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Roads to be closed for elevator burn

By Staff | Jul 22, 2009

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved closing two roads in Wallingford for a controlled elevator burn Sunday, Aug. 16.

Wallingford Fire Chief Jarrod Fischer asked that the county close St. James Street from Highway 4 to Second Street and Winfield Street off Highway 4 and north of St. James. Fischer said he would like people to take County N32 to get in and out of Wallingford from approximately 8-11 a.m. on Aug. 16. Aug. 30 has been set as an alternative date.

Fischer said 20 fire departments and three ambulance services will be on hand when two feed mills are burned.

Supervisor Ron Smith asked Fischer whether there would be any problems with hazardous materials.

“There’s no asbestos in the building,” Smith said, noting that the structures had been inspected for asbestos four months ago.

Fischer said only tankers will be involved since Wallingford’s water lines couldn’t handle the draw.

“We can’t hook up trucks in town. The line will collapse,” Fischer said. Instead, water will come from the City of Estherville’s water line on Highway 4 near the chicken plant and from High Lake and Ingham Lake.

The board approved the road closing request, pending appropriate documentation by the county engineer.

In other business Tuesday:

n The board approved the Substance Abuse Prevention Service fiscal year 2009 final report.

n The board approved a transfer of $16,900 to the Conservation Board trust fund.

n Emmet County Auditor Mikki Erickson discussed clarifications in the county Worker’s Compensation policy

n In the road report, Roger Patocka, county engineer, said oversize load permits are required for hay haulers that use licensed vehicles and trailers to haul hay. The permits allow haulers to carry loads up to 75 feet long, 12.5 feet side and 13.5 feet high. The permits are not required of unlicensed farm vehicles.

n Patocka said signs should soon be removed from County N26 and that paving started on N22 Monday night.

n The board agreed to meet Don Reffer, who has the contract for weed spraying for the county, 10 a.m. July 28 to inspect drainage areas around the county.