March 27, 2007
Board Room, Courthouse
Present: Alan Madden, Chairman
Absent: Randy Beaver
At 8:30 a.m. Alan Madden, Chairman, called the meeting to order. Moved by Jenson, seconded
by Anderson to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting as written. All ayes, motion carried.
The Board discussed a resolution regarding road use tax funds. Moved by Smith, seconded by
Jenson to approve the resolution as follows. All ayes, motion carried.
EMMET COUNTY RESOLUTION #07-08
WHEREAS, Senators Rielly and Noble, Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the
Transportation Committee, are seeking input concerning transportation needs with public meetings that
are being held throughout the state; and
WHEREAS, the Road Use Tax Fund is an important source of support for construction and
maintenance projects at the city, county and state level; and
WHEREAS, an integral part of that R.U.T.F. is the fuel tax, which has not increased since 1989,
and during that timeframe construction costs have more that doubled; and
WHEREAS, the Iowa Good Roads Association the Iowa County Supervisor’s Association, the
Iowa County Engineer’s Association and a consortium of additional public and private individuals and
organizations, has promoted the TIME-21 program (Transportation Investment Moves the Economy in
the 21st Century) to underscore that steady deterioration of the construction dollar; and
WHEREAS, TIME-21 supports the Iowa Department of Transportation’s request for an additional
$200 million added to the R.U.T.F. that would be committed to roadway infrastructure and would be
generated by increasing transportation-related fees;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Emmet County Board of Supervisors recognizes
the vital role that our transportation system performs for Iowa and encourages the legislature to consider
funding alternatives to increase revenue to the Road Use Tax Fund.
Resolved this 27th day of March, 2007.
Alan Madden, Chairman
Beverly Juhl, Auditor
The Board held a public hearing on a lease/purchase agreement for new operating software. The
total is $130,673 to be paid over a period of 5 years. There were no comments from the public. Moved
by Smith, seconded by Anderson to approve and sign the agreement. All ayes, motion carried.
The Board discussed the grievance that was brought to them two weeks ago. Moved by Jenson,
seconded by Smith that at the advice of attorneys the Board sign a letter upholding the decision to deny
the grievance and dismiss the employee. Roll call vote. Ayes: Anderson, Jenson, Smith, Madden. Nays:
none. Motion carried.
Roger Patocka, County Engineer, presented quotes for crack filling of approximately 25 miles
with a completion date of June 8. Moved by Smith, seconded by Jenson to approve the low quote of
$36,459.23 from Hardline Asphalt, Mountain Lake, MN. All ayes, motion carried.
Moved by Jenson, seconded by Anderson to approve a claim to McClure Engineering for services
on Joint Drainage District EPK#84 for $1,457.50. All ayes, motion carried. The claim will be forwarded
to Palo Alto County.
Sue Nelson, Community Foundation, presented an update on the activities of the Foundation. The
Foundation receives funds from the State. The money goes to counties that do not have a gambling
facility and comes from gambling revenues. The Foundation receives grant application from various
organizations in Emmet County and distributes the money based on the applications. To date they have
received over $130,000.
At 10:00 there was a conference call with Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties regarding Joint District
EKPA#1 (TRI84). The purpose of the meeting is to let bids on a project in that district. The low bid was
from Valley Construction, Estherville for $99,250.00. It was voted to accept the bid. Complete minutes
can be found in the drainage record book.
Moved by Jenson, seconded by Anderson to approve a liquor license for Riverview Golf Course.
All ayes. Motion carried.
Darrell Burgess met with the Board to request the Board to abate back taxes on an abandoned
mobile home in Armstrong. The home had been purchased at a tax sale on June 22, 2004 by a company
and no taxes have been paid since. Burgess had paid $325 to that company to purchase the certificate.
Burgess proposed paying $325 of the $560 in back taxes plus transfer and title fees if the county would
abate $235 and cancel the tax sale. Moved by Jenson, seconded by Smith to abate $235 in taxes. All
ayes, motion carried. Moved by Jenson, seconded by to cancel the tax sale #040106. All ayes, motion
Roxanne Christensen, Weed Commissioner, and Don Reefer met with the Board to discuss
spraying weeds in the road right of way and drainage ditches. They have started spraying in some of the
drainage ditches. Reffer, B&W Control Specialists, presented two different proposals for spraying the
county right of ways using different chemicals. He recommends the second proposal which includes
spraying ½ of the county with Telar and Platoon and the other ½ of the county with Patron 170 with an
estimated cost of $58,987. Moved by Jenson, seconded by Anderson to accept the proposal with the
recommendation of the Weed Commissioner. All ayes, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 12:00.
Beverly Juhl, Auditor Alan Madden, Chairman