Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Concerns Over Crowds This Past Weekend

Tue 5-5-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Concerns over an influx of people into the Iowa Great Lakes this past weekend in light of the COVID-19 pandemic was a topic of discussion at today's (Tues.) Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting. 

911/Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret told the supervisors the volume of calls over the weekend coming into the Dickinson County Communications Center were on par with previous years of opening weekend of the Walleye season...Weekend Crowd Concerns01 

"We saw roughly the same number of 911 calls, the same number of calls for service, than we did in 2019 for the walleye opener, so. We were hoping there would be less traffic around and everything, but from everything we saw on the roads and everything that we're seeing with our data suggests it was right on par with last year and the year before."

Supervisor Kim Wermersen said there's little county officials can do to try to address concerns over what likely will continue to be a growing influx of people into the area, especially during weekends, as we head into the summer months. He added this assessment:...Weekend Crowd Concerns02 

"You know for us the way I look at it is it's going to be difficult to stop the people from coming to their homes and those types of things but we certainly can do personally what it takes: wear a mask; you know if we're not comfortable going to a place, we don't go to that place."

On another matter related to COVID-19, the supervisors today (Tues.) decided to hold off on a request from the county road department to purchase a new pickup, siting uncertainty over the pandemic and the likely impacts it will have on the county's budget.