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Humboldt Co. discusses sheds

Engineer will develop recommendations

January 12, 2010
By ROBERT WOLF Messenger correspondent

DAKOTA CITY - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors held a workshop with County Engineer Paul Jacobson to discuss county sheds Monday.

On Jan. 4, Jacobson said many of the county's sheds were 70 years old and in need of repair or replacement.

At the time Jacobson suggested three options to the board: repair and maintain the existing buildings, build new or build new and consolidate.

The county has main shops in Humboldt, Hardy and Bode, with satellite shops in Gilmore City, Thor, Ottosen, Livermore and Rutland.

Supervisor Harlan Hansen said perhaps the county needed only one central shop.

"Politically, I don't think that will ever fly," he said.

The board has talked of holding a public meeting. Jacobson said if the board wanted true public input, a night meeting would be best.

However, Hansen said the only people who would show up at such a meeting would only be those whose local building is in question.

"The rest of the people in the county won't come, it won't affect them," he said.

Hansen suggested having a consultant - perhaps a retired engineer - look at the problem,

The board asked Jacobson to look into recommending a consultant and report back to the board Monday.

Contact Robert Wolf at (515) 573-2141 or



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