Osceola County Board To Consider Continuing 28E Agreement With Clay County For Engineering

Sibley, Iowa — After a long time of having no applicants for the position of county engineer, the Osceola County Board of Supervisors is in the midst of a set of three interviews. There has been another development related to the position, but it has nothing to do with the candidates or the interviews.

The first six months after previous Osceola County Engineer Aaron Holmbeck resigned on June 10th, 2020, the Dickinson County Engineer helped out in Osceola County. After that, O’Brien County Engineer Scott Rinehart helped out for a year — between December 2020 and December 2021. Since then, Clay County Engineer William Rabenberg has been helping them out.

According to Osceola County Auditor Rochelle Van Tilburg, the 28E agreement with Clay County is coming up for renewal, and since they don’t know when or even if they may hire someone, and what the timeline will be for that, the Osceola County Board will consider continuing the 28E agreement with Clay County for engineering services when they meet this Tuesday. Van Tilburg says if they get an engineer hired, they can terminate the agreement with Clay County with short notice.

The board of supervisors interviewed two candidates on Friday and Van Tilburg tells us another is scheduled to be interviewed on Tuesday, March 15th.