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Miller talks housing with supervisors

By Staff | Dec 2, 2016

Kiley Miller, executive director of the Iowa Lakes Corridor of Opportunity, told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors he had a large concern for housing in Emmet County.

Miller said, “A developer from the Twin Cities was interested in new, single-family construction in the Estherville market.”

Miller said, “I don’t know how we’re going to reconcile price point vs. the market’s demand.”

Miller said Iowans were used to paying less for housing in general, and many are unwilling to pay market price for a new home.

“For an apartment, a new building owner would have to be getting about $850 to make owning the building workable,”?Miller said.

“In Iowa, and I think throughout the upper Midwest, we’re just used to paying less than the cost,”?Miller said.

Miller thanked the supervisors for their support, and said exciting news coming up included the entreneneurial work happening, and the weekly services available through the USDA?grant.

Lyle Hevern, Economic Development Director, said, “We received a $50,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development, matched by $51,000 provided by the Emmet County Board of Supervisors, to provide technical assistance for local and area entrepreneurs. The services will be provided in Studio 12, on the 2nd floor of the Excel Building. The grant will also purchase technology equipment and furniture to enhance the technical assistance being provided.”

Miller said the Dakota Pack expansion and future name change were exciting news.

Miller said the county and Corridor region could do better in communicating when a business was for sale. “We don’t want to miss sales.?We talk to buyers all the time,”?Miller said.

The supervisors approved the spending of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST)?funds for the Armstrong Benefitted Fire Department for their request of $13,024, four to one (Jeff Quastad dissenting, The supervisors also approved $7,500 toward repairs of the Dolliver City Hall.

Mary Rose Rezac of the City of Dolliver said, “With this bid, they would fill the cracks and level the surface, then put a floor on top of it. It would be like the material used for a garage floor.”

The Emmet County Fair Board also came back with several bids. The supervisors approved the low bid, which was from Mata Construction, with materials coming from Estherville Building Center. The supervisors approved $37,434 for the fair project, pending inspection of the poles.

A?fireworks permit for Dec. 16 was approved for the Rosberg family at 1035 430th Street for an anniversary party.

The next meeting of the supervisors will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Board room of the Emmet County Courthouse.