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Emmet County Supervisors to interview candidates for engineer

Board to interview four during week of July 14

June 27, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday learned that four candidates have applied for the county engineer's position.

Scott Brunsvold is serving as interim engineer after former engineer Roger Patocka resigned in January.

According to board chair Alan Madden, five persons had applied and one since then has found another position. Madden said he had forwarded the applications to the board which agreed to interview all four candidates.

Madden said he had received questions from secondary roads staff and the supervisors and that he would compile those questions for the interviews.

Madden said that as of Tuesday the county has gone 500 days without a lost time accident.

Madden also said two county agencies - conservation and public health - had received grants from the Emmet County Community Foundation.

The board approved claims, drainage, year-end adjustments and transfers and a Class B beer permit for the Iowa Craft Beer Tent during RAGBRAI which will go through Ringsted. The board also acknowledged fireworks requests which were sent on to the sheriff's office.

A public hearing was set for 10 a.m. July 8 for the Westergard Site confinement feeding operation in Section 33 of Twelve Mile Lake Township.

In the road report, Brunsvold noted flooding was an issue. Rich Blinkmann, secondary road maintenance superintendent, said crews had to close several roads to deal with flooding and to clean up downed trees after last week's storm. Crews put in a total of 300 man hours from June 18-24, hauling 2,000 tons of gravel to fix washouts.

The board also voted to abate $1,215 in drainage assessments to US Fish & Wildlife.

In a joint meeting with the Emmet County Case Management Advisory Board before Tuesday's meeting, Dorothy Christensen, county mental health coordinator, recognized board members for their assistance. She also reviewed the 2014 client survey.

Christensen said surveys were sent to half of program participants. She said she appreciates the positive feedback and that she will strive to make improvements after receiving comments.

Christensen said all case management agencies belonging to County Social Services, of which Emmet County is a member, will merge under one umbrella. She said Emmet will still be able to serve Dickinson County clients.



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