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Supervisors hear request for bike event

April 2, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard a request that county roads be used for bicycle time trails.

Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems asked the board that portions of Emmet County A22 and N24 be used for the Tuesday Nite Bicycle Time Trial Series this summer.

County engineer Roger Patocka noted riders would be participating at their own risk and that insurance would be required for the event. The board noted box culvert construction in the area toward the end of the time trials.

Grems also talked about the RWC Triathlon Saturday, May 25.

The board approved retaining Brick Gentry law firm to work on abandonment of a portion of 500th Avenue south of Maple Hill. Board chair Alan Madden said the process could be shortened if landowners share their abstracts.

Jon Martyr shared that he had opposed having counties pay an equal share for belonging to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. Membership is currently based on population.

Patocka also presented a map to supervisors with county roads for possible future weight limits. Patocka said he would propose limits of six tons per axle - the same as in Palo Alto County.

The board also met with Roxanne Christensen, Emmet County weed commissioner, and Don Reffer of B&W Control regarding proposed weed spraying.

Sheriff Mike Martens presented Civil Service Commission appointments for approval. They include Sonja Fagre and

Eric Anderson who are currently serving.

The board also approved a coalition memorandum of understanding between emergency responders countywide and Avera Holy Family Hospital.

Martens also reported a clean bill of health on the recent jail inspection report. He said the only thing noted was not having a 24-hour-a-day jailer. He said the inspector noted improvements in the camera and phone systems and mattresses.

"We've got it buttoned up pretty well now," Martens said. "We have a very good inspection. It's not very often that they don't find something wrong with you."

Martens said jail numbers are running to within 30 of what they were last year. He also noted that jail meal costs were cut nearly in half - from $16,500 to $8,900 - after installation of the kitchen for the jail.

Martens said hot meals are procured off-site while cold meals are prepared inside.

Frank Johnson of Secure Benefits and Denise Ballard of IGHCP gave an update in healthcare insurance.



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