Supervisors set reclassification hearing

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The Emmet County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, Sept. 14 meeting set a public hearing date for an amended ED # Drainage District reclassification and amended annexation hearing.
In a telephonic meeting with the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, the board set 11 a.m. Oct. 12 for the public hearing for the amended ED 3 reclassification and 11:20 for the amended ED 3 annexation. In the meeting, Emmet County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff Quastad questioned bills the county had received for reclassification. Supervisor John Pluth noted there was no benefit to certain members of the district.
In other business, the board renewed a 28E agreement among the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the supervisors and Emmet County Public Health. According to Emmet County Environmental Health Director Ben Huntley, one change is a provision that permitting wells near contaminated sites will now fall under the DNR.
In supervisor comments during the public forum, Supervisor Todd Glasnapp, reporting on a Monday safety meeting, said there have been 90 days without a lost-time accident and that safety consultant Mike Ranor was recommending a twice-yearly fire drill for the Courthouse.
Pluth discussed an Iowa Lakes Corridor meeting in which members discussed a $350 million soybean crushing plant in Storm Lake. Pluth said the Corridor’s annual banquet will honor large and small companies and a young entrepreneur.
Quastad said the Iowa Drainage District Association would meet in the Courthouse boardroom Wednesday, Sept. 22. Glasnapp said a DNR representative will be at the following week’s meeting at 10 a.m.
Supervisor Tim Schumacher said the RIDES and Northwest Iowa Planning groups would meet on Thursday. Auditor Amy Sathoff said the board would need to pass a 28E agreement with anyone receiving county money, except for those entities to which the county is already obligated.
The board also approved a change in a fireworks permit for Dr. Jim Creech.
Sathoff noted a candidate filing period for the Nov. 2 combined city/school election is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
The board also approved drainage and claims.

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