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Patocka: Running out of storage

September 18, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County secondary roads department is running out of storage space and may have to address the issue by adding another bay to the Armstrong shed.

Emmet County engineer Roger Patocka told the board of supervisors about the space shortage Tuesday. He said he would like to meet with the board next week to discuss the matter.

In other business Tuesday, Patocka said crews had been blading, that patching was completed on A34, and that crews were mowing, edge rutting and ditch cleaning. He said the new truck was scheduled to be delivered Tuesday afternoon.

In other business Tuesday, county mental-health coordinator Dorothy Christensen noted contract rates at Spencer Hospital had gone down from $546 to $524 a day due to lower Medicaid reimbursement rates. She said the sub-acute rate also wene down, from $258 to $245, while the rate for mental-health evaluations went from $155 per visit to $625.

The county heard a complaint from Paul Moffitt regarding problems with drainage Ditch 151.

"They wiped out just about half my hayfield," Moffitt said of a large mound left beside the ditch. "Am I responsible for taking that back up and putting it down?"

Supervisor Alan Madden said Moffitt would be reimbursed for crop damage and the county would also pay for seed.



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