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Sups transfer $100K for trail project

Ongoing construction continues in Webster Co.

July 20, 2011
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Messenger staff writer

County taxpayers paid $100,000 toward the Vision Iowa Grant Trail project Tuesday at the Webster County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The board unanimously approved the transfer of $100,000 from the local option sales tax special revenue fund to the Webster County Conservation Trust Fund for the construction of 14.5 miles of trail.

Webster County received a Vision Iowa grant worth $1.2 million which will pay part of the $6.5 million expense after the county secured $400,000 in private donations for the project.

The Fort Dodge and Webster County Trail Plan is a 10-foot-wide paved trail that runs from 20th Avenue North to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. A connection between the new trail and the existing Soldier Creek Nature Trail through the Orchard Glen subdivision is set for 2012.

The first phase of the project began in May.

Also during the meeting, the board tabled a request from Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove for a transfer of $5,167 to pay for road repairs at Kennedy Park.

"In the past we've made this request, when we have money left in the budget," Cosgrove said. "Right now we have some expenditures coming up. We have a contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt to do some patching repairs on the road in Kennedy."

Supervisor Clark Fletcher recommended tabling the request until the board sees a year-end report for fiscal year 2011 which was complete June 30.

"Do you know where we're ending this fiscal year?" Fletcher asked.

Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly said the county's ending balance for the general basic budget is a bit better than expected, but a full report won't be ready for a few weeks.

"Personally, I'd like to see us hold on this request until we see the year end results," Fletcher said.

The board agreed and tabled the matter.

In other business, the board approved a request from the MIDAS Council of Governments to receive a waiver for the pre-disaster mitigation plan for the FEMA buyout program.

Carissa Miller, a planner with MIDAS, said a mitigation plan must be in place within a year that an application for a buyout is submitted.

In addition, she said MIDAS will be contacting more homeowners to see if they're interested in joining the program. Nine homeowners have currently signed on.

The FEMA buyout program was discussed after homes in the Breen Addition were inundated with floodwater from the Des Moines River in March following the break of an ice jam.

The board also approved the following items:

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