By Steve Peterson
Plymouth County supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the official canvas of election results from the special election of Aug. 6 at their regular meeting Aug. 13. The vote continued the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funding and won in all precincts except Craig.
“There were 1,085 total votes cast and the election cost $14,557.38,” said Auditor Stacey Feldman.
Officials estimated that the City of Craig will lose $84,000 in LOST revenues due to a 2-0 negative vote.
The rural total was 153 in favor and 65 against. In Akron the LOST question won 73-3.
Cities will be billed for their share of the election as a percentage from their total number of registered voters.
One difference was the Le Mars precincts had machines so their total would be a $3,376 cost, said Feldman.
“We had four workers at each precinct it was a struggle because two of our main workers weren’t available,” said Feldman.
No absentee votes came in after election day. The canvass was approved 4-0 vote. Supervisor Craig Anderson was absent.
Other agenda items
Supervisor Jim Henrich reported a smooth opening to the New Akron Care Center site last week.
Reviewed and approved, by a 4-0 vote, the County Semi Annual Settlement of Funds Report. The county had a $6,491,091.39 net balance on hand as of June 30; it was for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
“Other counties are very envious of our financial position,” said Supervisor Don Kass.
Set an item on the agenda for Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. to discuss the Higman Pond, known as River’s Bend Recreation Area, south of Akron and the agreement with the county.
Set a public hearing for 10 a.m., Sept. 10, for the agreement for rebates for Van’s Sanitation of Le Mars.
Heard a report on construction projects from County Engineer Tom Rohe.
Jordan Plendl, a farm renter off County Road C-60 near Kingsley, informed Rohe of a possible Right of Way proposal. Plendl wished to move a fence and contacted Rohe. Rohe said the nearby bridge will be on the schedule to be replaced in four years and it was a good idea to take care of a ROW sale now.
“About three-five hundredths of an acre is involved. We have it in the schedule to replace a bridge. We would need to widen out the ROW from 33 to 60 then make it 45 feet at his house yard. The nearby landowner is Randall Brady. We asked him if he would be willing to sell us the ROW. He said ‘it would be OK because the county will probably do it anyway’,” said Rohe.
“Be sure to thank Jordan for thinking ahead,” said Supervisor Don Kass.
In his weekly construction project update Rohe said:
“Our staff is working on some of the field driveways on County Road C-38 and K-42 and hauled dirt material in there and pushed the shoulders back and the driveways are done and ready for people when harvest starts,” said Rohe.
Dixon Construction is decking the bridge now. They will be pouring the deck of the 160th Street bridge the last week in August.
“Lieber Construction is doing the grading work at 160th. They have graded from Mohaghanny up to the bridge,” said Rohe.
Regarding road projects Christensen Brothers is almost done with its work for a bridge replacement at Fawn Avenue near Iowa Highway 3. Grading would still have to be done before the road is reopened.
The Secondary Road Department announced that as of Aug. 14, 310th Street from Shamrock Avenue to Tamarack Avenue will be closed to local traffic only for a bridge replacement with a culvert project until about Aug. 28.
Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meets each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the first floor boardroom of Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be Aug. 20. There will not be a meeting Sept. 3.