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Humboldt sups compromise with Ottosen

Split cost of road construction

October 30, 2012
By ROBERT WOLF ( , Messenger News

DAKOTA CITY - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reached a compromise with the city of Ottosen on a road project Monday.

According to a letter from the city to the supervisors dated Oct. 8, the overlay on Humboldt County Road C20 stopped short of the intersection of Second Street in 2004.

At the time, County Engineer Paul Jacobson told city officials the gap was left because the street needed to be brought up to grade.

Jacobson said he visited with city officials at the time about the matter, but not with the full council like he usually does.

"I do think there was some miscommunication. I do think it is a unique situation," said board Chairman Jerry Haverly.

Earlier this year, the city hired a contractor for street repairs and had the strip included in the work. The work has been paid for, which included $2,100 to fix the drop-off.

"This is just a small amount of the road work that we did," said Ottosen City Councilman Jason Fowler.

Fowler said the city would be open to a cost-splitting compromise with the county.

Havery suggested the county split the bill with the city, with the money coming out of the Community Betterment Fund.

The board approved reimbursing the city $1,000.

In other business, the board accepted a bridge inspection approval from Shuck-Britson Inc, Des Moines, in the amount of $19,970. The company will be inspecting 85 bridges in the county. The inspections are required every 24 months, Jacobson said.



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