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Supervisors favor land lease to animal shelter

Tentative plan worked out

March 19, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday indicated it would give the go-ahead for a long-term lease of county property for the Emmet County Animal Shelter.

Board chair Alan Madden told Kristy Henning, shelter director, that the Emmet County Fair Board had recommended the property not be sold but rather that the county enter into an easement or lease on the property. Henning said at last week's board meeting that plans were to relocate a building on property donated by Roy Gage and that she would like to use the county property for parking.

Henning said Tuesday the front door of the building would be on the property line and that a sidewalk would be on fair board property.

Madden said the county would contribute use of the land to the project. However, supervisor Jon Martyr said the access road to the property, which is owned by the National Guard, could be closed if the unit is deployed for the weekend.

Henning said in that event shelter volunteers could use an alternate parking area. She also mentioned a direct access off Seventh Avenue South as a possibility.

Madden also noted the county would prefer having the parking area open for tractor pulls in June and during the fair in July. He said the board would have to contact county attorney Doug Hansen to determine the best arrangement for allowing use of the property for the shelter.

In other business, the board discussed drainage problems in the 190th Street area west of Highway 4 south of Estherville. On hand to discuss the issue were Dave Alig of ABC Construction, Randy Colsrud of ServPro and Tom Eaton of Estherville Ready Mix.

Eaton suggested that a washed-out area could be built back up to redirect a creek to its natural path and Dan Burton of the secondary roads department said something needed to be done with the pipes crossing Highway 4.

While those measures would help relieve the flow, Madden some of the flow would likely still go through the area occupied by Estherville Ready Mix, the Montandon property and ServPro.

The board approved allocating $2,000 to the Armstrong Public Library and $1,000 to the Ringsted Public Library for computers and technology. The board had earlier approved a similar request from the Estherville Public Library.

The board also heard from Brian Dalziel, Iowa Lakes Corridor senior vice president, regarding the Skilled Iowa program.

Dalziel said the program uses standardized testing to determine worker skill levels, improving the quality of workers that local employers hire.

The board also approved liquor licenses for the Estherville Elks Lodge, including Sunday sale, and Estherville Golf LLC, including Sunday sales and outdoor service area pending dram shop insurance for both applications.



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