Gravel dominates supervisors’ discussion
How much gravel to apply and where to put it was a primary topic for the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The discussion began when Board Chair Alan Madden asked County Engineer Roger Patocka the condition of county roads.
“Not too bad,” Patocka said, noting some frost heaves. He said gravel roads were not a problem for lighter vehicles; however, he did note a problem with heavier vehicles. “Compared to what some of the other counties have, it’s not that bad,” he said.
When asked by supervisor Randy Beaver how much gravel was being applied this year, Patocka said 4,000 to 4,500 tons.
Beaver, who worked on county roads for many years, offered concerns about plans for the amount of gravel being applied to county roads.
“My priority as supervisor is that the gravel roads get gravel and the roads get plowed,” Beaver said. “Some of these miles may not get gravel for years at this point.”
Beaver hopes to have 25 miles of county gravel roads receive an average additional 300 tons of gravel per mile.
Supervisor Jim Jenson said he would like Patocka to be the one who determines where gravel should be applied while Beaver said grader operators should also be able to give their opinion. “This won’t do the hog confinement roads,” Beaver said.
Patocka acknowledged seeing more damage on roads where hog confinements are located.
In other business, the board held a joint conference call with Kossuth and Palo Alto counties regarding joint drainage district TRI 84.
The joint boards agreed to allow a party to remove trees from a ditch in Section 5 of Fenton Township in Kossuth County as long as stumps are cut to a management height and treated.