Randolph Flood Plain Project Update

“What was that white van with 6 men doing driving around Randolph today and looking at streets, roads, and bridges?”
On Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2019 a design kick-off meeting and a general site review visit was conducted in Randolph with the Corp of Engineers-USACE Omaha. Ron Beyer, Project Manager along with staff of engineers – Lyle Peterson, Structural Engineer, Damon Birkby, Civil Engineer, Christian Davenport, Civil Engineer, Dan Jones, Hydraulic Engineer, Dennis Gaare, Geotechnical Engineer met with City Staff members – City Administrator, Kelsey Backer, Director of Economic Development, Janelle Biernbaum, Aaron Nielsen, Utility Supt. and Mayor George Bradley.

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Randolph School Board looks to promote beef program

RANDOLPH — Randolph school board members discussed ways to promote a beef in school program following a 45-minute tour of the new childcare learning center and ended their meeting with a personnel executive session, Dec. 18.
Recent efforts have finished with about $1,015 raised with beef auction efforts.
“Laurel supported the effort well,’’ Superintendent Jeff Hoesing said. “We will have to look at ways to promote the beef in schools program.’’
Board members inquired about funding for chicken feed for an on-going school project. Hoesing and Principal Dennis Bazata said the students are raising chickens and selling as a project with a record of how much they eat for an animal science class project. Students are taking care of the chickens and the school is buying chicken feed for them.
A salary of $599 is given to Mel Spader for Team Mates. Board member Sandy Owens said Spader then endorses the check and gives the funds back to the school.
Other financial matters discussed included a transfer from the building fund to the general fund. Hoesing said bills are coming in ahead of receipts. These bills could be paid out of general funds, however this could raise the school’s per student cost. A project with the city of Randolph cost the school $5,500 for transformer, wiring and trenching. Also a heat pump that was under warranty was worked on.
Board members fulfilled a legal requirement by passing a resolution for adopting policies and specific standards for acceptance or rejection of option enrollment applications.
“The School Board has received and reviewed evidence and information submitted by the administration and other sources made determinations thereon with respect to standards for acceptance or rejection and with respect to the capacity of this school district to accept option enrollment students based upon available staff, available facilities, projected enrollment and availability of special education programs,’’ the resolution stated for policy 5006.
The policy contained appendix 1 for the 2018-2019 school year which set the maximum number of option students for the 2018-2019 school year in any program, class, grade level or school building or in any special education programs operated by the school.
Any program, class, grade level or school building which has 0 as the number of option students is declared unavailable to option students due to a lack of capacity.
Kindergarten is 25 program capacity. Projected enrollment is 14. Number of option students would be 11.
First through sixth grades are 25 capacity. Projected enrollment is 11 for the first grade. Number of option students is 14 for first grade.
Second and third grade are projected at 22 students with three option enrollment slots for students.
Fourth grade projected enrollment is 20 with five student option enrollment slots.
Fifth grade has 17 projected for enrollment with 8 option spots.
Sixth grade is projected at 13 students with 12 option spots.
Building capacity for the elementary is 175 with projected enrollment at 116 with 59 option enrollment spots.
Level I elementary special education program capacity is 12 with six projected for enrollment and six option student spots.
Level II and Level III Elementary Special Education students program capacity is zero for Randolph schools. Their projected enrollment is zero and they have zero option student spots.
RHS also has zero Level II and III Senior High School Special Education program capacity and zero projected enrollment with no option student spots.
RHS Level I Special Education is 15 students for capacity and eight for projected enrollment with seven option spots.
Seventh through 11th grades are set at 30 program capacity. Seniors are at 35 student level with 18 projected enrollment and 17 possible option student spots.
Seventh grade is 17 for projected enrollment with 13 option student spots. Eighth grade is 16 projected for enrollment with 14 option spots. Ninth grade is 14 projected enrollment with 16 option enrollment. Tenth grade is projected at 21 with 9 option. 11th grade is 19 projected student level with 11 option.
The building capacity for senior high is 185 with 105 projected enrollment with 80 option.
Prinicipal Mary Miller reported on her staff attending professional days to increase their knowledge for work with small groups and other recommended teaching techniques for sounds and lesson maps.
“We have had lock-down training which I believe teaches everyone life skills,’’ Miller said. “Anywhere you go you need to look around and be aware and safe.’’
The lock down drill will be done again with eventually the city police attending, according to Bazata.
“We have had intruder drills,’’ Bazata said. “It is a matter of knowing what to do. We have spoken to students about it.’’
An important date will be a digital citizenship training on Feb. 8 by a law firm for sixth through eighth grade and also a session for high school and a session open to the parents in the evening at 7.
Hoesing asked board members to promote the event on Facebook and any other means to get parents there.

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County agrees to aid Randolph with floodplain project

HARTINGTON — Cedar County Commissioners agreed Dec. 12 to provide funds for a bridge involved in the Randolph Floodplain project and opened bids on a box culvert for a road northeast of Belden.
Two bids had been submitted for a box culvert that will be constructed in a road northeast of Belden on 870 Road/568 Avenue.
M.E. Collins Contracting, Wahoo; $151,431
A & R Construction, Plainview; $141,446
The start date for the project, which is located in Commissioner Craig Bartels district, is July 9, 2018.
“The bridge was removed several years ago and two culverts were put in. The culverts will now be replaced by the box culvert due to the water capacity,” Bartels said.
Board members will review the bids and make a decision at a later date.
Kelsey Backer, Randolph City Administrator, City Clerk/Treasurer spoke to Commissioners about the project that is underway to remove the City of Randolph from the floodplain or reduce that area that is in the floodplain.
The project involves widening the Middle Logan Creek channel and replacing or modifying bridges to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life from floods in Randolph.
“A special election had been held for Randolph voters and the results were in favor of doing the project,” Backer said. “City Council members are in the process of finalizing the plan.”
Channel improvements cannot be done without bridge improvements being made, according to Backer.
Backer talked to board members about a bridge on the county road west of Randolph that is on the Pierce/Cedar County line.
Cedar County Commissioners and the Pierce County board members had previously been asked if they would be willing to contribute funds for the replacement of the bridge.
Commissioner Craig Bartels was ready to make a commitment.
“Let’s not wait and draw this out. We need to make a decision,” he said. “We don’t need to wait and see what Pierce County does.”
Bartels made the motion for Cedar County to put $120,000 towards the project.
Commissioner Dave McGregor agreed.
“If the bridge needed to be replaced we would be responsible for the cost,” he said.
Board members voted to approve the motion.
Board members discussed the need to fill an opening on the Cedar County Lodging Board.
The Cedar County Convention and Tourism Board disburses funds received through the county’s lodging tax.
Board members evaluate applications asking for grant funds which are received in the spring and fall each year. Grant funds are used for advertising/promoting an event or for a brick/mortar project.
Current members include Gary Howey, Hartington; Leon Pedersen, Crofton; Dave Chang, Hartington; Luke Virgil, Laurel; and Julia Kleinschmit, Bow Valley.
Cedar County Zoning Administrator Dave Sudbeck met with board members during the Dec. 12 meeting.
Board members reviewed and placed their approval on four conditional use permits. Two of the conditional use permits, which are for EDF Renewable Energy, San Diego, involve the installation of towers that will be used to measure wind.
A 200-foot tower will be located approximately six miles north of Randolph at 872 Road/559 Ave. A 270-foot tower will be put up northeast of Magnet near 873 Road/552 Ave. The location is one mile north of Hwy. 59 on the Knox/Cedar County line.
“The towers will be there to measure the wind for three to five years,” Sudbeck said.

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