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Ditch cleaning discussed

By Staff | Jul 9, 2008

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday spent a fair amount of time discussing ditch cleaning.

In certain locations throughout the county, ditches have apparently silted in with dirt and gravel to the extent that it’s become a matter of significant concern, said Supervisor Jim Jenson.

“We need to make this a priority instead of a fill-in thing,” Jenson said.

“In my opinion, we can’t afford to hire it done,” said Supervisor Randy Beaver who was a grader operator for a number of years.

Jenson said county road crews did not have time to do the work so the county needed to hire it done. He suggested the county could possibly provide equipment to help defray the cost.

“I can’t imagine the cost if we would hire it done,” Beaver said.

“What would the cost be if we don’t,” Jenson said, noting the cost of wages and benefits. “We need to take a targeted area and put those prices together so we’re prepared.”

Board Chair Alan Madden suggested the county crews could repair areas where the road could just be built up.

“We kind of need to get the county engineer involved in these thoughts, don’t we?” suggested Supervisor Roger Anderson.

“I’m saying take two miles of road and see what it costs to get it done,” Jenson said.

In other business, the board:

n Approved appropriating the fiscal 2009 budget.

n Appointed Greg Matheson to fill the remainder of the term of Steve Weisman on the Emmet County Conservation Board.

n Heard a road report from County Engineer Roger Patocka.

n Approved utility permits for River Valley Telecommunications Co-op and Iowa Lakes Electric Co-op.