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Palo Alto County Supervisors Set Drainage Hearing Dates

By Staff | May 18, 2017

Two drainage reports were filed and hearing dates set during the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 16.

Drainage Engineer Don Etler from Bolton & Menk of Spencer was on hand to file a report on Drainage District 61 improvements on the lower two miles of the open ditch.

“There is approximately 50 square miles within the watershed of DD 61. The bridge that is on B63 does represent minimal restrictions; however, it is properly designed according to road standards,” Etler began. “It is rare that drainage standards are affected by a bridge.”

The report proposes a 50-foot wide channel versus the current 20-foot channel and according to Etler no levy will be used.

“The Department of Natural Resources says that if a levy is added it must be 100 feet back from the open ditch,” Etler said. “There is also 21,000 acres which drain into DD 61 which are not in the district so something will have to be decided regarding annexation or creating a new district with common outlet.”

With some further discussion the Board unanimously accepted the engineer’s report and set a hearing date for July 18 at 10:00 a.m. to be held at the Election Center. An informational meeting with all landowners involved within the watershed will be held prior to the July meeting.

Etler also submitted a report for improvements on Lateral 1 in Drainage District 180. Portions of these improvements will be within the city limits of Emmetsburg. There was some further discussion and be Board accepted the engineer’s report; however, a hearing will be set at a later date pending discussions with the City of Emmetsburg and landowners.

In other business, Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth requested the approval of two dates to hold Public Informational meetings on the reconstruction project and right-of-way acquisition for the N26/B25 corridor that is scheduled. The following two dates received unanimous approval: Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m at the Ruthven Social Center and Tuesday, June 6 at the Courthouse Boardroom .

In final business, unanimous approval was given for the hiring of Nathan Anderson as a part time jailer. Anderson will begin on May 16 at a rate of $15.88 per hour.