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Supervisors approve insurance documents

April 18, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a number of documents to send to the Iowa Insurance Commissioner, and the board was also told that the county's insurance renewal will carry a 3.5 percent increase, including commission.

Frank Johnson of Secure Benefits Insurance told the board of changes in how the county's membership in the insurance trust is handled, noting that the trust has saved the county a lot of money over the years.

In other business Tuesday, the board approved the Elks Lodge liquor license including Sunday sales pending dram shop insurance.

Supervisors Tim Schumacher and Ron Smith also updated the board on water issues in DD44.

Dan Burton, assistant to the Emmet County engineer, and secondary roads foreman Rich Blinkmann said crews had been blading and putting down gravel. The board agreed to a request from Linn Ries to open-cut a gravel road to install pipe for a surface water pump system with additional requirements recommended by Brunsvold and Burton.

The board approved Resolution 14-06 authorizing Scott Brunsvold as interim county engineer to sign off on Farm-to-Market and federal or state aid construction projects.

Supervisor Jon Martyr updated the board on billing for the mercury spill July 23, 2012 in Armstrong. The board authorized payment of $652 to North Central Regional Emergency Response Commission for reimbursement of actual costs on hazmat cleanup of the Jason King/Todd Peterson property. The board also discussed the possibility that $84,000 in charges by Envirosol of Kansas City to clean up the spill at Dale's Rec might be paid through the EPA Superfund.

"We'll end up paying the Dale's one" said Martyr, referring to another $1,119.08 bill from the response team for the spill at Dale's Rec.

Dorothy Christensen, mental health coordinator, said that due to new rules indirect case management costs can only be 23 percent of direct cost. She said the costs might be reduced through County Social Services.



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