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Humboldt Independent (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Humboldt, Iowa
Inside i his neck Etc i it it Are churches or classified advertising. 9a Community Calendar. Or courthouse news 4a obituaries. A sports. In 6 10395 306$ 5 2 a Ltd is Nir b a a h 5 a c 3 dry it k4 a a. A it a a a a i clod a 4 Elt x 13 a z q 30 a o 2 sections Humboldt county Iowa official newspaper of Humboldt county thursday december 13, 2012 $1.25 River improvement outlined total project could Cost Between $2.5-$3 million vol. 154 no. 30 uses no. 254060 in by Ken Thompson former president Franklin i. Roosevelt once said a there Are Many ways of going Forward hut Only one Way of standing the Humboldt county River development corp. Is in the process of to Mulat ing a Plant for a clean up and a proposed redevelopment of the is Moines River in Humboldt. A we need the county and the City s Blessing to gel this project done Quot River development spokesperson Mike Worthington said. Worthington took the first Steps toward reaching out monday at the Humboldt county Board of supervisors weekly meeting at the courthouse in Dakota City. Worthington presented some tentative findings from Shane Sigle a professional Engineer with the recreation engineering and planning firm out of Boulder. Co. The company was first contacted Early last summer. The company specializes in creating Whitewater recreation areas and improved fishing Waters out of existing Freshwater Rivers and lakes. Worthington said the project before the River group and the Community at Large is twofold. One is to fix and modify the Gate Structure at the Jot Reasoner dam to reduce the amount of Silt backing up into the Lake Nokomis Region and other areas of the River upstream. Tile second portion is to tvs of up ii Whitewater rapid and recovery Pool areas in the area downstream of tile dam. Known As the Mill race. The development would be in the area w Here the old Power Plant was located under v1 Avenue North and in the area behind the Bank Iowa motor Hank. Worthington said there May have to he some negotiations with private property owners in the area to get ail of the necessary work completed. Developing the Mill race Tor Whitewater recreation installing fish ladders and putting in some Bridges and culverts. And a bladder system to feed the existing Swan and fish Ponds could Cost in the neighbourhood of $1.5-$ 1.8 million Worthington said. He said that would he an Issue for the River group to work with the City of Humboldt on. The Issue of making repairs to the dam and reducing the amount of sediment being deposited in the West Fork of the River is an Issue the Community and the county must he involved in. Worthington said pulling the Silt out is still the biggest concern. He said fixing one Gate now on the dam and adding a second Gate to the West could be a viable option. At an earlier Public meeting last summer. Sigle talked about a sediment transport Structure near the Middle of the River to create a deeper and wider Channel so that More sediment can move downstream. Worthington said work on the dam could be in the $8 xxx to $1 million Range. A we Are looking for your support for the intentions of the project and eventually your financial support a Worthington told the Suju Xvi sors. He mentioned that the county a financial commitment to the Humboldt family aquatic Center of $25, he annually in local option sales and service tax loss proceeds will be ending soon. He would like to see those funds continue and he invested in improving the dam and the River. A a you re seeing new sandbars that Are extending 1-1/2 foot out of the water a Worthington told the Board. He estimated that recreational use of the River in Humboldt and Between Rutland and Humboldt has declined by As much As 80 percent Over the past 20 years. A Elf we can get a plan in place Public acceptance and the required permitting the completed project would have a phenomenal economic boost for the City and the county As a whole. More use of the River translates to More dollars for local businesses and an improved natural resource for everyone a Worthington said. Supervisor Harlan Hansen asked about Grant Money. A there is some out there hut we have to get started first. The biggest Issue is the design Cost which is roughly $50,000,�?� Worthington said. He said the River corporation has Only about s2. Xhu in its checking account so some funds would need to be secured before moving Forward. Supervisor Carl Mattes said he could see the City of Humboldt benefiting but he thought the project might be a Tough sell to Rural residents. A i Don t think it would be As hard As you think a Worthing ton responded. A there Are boat of Liers from Hardy Renwick and Bode who might be going to spirit Lake or other areas to recreate who would really like to save the Money and time and use the River Here. I think if the project can be explained in a context of How it benefits All of Humboldt county we will see interest in improving our number one natural resource a a Worthington added. Mattes was not Ca ily convinced. Quot it sounds to me like the City the chamber and economic development Are the big Worthington said if a Whitewater