Quade Dam – When the dam was installed there was a specific height in which the top of the dam was to be set at which in turn sets the maximum height of the water behind the dam. This was agreed to by all entities when the permit was applied for. Sometime after the original installation of the dam, a board was added to the top of the dam which increased the dam height and thus the height of the water. Acoma Township had built 196th St and set the culvert according to the permit height. Acoma Township is seeking to have the board removed so it meets the original permitted level and design.
Reiner Development – This development went through the Hutchinson Joint Planning Board and was approved but Acoma Township never received the sign off by the engineering firm that says the road was built to the specifications proposed and agreed upon. There was signage that was to be completed also.
Policies – Acoma Township has gone through a process of writing policies so we have a standard to follow. We plan to review each one before they are approved.
FEMA – There was a lot of damage to our roads in 2019 and McLeod County was declared a disaster area. Acoma Township has been working with FEMA and so far, we have collected $105,831.29 for the damage to our roads.
Walk-N-Roll Packer – Acoma Township has purchased a packer for the road grader. This will allow us to pack the gravel roads as we grade them. This should cut down on the amount of grading we do as the road should stay in good shape longer. We also added a rear-view camera system for the grader so the operator can see the packer from the cab of the grader.
WEB Page redesign – We are in the process of changing the layout of the WEB page so it is more user friendly and we can put the information up, that you have requested, in a timely manner.
Walden Ave – Part of Walden Ave is being rebuilt. This road has been sinking and is being built up by about 18 inches. The ditch did not divert the water in a timely manner and is also being fixed.
248th Circle – Last year we fixed the culvert and the ditch on the West side. We are completing the project by leveling the road and reshaping the ditch on the East side so the water stays in the ditch and does not run up and over the road.
200th St – The ditch does not hold water as it has silted in with dirt over the years. We will be removing the extra dirt and reshaping the ditch so the water stays on the South side and runs to the West towards the river.
Heat pump with air conditioning – Acoma Township has installed a heat pump with air conditioning in the town hall. In the past there was a fan that brought in outside air and a dehumidifier that ran 24 hours by 7 days a week. There is no cement in the basement under the stairway so as the water level rose stale water smell filled the building. We bored a pipe under the basement to get rid of the water and installed the heat pump. We also installed a black light system in the furnace air duct to kill any bacteria. We qualified for a McLeod Power $2000 rebate on this project.
Cares Act Funding – Acoma Township has qualified for $28,000.00 under this project. Acoma Township has spent about $8,000.00 that should qualify under the Cares Act. We plan to apply for a rebate of our expenses which will leave bout $20,000.00 for other Acoma residences, businesses, etc. to apply for rebates on their expenses.
Teleconference Equipment – Acoma Township was not allowed to hold meetings while we were under the COVID 19 rules. Acoma Township is installing a teleconferencing system. This expense should qualify under the Cares Act.
Who is working on what:
Chuck Hausladen – Is in charge of grading, snow removal, and mowing of the ditches. He is also installing the packer. He has designed a new snow plow for the tractor.
Jerry Eggert – Is in charge of the 248th Circle ditch rebuild, Walden Ave rebuild and the 200th St ditch rebuild.
Tom Dahl – Is to work with FEMA for Acoma funding and assist Melissa Borer with WEB content. He is to install the camera on grader and work on getting the teleconference equipment installed.
Al Feser – Is to move left over funds from the Town Hall Restoration Fund in the CD to the New Equipment Fund in the CD. He is to also take the left of Town Hall Restoration Funds in checking and move them to the New Fire Equipment Fund. Al is in charge of ordering propane for the hall & shop.
Melissa Borer – Is to work with the Acoma Township WEB designer for the new design and content. Melissa is to learn how to update the WEB and assist others.