Supervisors tackle drainage issues in Tuesday meeting

Public hearing on master matrix set for Aug. 28

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors tackled a wide range of drainage issues at its Tuesday meeting.

Board Chairman Dan Campidilli was absent, so Chairman Pro-Tem Doug Bailey presided over the meeting.

The Hamilton County Engineer’s office submitted a bill for mowing in Drainage District No. 144.

“This is somewhat unusual because we normally don’t have Secondary Roads do things in our drainage districts. We usually try to hire someone,” said Supervisor David Young. “But we needed to get the mowing done and couldn’t find a private individual to do it so we asked Secondary Roads to do the mowing. We think it’s only appropriate that we pay Secondary Roads for the work.”

The bill totaled $352.12.

The board approved a payment estimate on a dredge ditch in Drainage District No. 5 Rude, located north and east of Ellsworth.

“The entire contract for the work is $189,811. They have done a substantial amount of work,” according to Young. The county has already paid $35,955. The new pay estimate was in the amount of $73,543.

“I’ve inspected the work there. They’re getting pretty far along,” he said. “For what they’ve received before and what they’re asking now, they would have $109,498 — a little more than half of their money — and they are well past the halfway point of the work.”

The board approved the payment to Ingraham Construction.

The supervisors also approved a change order and pay estimate for a project in Drainage District No. 133 Hunter Joint.

“This is a project that’s been going on for sometime,” Young said. “The entire project was a little over $1 million. This change order is a reduction of $14,127 and an increase of $800.”

The board also received a petition to look into the condition of a ditch in Hamilton and Webster counties. The area is located in section 13, 14, 23 and 24 of Colfax Township in Webster County and Section 7 and 18 in Fremont Township of Hamilton County.

The supervisors accepted the drainage petition and moved to appoint Bolton and Menk as engineer for the project.

In other business, the board set Aug. 28 during the regular board meeting as the date and time for a master matrix hearing. The site is north of Blairsburg Section 21, near the last matrix application, according to Young. He added that the application is available in the auditor’s office for review.

The hire of a new employee with the sheriff’s department was approved. Jacob Motley of Webster City will serve as a full-time jailer/dispatcher and his start date was Aug. 6.