Lincoln County guarantees bonds for Tyler housing

IVANHOE?- At the request of the county Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Lincoln County Board voted Tuesday to authorize the use of the county’s taxing power to secure a $221,000 general obligation bond issue to finance completion of four apartments in Tyler.

The three-bedroom units in two duplexes were constructed but had not been completed for five years when the county took ownership. The apartments will be rented to low to moderate income families.

The board voted to authorize county Environmental Director Robert Olsen to conduct a preliminary fact-finding study to determine the costs, effort and time required to record all abstracts and titles of ditches and tile lines within the county drainage system.

Olsen said the project would be a multi-year effort to record all of the county’s 45 ditches.

At Olsen’s recommendation, the board accepted the environmental office’s report on proposed improvements to County Ditch 33 and a redetermination of benefits. The board scheduled a public hearing on the proposal at 1 p.m. Aug. 20.

The board also authorized Olsen to fill in a bored well discovered on property the county acquired recently in Verdi Township for an estimated cost of $500.

The board voted to authorize Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers to spend $78,000 to upgrade the pager system used by fire and emergency medical personnel. The upgrade would insure better coverage around the county.

The commissioners discussed whether to advertise for a replacement for recently retired County Engineer Lee Amundson, or to propose sharing an engineer with Lyon County. The board decided to put off making a decision pending a decision by Lyon County on whether to hire another full-time engineer to replace Suhail Kanwar who recently resigned.

In the interim, the board authorized acting engineer Dustin Hauschild to offer Amundson $85 per hour to fill in for a limited number of hours until a replacement is found.