Humboldt supervisors accept drainage commissioners report

DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors accepted the commissioners’ report setting levies involving a drainage project in Drainage District 59 Monday.

The district encompasses nearly 400 acres west of Humboldt and involves school property, residential land and ag land.

Approximately 15 people attended the public hearing. Several questioned the amounts of their levies.

Paul Lynch, owner of the Forrest Estates Mobile Home Park, said his property has had no water problems for more than 30 years and he believed some of the neighboring farmland benefits considerably more from the project than his land.

“I realize we are in a drainage district and we have to pay,” he said.

Lynch said there should be a review in the future of how housing developments are figured into drainage districts.

The mobile home park was assessed comparatively highly because there is so much hard surface area and it is treated as residential, said drainage engineer Rick Hopper, of Jacobson-Westergard & Associates, of Estherville.

Hopper said water from the district originally drained east before a housing development went in. Now the water has to be diverted to a different direction.

One farmer said the housing development was built on a flood plain and now the neighboring farms have to deal with runoff from the development.

When someone within a drainage district requests an improvement, the board has to act, said Supervisor Jerry Haverly.

The board has the right to make adjustments to the commissioners’ report Hopper said. However, Haverly said he did not want to second guess the commissioners.

The work was awarded in September 2012 to Denver Underground of Denver, Iowa, in the amount of $133,567.

The board unanimously backed the commissioners’ report.

Landowners have the right to appeal the supervisors’ decision to the district court of appeals Hopper said. The judge can change the benefits proportionately.

In other business the board awarded a contract to Gronbach Construction for repairs to the roof of the Dakota City shop. Gronbach’s quote of $25,403 was the lowest of three received. Most of the cost will be covered by insurance, said County Engineer Paul Jacobson.

The board approved the 2014 striping proposal from Vogel Traffic Services of Orange City.

Jacobson said he tries to get the center lines on secondary roads repainted at least every three years. The center lines are the most important, he said. The price of $14 a gallon for paint for 60 miles of center line and 34 miles of edge line striping is the same as in the past two years, which was also done by VTS.

The work will be done in various places throughout the county.