Hearing set for budget

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors set March 11 at 9:15 a.m. as the date and time for the 2014-2015 budget hearing.

At the board’s Tuesday morning meeting, a second hearing was set for a drainage damage report pertaining to a drainage project in Rose Grove Township which was a joint project with Wright County. The hearing will present and approve the damage report for the land owners. The board set the hearing for March 11 and will immediately follow the budget hearing.

The supervisors also acknowledged the resignation of Jade Williams from the staff at Hamilton County Public Health. Williams had worked for the department since July.

County Engineer Danny Waid offered his thanks to the public for their patience as his road crews plowed snow over the past weeks.

“I’d also like to say thanks to the county secondary roads staff for their efforts and long hours of clearing snow,” he said. “I just wanted to let them know that their efforts are appreciated.”

The supervisors also received praise for the county’s geographical information system coordinator Nick Janzen.

“We received an email from the GIS director for Worth County,” said Supervisor Doug Bailey. The email complimented Janzen who volunteered to help the Worth County officials during the recent evacuation of the town of Northwood. A fire at a fertilizer plant necessitated the evacuation.

“Nick emailed me and volunteered to help me out in any way possible,” the email from Joel Rohne stated. As he had limited resources at the site, Rohne emailed files to Janzen who processed the information and returned it to Rohne.

“We were able to make some critical decisions,” Rohne said in his email.

“For years, I have been preaching about the ability of counties to help other counties,” said Rohne. “Nick demonstrated that by reaching out when I needed help in a high-stress situation.”

“I think we in Hamilton County have been cooperating with counties surrounding us with a lot of different things,” said Supervisor Wes Sweedler. “This is what we should be doing.”