Mar 14

Private Ag Drainage Well Closure Accepted, Cheaper Alternative for Landowners

Humboldt, Iowa – Tom Hundertmark’s request for the ability to use a private institution for an ag-drainage well closure on his property went off without a hitch at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning.

Hundertmark will work exclusively with Bill Manske of Precision Drainage & Excavating of Algona, Iowa, with the price being approximately $98,100.

According to the Manske during the project they would like to do a partial clean out to help lower the ditch for the new outlet, which was described simply as “dipping out the bottom” which would help give additional elevation.

The Board indicated that there would need to be engineer’s estimate as well, which help the project receive state-funded cost share dollars. The engineer’s approval would help make sure there was no damage to nearby wetlands.

“There has been other Ag Wells closed in the past by private individuals. The tougher closures are the ones being handled now” said Chairman Rick Pedersen.

“Private firms provides a cheaper route, especially in smaller projects. It’s easier for landowners to get together to get the project done.”

Pedersen sees no qualms from the county side of things. He-and the rest of the board-simply need the wells closed properly.

“It’s simply a good option for landowners. From the county side we want the Ag Wells closed, everything we save saves tax payer money, if the project costs less, the taxpayers pay less” explained Pedersen.

Ag Drainage Well closures in the county figure to be a hot-button issue moving forward in Humboldt County.