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Supervisors approve budget amendment

By Staff | May 30, 2014

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a budget amendment to cover $197,639 in additional expenditures.

The expenses included $84,000 in transportation, $63,339 for mental health, $32,300 for public safety and legal services and $18,000 for physical health and social services.

The changes include $60,000 for an excavator payment and $24,000 for payment for the services of interim Emmet County Engineer Scott Brunsvold. The $84,000 is being transferred from rural services to the secondary roads budget.

Other costs are for receipt and disbursement of Public Health Immunization Grant funds; to allow for additional mental health expenditures; to allow for additional sheriff, jail and communication expenditures in salaries and information technology; and to allow for additional expenditures in the medical examiner’s budget.

In other business Tuesday, board chair Alan Madden said the county had gone 453 days without a lost-time injury.

The board also discussed US Fish & Wildlife paying drainage assessments.

Madden said he had contacted drainage attorney Jim Hudson who said the USF&W had interpreted incorrectly that it was not subject to paying drainage fees. According to Madden, Hudson said that since USF

&W had received a benefit that it was not exempt from paying for drainage. County treasurer Vickie Jurrens said USF&W owned the county $1,200 in drainage assessments.

Supervisor Ron Smith said the matter also needed to be presented to John Torbert, executive director of the Iowa Drainage District Association.

The board also met with Brunsvold and Dan Burton, assistant to the Emmet County engineer, about current road projects. About 55 percent of gravel has been spread and crews are starting dust control.

The board approved the Iowa Department of Transportation’s request to use county roads for a detour for summer 2015 construction on Highway 4 by Jim Hall Habitat.

The board also discussed the engineer application process, including applications received and current newspaper advertising.