O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Paullina Golf Play Discussed for Easements


Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) requested both a permanent and a temporary easement on county property around Highway 10 where Mill Creek goes under it. Severe Flooding in the fall of 2018 damaged the Highway 10 bridge and scoured the east bank on the north of Highway 10 and on the west on the south side of Highway 10. Pre-flood depths were at 16 feet. Post flood depth is reported as 30 feet.

O'Brien County Supervisors held a Public Hearing on June 11 to grant those easements. Paul Struve was in attendance representing the Paullina Golf Course. Some of the easement requests are within play area and includes some green, some fareway and some of a teebox. Overall, the easement request is less than one half acre.

Struve asked what the end product was supposed to look like, wondering how play might be affected by the erosion control project. IDOT officials were contacted and participated in the hearing via speakerphone. The county engineer came up and also helped with understanding the plans the state has submitted.

The plan calls for 20 feet of heavy rock at the bottom of the creek, rock toe, in the eased area and a return to the same elevation. It remains unclear if the dirt surface will be returned or if the elevation will be reached with a rock surface.

A bid letting is currently scheduled for August 20, 2019.

As a result of some uncertainty in the plans as they concern the specific questions: Start date, number of working days and what will the surface look like at the end of the project the Public Hearing was recessed until June 18 for firm answers from IDOT.

A letter is being sent out to property owners within Drainage District 5. A public meeting is set for June 27 at 3:30pm with Don Etler, the district's engineer. The meeting is to discuss options for the repair of the district following the 2018 spring flood.


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