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Supervisors OK drainage district repairs

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

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a bid by Valley Contracting Inc. of Estherville of $10,730 for repairs of Drainage District No. 44.

The bid was under the $11,250 estimate, and engineer Scott Brunsvold said work was scheduled to be done by August.

Board chair Alan Madden said Bryan Hellyer of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources indicated the DNR and NRCS would sign off on the work, part of which includes a wetland easement. Madden also noted that since the work is maintenance and not an improvement the Corps of Engineers would not be involved.

In other business Tuesday the board approved fireworks requests for Kent Larsen of Ringsted for July 4 and Larry Anderson of Estherville for July 27.

The board also did a canvass of the Armstrong-Ringsted and Sentral school merger special election. Voters approved the merger which takes effect July 1, 2014.

Madden said the county was also close to vacating two sections of 500th Avenue south of Maple Hill. He said it appears the land will revert to adjacent landowners who will be responsible for reclaiming the property.

Robert and Theresa Christensen came before the board regarding the county's consideration of buying the BASF property northeast of Estherville. The county would use the property for county shop offices and possibly equipment and supply storage.

"We're in need of some kind of a shop out there," explained supervisor Ron Smith, adding that having the shop outside of town would be another benefit.

Madden said secondary roads also needed more space, especially for engineering department offices.

"The first thing the engineer would move back there," Smith told Christensen.

Theresa Christensen said BASF had done an excellent job of keeping up the property.

"We sold it to them thinking they would have it for quite some time," she said.

Madden said the existing county shops in Armstrong and Ringsted are kept up well too, adding that the county has a standard it needs to live up to.

County engineer Roger Patocka said crews had been blading, mowing and building up roads.



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