By ROBERT WOLF
DAKOTA CITY - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the fiscal year 2012 county highway engineer report Monday. The report is to be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The engineer department had total receipts of $3.5 million but spent about $20,000 more than they took in, according to County Engineer Paul Jacobson.
"What is to be noted, we spent a little more than we brought in but we planned for that because much of this year we paid for a huge chunk of Bode and Hardy construction," he said. The county is constructing new maintenance facilities at Bode and Hardy.
Because of the mild winter, the department was able to absorb the cost for the new buildings, Jacobson said.
However, the county still spent about $130,000 in snow and ice removal because of the high cost of diesel fuel.
Reflected in the receipts is $117,000 in federal bridge replacement funds.
In a related matter, the board approved federal aid agreements for two bridge replacement projects. One project is located on Virginia Avenue south of 120th Street, two miles west and three miles north of Renwick. The other project is on Florida Avenue north of 110th Street, northeast of Ottosen.
The board also approved the destruction of certain records in the engineer's office. If they are required to keep a document five years the office generally keeps it seven to 10 years, Jacobson said.
However they have some records dating back to the 1950s and the office is running out of file space, he said.
"It's a full-time job to sort through records," said Jacobson.