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Emmet, Palo Alto supervisors discuss sharing

Boards talk about conservation and secondary roads

January 8, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER - Supervisors from Emmet and Palo Alto counties discussed sharing possibilities at the River Valley Cooperative Board Room at 106 E. Robbins St. in Graettinger Tuesday.

An initial key point of interest was how much the Emmet County Conservation Board accomplishes - and with two full-time and four part-time people. By contrast, Palo Alto has five full-time and two part-time conservation employees.

Another major difference between the two counties, though, is that Emmet County oversees 300 acres of conservation lands while, according to Palo Alto County supervisor Keither Wirtz, the county to the south has 2,500 acres to supervise.

And, while Emmet County has three campgrounds it supervises, said Palo Alto County supervisor Ed Noonan, "We have hardly any campgrounds."

Palo Alto supervisors seemed visibly impressed when Emmet County Conservation Board director Eric Anderson told then that camping brings in $65,000 to $70,000 yearly to the county.

Palo Alto's conservation budget is also several times that of Emmet County's.

The supervisors also discussed the possibility of sharing a communication center.

"We're kind of duplicating it," Noonan said.

Palo Alto supervisor Jerry Hofstad floated the idea of having a comm center in Graettinger. "I think we could build a tower right here," he said.

"It would seem logical to look at that," surmised Emmet County supervisor Tim Schumacher.

The supervisors also briefly discussed the makeup of their secondary roads departments.

They agreed to meet again in one year.



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