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Supervisors complete flood buyouts

Damaged Breen, Scenic Drive property sales concluded

September 11, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, , Messenger News

The Webster County Board of supervisors approved six purchase offers of flood-damaged properties north of Fort Dodge during its meeting Tuesday morning.

Purchase offers were approved for properties at:

1808 Scenic Drive, for $12,470;

2209 160th St., for $82,550;

2205 160th St., for $149,140;

2191 160th St., for $22,260;

2185 160th St., for $89,934.45;

2201 160th St., for $30,000.

The transactions are part of a buyout partially funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase damaged homes and properties located in the Scenic Drive and Breen additions. The properties were damaged when a Feb. 20, 2011, ice jam on the Des Moines River inundated the area with flood waters.

Supervisor Clark Fletcher said the buyouts cost Webster County taxpayers nothing.

"The funds for these buyouts came from the FEMA grant and a Community Block Grant," Fletcher said. "There will be no cost to the Webster County taxpayers."

He said it will also mark the end of a process that has taken more than a year to complete.

"Hopefully this will bring conclusion for these property owners and to the whole buyout program," said Fletcher.

The board also adopted a resolution to support an application for an Iowa Great Places grant for trail signage throughout the county.

If named a recipient of the grant, Webster and Hamilton counties would receive a portion of $1 million set aside to be awarded to regions that have been designated as Iowa Great Places.

The signs would mark various places along the trails system and also include 12-foot kiosks with trail maps and points of interest in the region, Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove said.



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