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Patocka notes road damages

By Staff | Apr 27, 2011

County engineer Roger Patocka told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that heavy trucks are taking their toll – and then some – on county roads.

Patocka was referring specifically to breakup of County P-12 southeast of Ringsted in front of a livestock confinement. In addition, he noted rutting on County A-17 at Highway 4 which he attributed to asphalt hauling for a DOT project.

He said he had contacted the DOT office in Mason City regarding that damage, and hoped to get the $12,000 to repair the county road at the intersection.

“We have to keep an eye on it,” Patocka said, noting that Arkansas has been vigilant in enforcing load limits.

In other business, the board approved a contract with Don Reffer of Brush and Weed Control Specialists for $67,571.80 for weed control.

Bernard Nielsen, who had appeared before the board last week to urge weed spraying only when necessary, was at Tuesday’s meeting again to note that Iowa Code dictated spraying as a last resort.

Reffer said his company strives for minimum environmental impact and does more of a broadcast spot spray.

“We’ve had the Department of Agriculture come in and ride with the guys,” Reffer said. “We’re not treating every inch of every mile.”

Nielsen said he was concerned about people harvesting asparagus, noting again one person who had picked some plants just 20 minutes after the ditch was sprayed.

“This is not my program,” Reffer said, adding that he was merely following the county’s wishes and that he “took a real browbeating” two years ago when he spot sprayed.