The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Thursday approved a long-term land lease to the Emmet Animal Shelter.
The lease - for $1 a year and extending to Dec. 31, 2047 - is for a third-acre parcel just west of the south fairgrounds access road on South Seventh Avenue. Use will be limited to parking only. The animal shelter itself is on property Roy Gage donated to the nonprofit.
Under the agreement, the animal shelter will pay for any grading or surfacing and snow removal. The property may not be subletted and the shelter is required to provide liability insurance on the property and indemnify the county from any injuries anyone incurs on the property. The lease would be in default if the property were abandoned or the shelter should close. The county will have right to use the property during the spring youth rodeo, tractor pull and the Emmet County Fair.
In other business Thursday, Alan Madden was reelected chair and Ron Smith was elected vice-chair.
The board designated the Estherville News and Armstrong Journal as official county newspapers. Mileage reimbursement was set at 45 cents a mile and the board approved to again participate in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Matrix evaluation for approving siting of animal confinements.
The board also held a public hearing and approved a revision to the Booth 228 Matrix.
In the road report, county engineer Roger Patocka said crews had been out on roads Dec. 26 and 27 and Jan. 2. Patocka said broken signs had been replaced and that crews were repairing equipment.
The board approved Patocka as the county designee for Title VI Civil Rights Non Discrimination Agreement and Standard Iowa DOT Assurances.
Patocka presented bids for the A22 and A34 asphalt resurfacing projects. The A22 project is a 1.9-mile project going from Michaelson's Construction west of Armstrong while the A34 project is a 1.1-mile stretch going through Wallingford. Low bidder was Heartland Asphalt, Inc. of Algona which bid $497,580.39 for the A22 project and $357,941.46 for the A34 project, or $855,521.85 total, or 11.2 percent under the engineer's estimate of $963,668.36.
The other bidders were Tri-State Paving at $884,692.69 total, or 8.2 percent under the engineer's estimate, and Blacktop Service Co. at $961,761.06, or .2 percent under the engineer's estimate.
Patocka said he would bring the low bid to the board for approval at its meeting next Tuesday.