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County Supervisors Approve Seconday Road Hire, Contracts

By Staff | Jan 30, 2018

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors embarked on budget workshops this past week, but prior to rolling up their sleeves for the budget work, the board acted on some routine items in Tuesday’s weekly meeting.

Meeting with Chris Towell, Assistant to the County Engineer, the board approved the hiring of Todd Thompson as an Equipment Operator for the Secondary Roads Department. Thompson will work out of the Ayrshire maintenance facility, filling the position vacated by Matt Fandel. A salary of $17.54 per hour was approved for the hiring. Supervisor Craig Merrill moved to approve the recommendation of County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth for the hiring, and following a second from Supervisor Keith Wirtz, Thompson’s hiring was approved on a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Roger Faulstick absent and not voting.

Towell also presented the board with a two-year contract for bridge inspections in the county. The contract, with Kirkham-Michael and Associates of Urbandale, calls for the firm to conduct 24 bridge inspections during 2018, at a cost of $5,304 and 89 inspections in 2019, at a cost of $10.769.

“These inspections are done on a rotation basis, aren’t they?” asked Merrill.

“Yes, that is correct,” Towell replied.

With little further discussion, Merrill moved to approve the two-year contract with Kirkham-Michael and with a second from Supervisor Linus Solberg, the contract was approved on a 4-0 vote.

In other business, the supervisors accepted the resignation of Dr. Dan Nesheim of Mallard from his position on the County Board of Health. The resignation was effective immediately, leaving Nesheim’s seat on the board vacant.

To fill the vacancy, Craig Merrill moved to appoint Margaret (Peg) McNally of Emmetsburg to fill the vacancy, as the term expires Dec. 31 of this year. Linus Solberg offered a second and the appointment was approved unanimously.

Fin their final item of business, the board approved a Class B Beer and Wine permit and Sunday Sales permit for Happy Campers, LLC, doing business as the Redwood Campground at Lost Island Lake.