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Supervisors Approve Urban Renewal Expansion

By Joseph Schany - | May 4, 2021

by Joseph Schany

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday, April 27 at the Courthouse Boardroom in Emmetsburg for the designation of the expanded Palo Alto County Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area and on the urban renewal plan amendment. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the meeting was also available telephonically.

“We are adding the area where we are building the Palo Alto County Public Safety Center and we are putting that property into our Urban Renewal Area,” said Carmen Moser, Palo Alto County Auditor. “The rest is for all the roads and bridges projects our county engineer will complete. We will be using tax increment financing (TIF) money, which is a funding source for us to use from the new valuation from our wind turbines”

Added Moser, “If you remember, when we voted on the Palo Alto County Public Safety building, we stated that it was not going to increase your property taxes, and that is because we are using the TIF funds to pay for the building. It is the same mechanism we have been using to pay for our road projects.”

With no objections presented at the meeting, Board Chair Linus Solberg announced the hearing closed and the supervisors moved the adoption of the resolution entitled, “Resolution to Declare Necessity and Establish an Urban Renewal Area, Pursuant to Section 403.4 of the Code of Iowa and Approve Urban Renewal Plan Amendment for the Palo Alto County Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area.”

2) Identification of

Projects

The list of authorized urban renewal projects in the approved plan has been amended to include the following project descriptions:

A. Palo Alto County Road and Bridge Improvement Projects

The Road and Bridge Projects will consist of the construction of county road, bridge and culvert improvements in the Urban Renewal Area as follows:

Road Reconstruction:

• All of the public right-of-way over, under, upon and along County Road B-19 beginning at its intersection with County Road N60 and continuing east to its intersection with the Palo Alto County/Kossuth County line. TIF Cost: $3,500,000

• All of the public right-of-way over, under, upon and along County Road B-53 beginning at its intersection with County Road N-28 and continuing west to its intersection with the Palo Alto County/Clay County line. TIF Cost: $2,800,000

• The westerly 50′ of section 3 and the easterly 50′ of section 4, Twp 97N Range 32W inclusive of all of the existing public right-of-way over, under, upon and along County Road B-14 beginning at its intersection with 480th Avenue and continuing east to its intersection with 500th Avenue; and the southerly 50′ of section 3 and the northerly 50′ of section 10, Twp 97N Range 32W inclusive of all of the existing public right-of-way over, under, upon and along County Road N-52 beginning at its intersection with County Road B-14 and continuing north to its intersection with the Palo Alto County/Emmet County line. TIF Cost: $2,100,000

• All of the public right-of-way over, under, upon and along County Road B-20 beginning at its intersection with County Road N-60 and continuing east to its intersection with the Palo Alto County/Kossuth County line. TIF Cost: $3,500,000

• All of the public right-of-way over, under, upon and along North Huron Road beginning at its intersection with the incorporated limits of the City of Emmetsburg, Iowa and continuing to a point three miles to the northeast. TIF Cost: $1,300,000

Bridge Replacement

• Lost Island 37 Bridge, TIF Cost: $340,000

• West Bend 14 Bridge, TIF Cost: $500,000

• Emmetsburg 73 Bridge, TIF Cost: $480,000

• Emmetsburg 156 Bridge, TIF Cost: $720,000

• Fern Valley 1 Bridge (with culvert), TIF Cost: $200,000

• Great Oak 47 Bridge, TIF Cost: $480,000

• Nevada 24 Bridge, TIF Cost: $480,000

• West Bend 92 Bridge, TIF Cost: $575,000

It is expected that the completed projects will cause increased and improved ability of Palo Alto County to provide adequate transportation infrastructure for the growth and retention of commercial, industrial and agri-business enterprises.

Read the full article in The Reporter.