Three things you may have missed from Tuesday’s Story County Board of Supervisors meeting

Austin HarringtonStaff writer

Heart of Iowa Trail

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Story County Board of Supervisors, the board reached an agreement with Dakota Access to grant an easement for the company to cross the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail with the Bakken Pipeline. The company has been given permission for the Iowa Utilities Board to begin construction in the state and an attorney for the company said they are negotiating with the last four landowners in the state to obtain land rights to all the property along the proposed path of the pipeline. As part of the agreement with the board Tuesday, Dakota Access committed to donating $1.6 million to the county to help pave a four-mile stretch of the Heart of Iowa Trail.

Urban Renewal Projects

The board also acknowledged receipt of the 2016 urban renewal area project applications during its meeting. The projects total nearly $370,000 in improvements to several areas of the county, including a new community center in Cambridge, demolition or revitalization of buildings along Main Street in Collins and improvements to the North Park project in Story City. A schedule for discussing and outlining the projects was also approved. According to that schedule, the projects will continue to be discussed throughout the fall months.

Veterans Affairs

The board heard the first quarterly report from the Veterans Affairs Director for Story County Brett McLain since the commission made the move from three commissioners to five. McLain said the move has given the board a gender balance, since both new commissioners are women. He said that it has also helped outreach into smaller communities around the county. McLain said that between the months of April and June of this year, his office has been able to meet with 251 veterans living in Story County.