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Gold Star Memorial receives more support

By Staff | Jun 29, 2017

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors moved ahead with a pair of items that will receive funding from the county’s Local Option Sales Tax funds.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board approved $15,000 from that fund for Gold Star Family Memorial, a monument to honor the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

Emmet County Emergency Manager Terry Reekers heads the monument committee.

The monument will honor those who died in U.S. wars from World War I to the current conflicts in Afghanistan-the most recent loss being SSG Steve Blass.

Reekers reported Wednesday that a second donation for the project came from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa for the amount of $7,500. The total cost of the project will be approximately $48,000 and the Gold Star Families Memorial Committee will be seeking other funds and donations. This monument is created and dedicated to the families of Emmet County, and State of Iowa that have lost a family member in any war or conflict. The monument will show the different branches of the military as well as pictures showing family members loving their soldier and remembering their service to America.

Terry Reekers is the Project Coordinator and works with a committee of six others, some of which have lost loved ones in battle.

“Thank you to the Board of Supervisors and the Community Foundation for their financial assistance in this important project for Emmet County,” said Reekers.

The Gold Star project is in need of more financial assistance and if you would like to make a donation you can mail it to Terry Reekers 114 N. Sixth St. Ste. 3 Estherville, IA and checks can be made out to the Hershel “Woody” Williams Gold Star Project/Emmet County.

To see the actual monument and here the story go to https://youtu.be/DdVDiA1gZ8g .

The supervisors previously approved placing the monument outside the Emmet Courthouse near the flagpole.

Funds approved for “Grow With Us” campaign

In other business, the supervisors approved $25,000 in LOST funds for the second year of the “Grow With Us” campaign. It provides assistance to existing small businesses in the county with plans to expand. The criteria to apply for these grants are that it has to be an existing small business, be locally owned and have been in business for at least one year.

At a previous meeting, Emmet County Economic Development Director Lyle Hevern said eight local businesses had the opportunity to take advantage of the program last year. However, none were outside of Estherville and Hevern said his office would make more effort to spread the word around the county.

Also Tuesday, the board approved a supplement agreement for the final design of Emmet Hill Bridge with Calhoun-Burns and Associates, Inc., in the amount of approximately $33,000. Emmet County engineer Walter Davis-Oeth discussed the two other bridges that will need to be replaced on county road N52. He suggested the board let out construction bids for all three bridges at the same time with one contractor doing the work. The board approved to hire Kirkham and Michael to complete the design work on the other two N52 bridges for a cost around $32,400.

The board reviewed a petition to reclassify drainage district 40 and part of drainage district 70. The board tabled reclassifying #70, pending work in Minnesota. The board approved moving forward with the reclassification of drainage district $40.

The board approved the following fireworks permit applications: LeeAnn and Cody Egel at 3630 Hwy 9, Estherville; Roman P. Eisenbacher at 5340 200 St, Ringsted; Rick A. Fox at 1267 360th Ave, Estherville; Ricky Sathoff at 1556 570th Ave., Armstrong; and Jill & Brad White, 3710 130th St., Estherville.