Supervisors OK loan request

The Webster County Board of Supervisors signed an endorsement letter during its meeting Tuesday for the city of Fort Dodge’s application for funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

Chad Schaeffer, Fort Dodge director of engineering, business affairs and community growth, reported to the board that the city is working with Webster County Conservation on the effort to help fund projects that would improve local watersheds.

“This is a great project we are working on with the city and county that we will submit to the DNR,” said Schaeffer, referring to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We are asking for $3.1 million.”

If Fort Dodge and Webster County are awarded a portion of the funds, they would be granted a loan with a lowered interest rate to complete the projects.

“We would get more money for more projects because the interest rates would be lower,” said Schaeffer.

Possible projects that could be funded with the loans include improving the Badger Lake Watershed, bank improvements at Snell-Crawford Park and modification or removal of the Hydroelectric Dam.

In other business, the board approved the signing of a 28E agreement with the city of Fort Dodge for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund program, placed on file a manure management plan update for Carl Sandgren in Section 23 of Roland Township, and set 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 as the time and date for a public hearing on the first consideration to adopt an ordinance regulating the operation of all-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicles in Webster County.