The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a two-year contract with Estherville Ambulance Service.
According to City of Estherville administrator Penny Clayton, who presented the contract to the board, the last five-year contract which was negotiated in 2009 expires June 30. Due to impacts on budgets from the commercial/industrial property tax rollback and from the Affordable Care Act, Clayton said a two-year contract was proposed, with the county continuing with its current $25,500 yearly payment for another year, starting July 1, and the City of Estherville $51,000. Starting July 1, 2015, the county will pay $26,000 and the city $52,000.
Clayton said there would be a six-month window for termination.
The board approved the agreement as well as a bid by Heartland Asphalt, Inc. of Algona for $855,521.85 for asphalt resurfacing of A22 and A34. The A22 project would be 1.9 miles from Michaelson Construction on Highway 9 then east while the A34 project would be 1.1 miles through Wallingford. County engineer Roger Patocka said the county's only cost would be for signage.
In the road report, Patocka said crews had been checking roads and doing maintenance work.