The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved permits to construct utilities on county rights of way.
First approved was a permit to Mastec (Century Link) of Hugo, Minn., for telephone service between a new hog confinement and the existing pedestal at 4200 110th St. in the southeast quarter of Section 8 of Ellsworth Township.
Also approved was a permit for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to bore and case a 7200 volt line crossing 240th Street approximately a quarter mile west of 430th Avenue in Sections 15 and 22 of High Lake Township.
In his road report, county engineer Roger Patocka said crews had been blading, mowing, ditch cleaning and building up a road south of Estherville.
Patocka also said he had received a letter from Todd Huju, Iowa Department of Transportation District III district maintenance manager, regarding potential sharing opportunities with the state for winter maintenance. Patocka said he would probably meet with Huju the week of Aug. 20 regarding the matter.
Patocka also noted a number of qualified applicants for the secondary roads foreman position which Ron Beaver is leaving for retirement. Patocka said he will interview finalists starting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
In other matters, Patocka said he will start bridge inspections later this week. He said work continues to move along on the Riverview bridge south of Estherville.
The board also continued its discussion regarding a proposal by Mediacom to bundle phone and Internet services to the courthouse.
"This is not without risk," said supervisor Alan Madden regarding having the services on the same line.
Supervisor Jon Martyr agreed that two lines would be faster and that if one line went down the others wouldn't as well.