Park is developed increases Iii tourism dollars would Benefit the entire county increasing loss revenues for businesses outside of the City of Humboldt As Well As in town merchants. Worthington said he will he meeting with the Humboldt City Council and will keep the supervisors apprised of any Progress in the matter. Fire Calls the Board heard from Bud Douglas fireman and set ret Ary treasurer of the Bode fire department and a member of the Humboldt county fireman a association. Douglas and sheriff Dean Kruger asked the Board to consider a Humboldt county burning ordinance that would require persons to notify the Humboldt county Law enforcement Center 332-26 x or 332-2471 of open controlled bums in the county at least one hour prior to starting the fire. Kruger said the practice has a been recommended for the past several years with a decent Community response. Douglas said the ordinance is necessary to prevent unnecessary loss of life or property. A we rely on volunteers to tight our tires and if we Are Oft responding to a controlled hum that May not need extinguished we can to quickly respond to another Call where life or property could he at stake a Douglas said. Kruger commented that with the widespread use of cellular phones the Humboldt county Law enforcement Center often receives Calls of smoke or tire in the county which often times turn out to i e controlled Burns. The sheriff said sending tire departments out to respond to Rural Calls that Are controlled hums is a waste of everyone a time and resources. The ordinance would refer Only to open burning Iii Rural areas of the county and would have no Impact on ordinances see supervisors 3a mock disaster i he Finch building at 613 Sumner Avenue was the scene of a mock disaster Drill Early saturday evening. A fake Gas explosion caused non life threatening injuries in of persons inside the building. I he Drill was an exercise training for Humboldt and Webster county Community emergency response learn volunteers who completed a week Long training Academy at the Humboldt county emergency operations t enter. At left a or i Volunteer restrains William Schaffer of flu Sholdt As his daughter Amanda lies injured on tin Sioui d. I or More photos Aud an article about the exert i c. Look inside today \ edition. Humboldt Independent Phi to. Mid american proposes new transmission line through Humboldt county by Kent Thompson More than i x landowners tenants and interested citizens attended a Public information meeting last thursday at the Humboldt county Fairgrounds events Center. The subject was a proposed 345, xxx Volt electrical transmission line that will run the length of Humboldt county North to South. It is part of a 120-nu in transmission line that will extend from o Brien county through Clay Palo Alto Kossuth and Humboldt counties merchant sponsored free matinees continue through dec. 23 local merchants Are sponsoring free matinees at the Humboldt theatre during the Holiday shopping season. The schedule is As follows a k ii and 2 30 . On saturday dec. 15. And noon Only on sunday dec. La. Or. Suesse Quot How the much stole noon and 2 30 . On saturday dec 22, and noon Only on sunday. Dec. 23, a a Arthur Christmas. Free tickets Are available from any of the sponsoring merchants including Adf systems b and b sales and service Bank Iowa chant land Mhz company chant land company Cindy a chiropractic Center. Computer works and Vinyl signs dodgem industries bom free Edward Jones Erpelding Voigt and co., faraway farm Bureau financial services first state Bank Floral creations Goldfield Access network Hardeep a red Burrito Harmon animal clinic health source of Huml Wildt Homeland flooring. Humboldt Mutual insurance Humboldt newspapers Humboldt veterinary clinic by Vee Jensen trailers Larry a pharmacy North Park family dentistry Northwest Bank Pasquale a italian restaurant Seiler appliance service Lee Smith s state farm Agency Sheree s hallmark Springvale Salon on main Thompson real estate insurance and financial services v and s variety Wally \ Iron works or. Kirk Whittlesey and yacht club trailers. Now line would More than double capacity of existing circuit connecting at a mid american Energy substation in Northern Webster county. A year ago the Midwest Independent transmission system jux Rator Board of directors approved an expansion plan for the Midwest electric Grid that will bring More than $2 billion in benefits to Energy customers. The project from near Sandborn in o Brien county to a substation in Northern web Ster county will pass North to South through Humboldt county covering 19 Miles about i Bot which will run existing i by xxx Volt a Frame Power pole structures already operated by mid american Energy. There will Only he three Short stretches of about one mile each of new right of Way in Humboldt county according to Karl Donaubauer. High voltage Engineer on the project. The new direct current line will enter Humboldt county from Kossuth county along Quebec Avenue about two Miles West of Luverne. It will travel South along Quebec Avenue until jutting slightly to the West Southwest just East of port Avenue. It will run in a Diagonal direction parallel to the East Fork of the Des Moines River until intersecting