Supervisors reject floodplain work request

Posted November 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

by Steve Peterson

Plymouth County Supervisors voted 4-0 to deny the request of residents to share in the cost of services of Olsson Associates Inc. of Lincoln, Neb.

It was suggested by a homeowners group to do the floodplain work, including determining if federal or state wetlands exist, at 240th Street in Sioux Township near Westfield.

The county owns land nearby and the street. Residents are seeking permission to have a culvert lowered.

“It would open up a pandora’s box,” said Supervisor Don Kass.

“I don’t see any benefit to the rest of the county,” said Supervisor Jack Guenthner.

A $1,000 contribution from the county for the work, which supervisors told residents is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was requested. The total price is $10,000.

In other business, Supervisors:

• Reviewed and approved Plymouth County Courthouse tuck pointing change order. Schnoover Inc. is doing the work at the courthouse building in Le Mars. This will cost from $80,000 to $100,000.

• Heard from Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe about his weekly construction update.

Rohe reported on the delayed finish of the bridges on County Road C-38. The contractor, Gulbertson Inc. is now in a penalty phase, $500 a day for each bridge.

• Supervisor Guenthner gave the board an update on the Mental Health Services regionalization.

“We had a meeting last week about the transition in Des Moines. They expect there will be 15 regions with two to 18 counties in them. There are applications for one- and two-county regions. I think progress is going decent. State DHS Director Charles Palmer said it is going better than he thought it would,” said Guenthner.

Plymouth, Sioux, Woodbury and Cherokee counties have agreed to form a region for Mental Health Services. Ida County may also ask to join the group.

• Held a closed session.

• Noted the Iowa State Association of Counties’ Fall Session will be Nov. 28 – 30.

• Plymouth County supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Plymouth County courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, in Le Mars. Meetings are open to the public.

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