By Steve Peterson
At their Aug. 19 meeting, Plymouth County supervisors continued discussion of raising of 180th Street 1.5 feet at River’s Bend Wildlife Area, which will be done this fall to prevent future flooding concerns at the new pond.
Dirt will come from nearby Higman Sand and Gravel properties, said Supervisor Jim Henrich.
“When the high water came, it made high water marks where the trash line was. The elevation is 1130 feet. The tops of the dikes are 1133 and 1134. We’re about three feet from the trash line to the top of the dikes. The water backed up from the river and came across 180th Street, and went back into the pond. The high water was about six inches below the road elevation. We want to protect this pond so it won’t ever happen again. If we raised the road 1.5 feet we would be about a foot above the high water mark,” said County Secondary Road Engineer Tom Rohe.
“In the past the water never went across the road,” said Rohe.
Hiking-bike trail in Hinton
Nancy Smith of the Hinton Beautification Committee came to the supervisors to seek support for a Tribute Trail for American Flags along two blocks of Hinton, near downtown businesses.
“We are at the very beginning stages. We’re looking to build a hiking and biking trail. We want to extend a current trail so it would cross Titan Street, and put it behind the businesses so you can see it from Highway 75 and it will be connected to a park,” said Smith.
“The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors supports recreational opportunities within the cities of Plymouth County and
“The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors endorses the application by the City of Hinton for a Regional Transportation Enhancement Project Grant for a walking-bike trail within the City of Hinton and as well as any other grant opportunities that become available,” stated the resolution.
Supervisors approved the resolution by a 3-0 vote. Supervisors Craig Anderson and Jack Guenthner were not present.
Smith said the trail project is just in the beginning stage. The residential area does not have sidewalks.
Rohe talked about plans for a future Tax Increment Finance (TIF) project in Merrill for improvement of Main and Third Street, from Iowa Highway 75 west to the city limits, and Third Street for 1.5 blocks. Supervisors favored work to be done there in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 with planning the year before. The estimated $500,000 project would be an asphalt overlay.
“If we can wait a year, it would be better,” said Henrich. YES update
Youth Emergency Services (YES) met Aug. 15, and Kass, the county’s liaison, reported that the tracker program has now ended with payments going to staff for final work of $6,000. “Due to state reimbursement in the future, we may finish last month fairly good,” he said.
Conservation Board Aug. 14 meeting
Director Nick Beeck reported that the seasonal staff’s last day was Aug. 22 and they did a good job.
Unlike the past, there will not be an NCC Americorps Crew here this fall due to other locale’s work.
Regarding River’s Bend Wildlife Area, near Akron, there will be a restocking of fish next spring. Pheasants Forever donated prairie seed.
Plymouth County supervisors did not meet Aug. 26 due to lack of agenda items and will not meet on Sept. 2 due to Labor Day.