By Roz Kohls
The Meeker County Board of Commissioners gave the county highway engineer permission to advertise for bids Tuesday for the Meeker County State Aid Highway 15 grading project.
The $1.5 million grading project southeast of Dassel will use federal money, County Engineer Ron Mortensen said.
All of the property owners along the road, which runs from County Road 6 south to the McLeod County border, have agreed to an easement for a 17-foot-wide strip of land along the road, except for one couple, Thomas and Meribeth Reynolds of Dassel, according to Assistant County Attorney Beth Cummins.
The 17-foot-wide strip will be used to widen the road to 50 feet, from 33 feet. The county board previously gave Cummins permission in March to start condemnation proceedings for the Reynolds’ 1,000-foot strip of land.
In 2009, CSAH 15 will be surfaced with bituminous for $1.9 million.
In other highway business, construction on the Dassel bike trail, planned to run north from the Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel, along County Road 4, to Meeker County Spring Lake Park, won’t begin until after Memorial Day, Mortensen said.
Residents had asked Commissioner Amy Wilde about starting after Memorial Day because the proposed route goes past the Dassel Cemetery.
The county board also gave Mortensen permission to advertise for seasonal mower operators.
Odds and ends
In other business, the county board:
• hired Rebecca Miller as an information technician, and Lacee Scheirel as a social worker. Scheirel, who has experience working with chemically dependent clients, will receive $18.05 per hour, beginning Monday, April 14.
• appointed Mike Sundin to the Minnesota Extension Committee.
• named County Commissioner Wally Strand to the Minnesota Shore land Rule Revision Statewide External Advisory Committee. The last time shore land rules were revised was 1989. A Meeker County commissioner was selected for the committee because it was one of the first counties in southern Minnesota to develop its own shore land rules. Also, Meeker County contains ag lakes, which are different than the lakes up north.