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Preventive maintenance -County to put violators on notice on county road damage

By Staff | Feb 6, 2008

You break it, you buy it.

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided that it will put haulers damaging county gravel roads on notice and that the next time they damage county roads, they’ll be paying for them.

County Engineer Roger Patocka noted gravel road damage in three areas of the county:

n On the Minnesota state line in Section 7 of Lincoln Township. Patocka said damages were $2,073.83.

n Swan Lake Township. Damages to a road there were $1,401.24.

n Jack Creek Township Sections 28-29. Damages were $572.11.

When Patocka asked the board’s direction, various suggestions were floated until Supervisor Jim Jenson said a copy of the damage total could be sent to haulers as a warning with the stipulation that the next time damage occurred there would be a bill.

“I think we need to let them know that this is your warning,” Jenson said.

In his road report, Patocka said it cost $44,000 to repair a motor grader transmission.

In other business, Public Health Director Karen Moritz said she would like to hire a full-time certified nursing assistant to replace a retiring employee.

In other business, the supervisors rescinded a levy on drainage districts No. 56, Lateral 3 and No. 105.

Jenson said the Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee has enough money in its budget to run for 18 months. Emmet County shares in the cost of operation of the center.

The board approved budgeting $5,000 to EXCEL Estherville which will implement Estherville’s strategic plan.

Arvin Druvenga of Winther-Stove reviewed the county audit report for the period ended June 30, 2007.

While the audit showed that the county adhered to standard accounting principles, Druvenga noted:

n There could be more segregation of duties in county offices. However, he acknowledged that could be difficult given staff size.

n Four small accounts in the sheriff’s budget could be closed and retained by the treasurer.

n Funds in the appraiser’s office should be split into two accounts, something which was done July 1, 2007.

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Emmet County audit report released

Winther, Stave & Co., LLP has released an audit report on Emmet County for the year ended June 30, 2007.

The county had local tax revenue of $13,190,120 for the year ended June 30, 2007, which included $731,237 in tax credits from the state. The county forwarded $9,500,840 of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities, and other taxing bodies in the county.

The county retained $3,689,280 of the local tax revenue to finance county operations, an 8.1 percent increase from the prior year. Other revenues included charges for services of $285,915, operating grants and contributions of $1,561,965, capital grants and contributions of $1,200,476, unrestricted grants and contributions of $1,386,054, unrestricted investment earnings of $194,698, and other general revenues of $861,940.

Expenses for county operations totaled $7,422,922, an 8.2 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses included $2,095,739 for roads and transportation, $1,667,757 for mental health, and $1,273,933 for public safety and legal services.

A copy of the audit is available for review in the office of the Auditor of State and the County Auditor’s Office.