Dickinson Co. Supervisors Award Bid On Drainage/Water Quality Project; Discuss 165th Street Speed Limit

Tue 6-2-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) awarded a bid of $181,634 for a major drainage and water quality project on the northwest side of East Lake Okoboji. Rick Hopper is an engineer on the project with the Jacobson Westergard firm of Estherville and will be overseeing the work on the county's behalf. He told the supervisors today (Tues.) the project, expected to start later this summer, will be pretty intensive...DD 48 Project 

"We're going into the lake, we're tearing up Hill and packing back replacing the paving going right down that gravel drive to the city of Spirit Lake lime ponds, and then from there on we're basically ag. We call for the topsoil to be stripped and placed back; we'll work with the contractor as far as restoration of everything and then after that, after the restoration, there will be a hearing, a completion hearing like we have with drainage projects, for any issues that still need further attention."

Installation of a detention pond is tentatively planned for a later stage of the project.

In other business, the supervisors again today (Tues.) reviewed a request for a reduction in the speed limit along that portion of 165th Street along the south side of Center Lake where the county has jurisdiction. The speed limit in that area is currently 30 mph. The request is to lower it to 20. No action was taken. Supervisor Kim Wermersen said he wants more information first...165th St Speed Limit 

"The challenge is if we could hear from a group or if we could, I'm open to all of those things. And I agree safety has got to be the top issue for that area. There's just so many changes that are going to be coming here in the next duration that we have to take into consideration as well, so. I'm not opposed to it but I would like a little more information."

The cities of Spirit Lake and Okoboji, who also have jurisdiction over portions of the road, will also be contacted for input.