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Courthouse Window Repairs Discussed During Supervisors’ Meeting

By Staff | Mar 22, 2018

Consideration for courthouse window repairs and Drainage District issues were two of the items discussed during the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 20.

Palo Alto County Treasurer Robin Jamison was on hand to discuss with the Board the replacing of the courthouse windows.

“We didn’t get the grant,” Jamison began. “They ran out of funds according to Jane Hoyman. She recommended that we try again next year. I did check into Historic Resource Development Grant through the State. I talked to a couple different people. But, because of it not being on the National Register, it is not eligible to be listed due to the extent of modifications that were done after the 1960 remodeling.”

Jamison recommended that the County wait one more year and apply for a Casino grant again and see what happens.

“I think we should go ahead with it this year,” Supervisor Linus Solberg said. “Waiting until next year, you still may not get a grant.”

With some further discussion, it was decided that the County will reapply for a grant again next year and if the County does not get a grant, the project will go ahead.

Drainage Engineer Don Etler from Bolton & Menk of Spencer was on hand to file bid specifications for Drainage District 84 and Drainage District 175.

“The bids will be turned in to the Auditor’s office in the Courthouse by April 17,” Etler stated. “Bid letting is set for 1:00 p.m. on April 17 at the Election Center for DD 84 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 17 at the Election Center for DD 175.

Unanimous approval was given to accept the bid specifications for DD 84 and DD 175.

Discussion then turned to having a drone fly over the drainage ditches in both drainage districts. The Supervisors instructed Etler to have a drone fly over DD 84 at a cost of $1,000 and over DD 175 at a cost of $3,000. He was also instructed to have this completed so companies will have the photos to look at when placing bids.

In other drainage business, a teleconference between Palo Alto County Supervisors and Kossuth County Supervisors on DD Jt. 1 PA & K Main Open Ditch, to appoint a Drainage Engineer to complete a full study of the open ditch. With Kossuth County being the controlling county, the motion was made to appoint Kent Rhode from Bolton & Menk of Spencer to complete the study. Unanimous approval was given by both Boards.

Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth informed the Supervisors that the spring Road Embargos are now in effect and the Sherriff’s Department was aware of this.

Davis-Oeth also discussed wages for the summer crew.

“Last year new employees received $11.00 per hour and returning employees received $11.50 per hour,” Davis-Oeth said. “I have heard rumors that Walmart will be starting employees out at $12.00 per hour. I am suggesting a wage increase for summer crews to $11.50 per hour for new employees and $12.00 per hour for returning employees.”

With little discussion, unanimous approval was given.

In final business, Kevin Malm has been hired as the new Transfer Station Assistant and will start on March 26. Starting wage will be $32,000 per year and after the first year will increase to $33,000. Supervisor Chairman Ron Graettinger, Supervisor Craig Merrill and Supervisor Keith Wirtz all voted aye. Supervisor Linus Solberg voted nay and Supervisor Roger Faulstick recused himself due to being related to Malm.