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Supervisors welcome Heerdt back to board

By Staff | May 26, 2010

Don Heerdt

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday welcomed Don Heerdt to the board.

Heerdt, who previously served on the board, replaces the late Randy Beaver.

In other business, the board approved a current-year budget amendment. The amendment includes another $56,000 in revenues – $43,000 from an H1N1 grant and $13,000 from the EMS grant. Expenses were $38,000 for local health/bioterrorism, $5,100 homemaker/home health-aide wages, $13,000 ambulance-distributing grant funds, $28,000 sheriff wages and $2,000 for zoning for fees for drafting the wind turbine ordinance.

Deb Tietje, who is assuming the duties as the new veterans service officer to replace Larry Sundall who is retiring, told the board grant money could be used to buy a new air conditioner at the annex.

The board called engineer Roger Patocka’s attention to dust control and level B road issues.

“The only added expense is that extra 10 minutes or 15 minutes of driving and a little extra fuel,” said supervisor Alan Madden.

Supervisor Jim Jenson noted there will be more dust control issues on county gravel roads with Highway 9 construction.

Patocka said he will request proposals for underground tank removal at the county shop. He said government money is still available for the project.

The board appointed Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Dusty Embree as the county’s representative to the Western Iowa Tourism Region.

Ellen Picray, supervisor at the Department of Human Services office, said DHS will have the inside of the building painted and the carpets cleaned at the agency’s expense.