|3/28/2013 11:55:00 AM|
Bridges continue to be attended to; 3 bids okayed
|BY DENISE MARTIN|
Three bridge replacement project bids were awarded last week by the county commissioners: contractors from Mora, Finlayson and Chisago City won the county’s business. County Engineer Joe Triplett said he got eight or nine bids submitted for each project; and he is “really happy with the contractors.”
Peterson Companies will do the #4 bridge for $507,647; Dallco Inc. got the #9 bridge for $536,942 and Redstone won the #17 bridge project at $634,734. MN Department of Transportation funding is being used for bridge replacement, covering at least half to more than half the costs. In other business, the county administrator asked for authorization to bring on an intern this summer for graduate degree-level work on county policies and contracts.
Bruce Messelt said costs for the program should run about $5,000 and are in the budget. Commissioner Mike Robinson voted no, but the request was okayed 3-1, with Lora Walker absent. Robinson didn’t think the tasks that the intern will perform are a “necessity.” Commissioner Rick Greene commented that some policies are wildly out-of-date and if the county doesn’t have a viable policy in place, it has none. The vote to buy Pictometry services was unanimous. (We detailed the aerial imaging contract requested by the county assessor two weeks ago.)
Commissioner George McMahon had tabled this to allow the budget committee full review, which took place. McMahon said his questions all were answered and he’s supportive of this contract. The aerial imaging services are $71,474 for 2013. The commissioners also acknowledged donations totalling about $1,000 for the Water Festival from eight organizations/businesses, and several individual donations for Project Lifesaver, for a total of about $700.
The first Interim Use Permit under a newly adopted county zoning ordinance, was approved 4-0. An IUP is simpler to rescind and goes with the use being regulated. It is not attached to the parcel, like traditional Conditional Use Permits are. Dana Broding has 11 conditions on the IUP now allowing for a small trucking company to operate out of his house, on Rush Point Drive in Nessel Township.
Another IUP was granted to Dave Kampa for a recovery facility (he parts-out and recycles appliances, etc.) at his home on 243rd in south Chisago Lake Township. The county submitted two requests for the state to do “speed studies” on two County Roads, Lincoln Trail #14 and on Taylors Falls’ Mulberry Street. Commissioner Robinson asked if he could add Cty. Road 30 in Rush City to the list and was advised the city council must first act on a speed study and then it goes to the county, to be forwarded onto the state speed study list.
Administrator Messelt also said the sequestration of federal budget dollars means the U.S. government is no longer “buying down” interest expenses on “Build America Bonds.” Chisago County utilized the special financing program a few years ago and benefits to the tune of about $12,000 to $15,000 each year in interest subsidy. Messelt said this could be a good thing, though, because now the county probably has the authority to refinance the bonds. He’ll report back.