Hearing held regarding Dakota City drainage

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

Dakota City, IA – A hearing was held at Monday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors session regarding the proposed tile improvements for Drainage District 80 in Dakota City.

The proposed tile improvement project involves replacing an over 100-year-old pipe in the drainage district that would call for the branch D tile that currently is a at 10-12 inches in diameter to be swapped out with a new 24-inch diameter pipe. The City of Dakota City had petitioned for an improvement to the area of to help alleviate flooding issues at the school’s ballfield.

The big hurdle during the hearing was the price of the project which was estimated in the engineer’s report at $270,000 by Colin Klingbeil of Jacobson-Westergaard, who handles the counties’ drainage engineering. Questions arose such as cost cutting measures regarding the project which included the school possibly putting in a private main to connect to the tile in D.D. 80, the use of plastic pipe versus the recommended cement, and looking at the pipe with a camera to ensure that tree roots are not the sole reason the clay pipe is no longer proficient.

The Board of Supervisors voted to move the project phase to bid with both plastic and cement options.