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Dickinson moves forward with bridge replacement

By Staff | Jun 13, 2009

SPIRIT LAKE – In a brief meeting Friday, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors gave the OK to county engineer Dan Eckert to move forward with replacing the 210th Street bridge, also known as Spooky Hollow Bridge, on the Little Sioux River.

Eckert said farmers have had problems getting equipment across the bridge and that there has also been loss of life at that location.

The board also approved assistant county attorney Lonnie Saunders to request the opinion of the attorney general on the Lower Gar Outlet issue.

Saunders said the supervisors can meet with him to formalize the questions to present to the attorney general.

County supervisor Paul Johnson asked for guidance from the other supervisors regarding the cornerstone laying ceremony at the courthouse on Sunday, June 14.

Johnson was concerned with keeping the sidewalk clear for the color guard. The public has been invited to bring lawn chairs, and Johnson wanted to make sure they didn’t set the chairs on the sidewalk. It was decided that they would have signs designating where to put chairs and volunteers would guide attendees to proper seating areas.

Johnson speculated that the majority of people attending would be senior citizens, and wanted to plan for medical emergency situations. “Plan for the worst and hope for the best,” said Johnson.

The board also discussed closing the street earlier so cars wouldn’t be blocked in when the barricades are put in place. It was decided that they could move the barricades to allow people out of the area.