Supervisors continue drainage completion hearing

GARNER – Hancock County supervisors continued a completion hearing for a cleanout of the main open ditch of Drainage District #130 to 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19.

The issue is difference between the original engineering fee estimates and a later figure.

The original estimate on engineering administrative costs and fees for the project was about $37,500.

According to board chair Jerry Tlach, the engineer from ISG who originally worked on the project left the company.

“We had a new engineer take over,” Tlach said. “That engineer’s costs almost doubled. The landowners were upset.”

Tlach said they plan to discuss the matter with the partners at ISG and again with landowners.

An annual letter of support for the Homeward Housing Trust Fund was approved. Hancock County to contributed $5,000 to the program.

Homeward, Inc. was established in 1996 to assist rural Iowa families with their housing needs and to help small communities and employers in rural Iowa.

According to their website, eight RECs are members, including Butler County REC, Calhoun County REC, Franklin REC, Grundy County REC, Heartland Power Cooperative, Midland Power Cooperative, Prairie Energy Cooperative and Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative.

Read the complete story in the Aug. 7 Leader.