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Drainage bill comes due in Humboldt, DC

Kindergarten and first grade students race toward the candy Saturday morning in Taft Park as the Noon Kiwanis Club hosted the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The annual event was moved to the cement area north of the building and west of the playground because of the wet conditions. Needless to say, the kids picked the pavement clean. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt and Dakota City residents will have a big bill to get rid of water, something that has been in short supply for the past 18 months.
During Monday night’s Humboldt City Council meeting, the council, acting as drainage district trustees for Drainage District No. 13A, heard from Drainage Engineer Rick Hopper with Jacobson-Westergard and Associates of Estherville.
The five-member group approved the reclassification report for 13A, and set Monday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m., as the date and time for a public hearing on the report.
Hopper provided the trustees with a breakdown for work in Drainage District No. 80, most of which was completed in 2009 in Dakota City.
That large tiling project took 104 acres from the DD 80 watershed and diverted it east to the East Fork of the Des Moines River, and away from flood-prone areas in northern Humboldt.
Because of flooding in 2007, ’08 and 2010, about $362,000 in repairs have been made in Drainage District No. 13A, Hopper reported.
The remainder of the $1.25 million total levy for work in DD 80 and DD 13A, is largely from the 2009 project in Dakota City.
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