with Penn Avenue just South of 210&Quot Street. It will then follow Penn Avenue straight South until a Point just North of the River crossing in Section 34 of Beaver township. The line will then run due East for 1-1/2 Miles before turning South in the Middle of Section 35 of Beaver township and on into the substation about seven Miles South of the Humboldt Webster county line. The 120-mile line is one part of four 345-Kilovolt transmission line projects mid american is planning Between 2014-2017. Die projects Are primarily designed to improve system reliability in Iowa relieve existing transmission line congestion in Iowa and Illinois As Well As improve the utilization of existing generation and lower the Cost of delivering Energy. The additional doubling of existing capacity will also help optimize wind generation placement and allow for a regional delivery of renewable Power in the stated. A mid american spokes Man at thursday s meeting could not pinpoint exact Cus Toner Utility savings when asked by an audience member. The entire regional Lon term plan is expected to bring More than $2 billion Iii Iii Nual benefits to Energy Consumers mid american said Iii published materials about the plan. It was also noted that the projects will have several economic benefits for the impacted counties including land owner easement payments to people impacted increases in local property tax payments to the county construction jobs during the project and an expansion of future interconnection possibilities. Project nuts and Holts As mentioned the new transmission lines and roles will be replacing the old la f rame poles with a single steel Shaft Monopole Structure. Hie steel is self weathering and painting or periodic maintenance w ill he required. Lite double circuit structures being planned for Humboldt county will be approximately 120-130 feet tall. All roles and lines will be at least Khz feet from any existing building. They will be placed Iii a reinforced Concrete Lounda lion in a drilled pier configuration the foundation will he a Tangent base Structure 25 feet deep in the ground and six feet in diameter there will he a steel easing around tile Drill Rig Caisson to prevent the sides of the Hole from Cav ing Iii during construction and to keep water out. Concrete will be poured from the Bottom up with Anchor bolts mounting the steel pole to the foundation. In most eases the tour Ida Lions Tor the poles will to Ive feel off the property line the Edge of the foundation base will be approximately two feet from the Fence or property line. There May be some variance based on height line Angle soil Type and distance bet w cd n lines Donaubauer Sank the transmission pole will have a total of six a string insulators with one Side the new u5 Kilovolt transmission and the other Side the existing 161 Tkv circuit 12 conductors will to used that will resist galloping mid american officials said. I lure will also he a shield wire for lightning Protection. One Side of the wire will have libel optic Cable. The Ca by w ill be strictly for mid american use to relay communications Between substations and will not to used for any other forms of communications transmission. The lines will be similar to those running from Sioux City into Southern Minnesota. I he distance Between poles will be about i xxx to Lux feet meaning that two Mono pole structures will be Able to replace three of the current of trame Type transmission poles. As required by Iowa code the Miles will be located along a line of land division Road right of ways and railroads. I Here will he no Guy wires Iii Fields and the line height at the Structure will to approximately 60 feet rile la Frame holes will be Bac filled and covered with topsoil. Donaubauer reported. The project will he completed in consultation with state government county conservation and the county Engineer taking into account land use and development All zoning considerations airports county Parks Stream Crossings wetlands and other natural or manmade Mencum net mid american 2a Christ Aslund open nightly for viewing Christ Aslund Iii Humboldt is now open nightly for the Holiday season Lins popular Holiday attraction sponsored by the Humboldt Dakota City noon kiwanis club has been visited by More than too xxx people since us opening in 1982. Visitors from most of the 50 Stales and some foreign countries have seen the displays. year there were More than 6, Xhu visitors to Al Wains christinas Fand for 2012. There Are several new scenes that were purchased featuring Large snowmen engaged in various activities the new displays were made possible by a generous Grant from the Humboldt county c Community foundation and local noon kiwanis fundraisers. The display is open through dec. 23, from 6 30-8 30 . Chris Masland will also he open saturday sunday afternoons Dee. 15-16 and dec. 22-23 from 2 30-4 30 Chris Masland will also he open in the afternoons in the Days leading up to Christmas dec. 20-24 from 2 30-4 30 . Chris Masland will be closed for inclement weather. The kiwanis club has never charged admission to Christ Masland. However donations Are appreciated As they help the exhibit our website at be mail us at
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