By Kristen Miller
MEEKER COUNTY, MN - Paving is expected to begin Monday, Aug. 3 for Meeker County State Aid Highway 15 as the Meeker County Board approved the bid from Duininck Brothers Tuesday.
The bid of $1,805,125 came in well below the engineer’s estimate of $1,916,791. Two other bids from Knife River and Mid Minnesota also came in, but above the approved bid.
County engineer Ron Mortenson gave an update of the road, stating that grading is complete and gravel was being laid Tuesday.
The expected completion of work on CSAH 15 is Saturday, Oct. 3.
Work begins on CSAH 27
The board accepted a bid for repair work on CSAH 27, Kingston, from Minnerath Construction, out of Cold Spring for $685,285.
The engineer’s estimate for this project was $961,533.
The project will include rebuilding the existing road, making it wider, as well as flattening out the curves and replacing the culverts.
This project is set to begin Wednesday, May 27, with an expected completion date of Friday, Aug. 7.
Final payment made on Dassel bike path
The board approved a request to make the final payment of $4,557 for the Dassel Recreational Trail.
The project cost roughly $15,000 more than the contracted amount of $107,016, due to some minor drainage problems that arose during the project, according to Mortenson.
The drainage was corrected with the installation of tiles near the Dassel Community Cemetery.
Commissioner Amy Wilde commented that the bike path is a “really good addition” to the community and is being used.
Wilde added this is a safe way for children from the Rolling Acres housing development to get to Spring Lake Park without traveling along County Road 4.
No action taken with HRA committee
Regarding the effectiveness of the resignation of Ron Johnson from the Meeker County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, a letter was sent to the Minnesota attorney general by Stephanie Beckman, county attorney, May 12.
The letter requests an opinion on the legality of the resignation, and also about an HRA request for commissioner Wilde to be removed from the committee, due to a conflict of interest.
Due to Wilde’s recent health issues, Beckman suggested an interim replace Wilde for the time being. Commissioner Wally Strand was appointed as interim to serve on the HRA board until the opinion of the attorney general is received and acted upon.
The board approved a 10 cent decrease in mileage reimbursements as recommended by the budget committee.
The current rate is 55 cents, but effective June 1, the rate will decrease to 45 cents. If the cost of gas does not go up excessively, making the board rescind the rate, the new rate will save the county $24,000.
“They would rather do this than lay off a person,” Wilde told the board, adding that gas prices will be watched carefully.