosengren made the recommendation to hire Reutzel Excavating of Burt, who had the lowest bid, to complete repairs on the Main Open Ditch in DD 61. Approval was given unanimously.

Mark Zaccone, Contractor for Business Development with Invenergy, a developer of renewable energy, was on hand to request that meetings be set up with the Supervisors, to give information on flicker, setbacks and how the ordinance the Zoning Board created last week affects the layout of a wind farm.

“I would like to say, that I don’t like to be threatened and I feel that was what that girl was doing last night,” Supervisor Ed Noonan said.

“That is not what anyone was trying to do, but it is important to stress that a half mile setback is impossible and a potential breaker,” Zaccone stated. “We want you to be fully aware of the potential outcome a requirement such as this may have.”

“Can people hunt on land that has an easement on it?” Solberg questioned.

“I really don’t know what the company requires for this,” Zaccone replied.

“What do you mean you don’t know, you work for the company don’t you?” Noonan asked.

“That is not an area of development that I deal with, but I will be glad to find out for you,” Zaccone replied.

“Can you make a call right now so we know?” Noonan asked.

Zaccone left the boardroom to make the call and upon returning he informed the Supervisors that yes anyone can hunt this property but essentially if you damage it, you are required to pay for any and all repairs.

“What happens if the hunter takes off because he has damaged a turbine, is the landowner responsible for repairs?” Noonan asked.

“I’m not really sure but I will find that information out,” Zaccone said.

“You don’t need to bother meeting with me. I have been doing research on my own talking with various counties, landowners, even Minnesota. I find out my own information’s so there is no need to waste my time meeting with you,” Solberg said. “And the Supervisors will meet with you two at a time.”

In related business, Joe Neary, Zoning Officer for Palo Alto County brought in some information that he and Palo Alto County Auditor Lois Naig had put together pertaining to the amount of tax money Pocahontas County receives from wind energy, what landowner receive and the projected amount of $259 million that wind energy will invest in our county during construction.