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County approves ambulance agreement

March 21, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with Community Ambulance Service, Inc. for ambulance service in the county.

Under the five-year contract, Emmet County will pay half of what the City of Estherville will pay. Starting this July 1, the county will pay $26,000 yearly, with a $500 increase each year, up to $28,000 for the year starting July 1, 2018.

In other business Tuesday, the board discussed a possible temporary sharing agreement with neighboring counties for the county engineer's position. Supervisor Tim Schumacher and Madden met with Palo Alto supervisors Ed Noonan and Linus Solberg last Tuesday morning about temporarily sharing an engineer. Tentative plans are for both full boards to meet 1 p.m. April 1 in Graettinger to continue the discussion.

Emmet County has also discussed temporarily sharing an engineer with Dickinson County.

The board also discussed a June 4, 2012 letter it had received from Armstrong mayor Marvin Dailey terminating the 1983 dispatching agreement between Armstrong and the county.

Supervisor Tim Schumacher said that when some of the supervisors later met with Dailey that the mayor indicated he did not intend that letter be sent.

City of Armstrong representatives have requested to meet with the supervisors at their March 25 meeting.

The board approved a tentative agreement with secondary roads employees for a 2 percent across-the-board pay increase. The clothing allowance was also increased to $200 every two years. The two-year contract also would allow secondary roads employees to receive the same pay increase as other employees if it exceeded 2 percent.

In the road report, Dan Burton, assistant to the engineer, said he had submitted a funding application for a road project.

Burton also said work had been done on 570th Avenue south of Highway 9 just southeast of Ringsted.

Burton also cautioned the board about tile outlets in ditches.

"All they do is destroy a road," Burton said. "We've always said you have to find a tile and tie in to that."

The board also met with Roxanne Christensen, Emmet County weed commissioner, and Don Reffer of B&W Control to approve a contract for weed control this season for $70,658.

Reffer discussed control of the emerald ash borer which is already in nine Iowa counties. He said trees need to be treated before borers get started, adding that if people wait until they see signs of the borer that it's too late.

The board also set a public hearing for April 1 for the CAH Livestock Hoffman 1 site two miles east and three miles south of Huntington.



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