Holmes County commissioners talk dirt

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM.

County Engineer Whitney Nelson from Melvin Engineering said that he could get an estimate to survey their dirt pits and let them know how much dirt they have that’s usable.

The board agreed to Commissioner Bill Parish’s request to table the discussion for a special called session on Monday morning.

Resident Elka Mosier came before the board to ask that Bylsma Road remain named after her father, Otto Bylsma in response to Tamphus Messer requested it be renamed after his father, Tom Messer, during their Oct. 9 meeting.

The board approved of allowing 911 Director Clint Erickson to upgrade the 911 software for $138,000, which was assured would be paid for by grant funds.

“It’s not so much the technology but the manufacturers saying they won’t support the system,” said Erickson. “Like when the state pushes the new 911 text we’ll be in a whole new ballpark and we need to be ready.”

Ronnie West with NaturChem herbicide visited the board as a follow-up to their agreement in January to spray an area of road for $3,000, which was suppose to stunt the growth of the grass so that the county wouldn’t have to mow as much.

“Do you have the results from the test plot because they didn’t work so well,” said Williams.

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