Humboldt council sets hearing for DD13A

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt City Council set June 3 as the date for a public hearing on the reclassification of Drainage District 13A in Humboldt Monday.

Drainage Engineer Rick Hopper of Jacobson-Westergard & Associates, Estherville, said the project is tied to other work in DD 80 North and South, which is the responsibility of the county.

Hopper said the assessments can be stretched out over as long as 20 years and it was up to the council to determine the interest rate but it looks like it will be around 6 percent.

At the request of Councilman Joe Hadar and Mayor Walter Jensen, Hopper will have a breakdown of the costs, which he estimates at $1.25 million, at the hearing.

In other business the council:

  • Approved a contract with Wunsch Construction, Greene, in the amount of $127,737 for infrastructure work including replacing several valves and hydrants, crack sealing, and street patchwork. That bid was $10,000 lower than the other bid received.
  • Approved a contract with Stoney Creek landscaping, Webster City, in the amount of $87,150 for the Sumner Avenue downtown plaza landscaping project. Thatr bid was $10,000 lower than the other bid received.
  • Approved airing a video about Humboldt on the local access channel being produced by Our Story Productions of Fairmont, Minn. The group is doing similar videos on about 40 small towns in Iowa and the same number in Minnesota to be aired on public access channels.