Highway Engineer Ron Gregg asked the board to advertise six 2024 scheduled road projects at the board’s October 3 meeting.
Gregg said the projects are ready to advertise. Projects include a concrete overlay on CSAH 1 between CSAH 39 and the west city limits of Spring Valley, improvements to CSAH 4 from intersection of CSAH 38 to CSAH 5, a culvert replacement on CSAH 12 in Carimona Township, a bridge replacement on CSAH 30 in Harmony Township, a township bridge replacement on Village Rd. in Rushford Village, and a township bridge replacement on Kodiac Rd. in Carimona Township.
The request to advertise the six projects was approved.
The final payment was approved for the 2023 Rock Contract with Milestone Materials in the amount of $7,965.66 as requested by Gregg. The rock contract includes CSAH 30 in Bristol and York Townships, CSAH 15 in Carimona and Bristol Townships, CSAH 22 in Carimona and Preston Townships, and CR 110 in Carimona Township.
The 2024 CVSO grant (county veteran service officer) was accepted. Veterans officer Jason Marquardt said the annual grant money through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will be used mostly for office enhancements including two new computers.
Wanda Berg, social services director, and Marquardt explained the request to approve $10,000 from Prevent 22 group to fund the Veterans in Need (VIN) grant through social services. Prevent 22 group is a Fillmore County organization to help Fillmore County veterans that don’t qualify for other state or federal veterans’ programs. The $10,000 donation was accepted by Fillmore County social services from Prevent 22 Task Force in Preston. The funds will be used for veterans in need of assistance. The VIN fund will be monitored by the Veterans Office and VIN committee which includes social services. The assistance is to help assure financial stability to prevent or decrease suicidal tendencies.
Other Business in Brief
• Jessica Erickson, public health director, requested and received approval for Opioid Fund expenditures for Narcan (naloxone nasal spray) and a trainer to demonstrate administration of Narcan. A committee consisting of community services members (includes two commissioners), city administrators of municipalities in the county, and school representatives will discuss use of the Opioid Fund money which will be received over an 18-year period. Education about opioids will be a priority. The committee will meet annually; the first meeting is to be held October 10 at 1 p.m. County Administrator Bobbie Hillery said $122,000 has been collected so far from the fund.
• Off-sale hemp registration approval was granted for Preston Liquor Inc.
On-sale Hemp registration was granted for Fifth Sun Gardens. Fifth Sun Gardens already has an off-sale license.
• Shelby Antoff was hired as a replacement social worker, effective October 30.
• An access permit to CR 21 for a new building site was approved for Henry and Maria Hershberger, section 5 of Amherst Township.
An access permit to CSAH 5 for a driveway (no driveway access currently) was approved for Mike and Cindy Kelly, section 17 of Chatfield Township.
• Paybook #5 for the jail project in the total amount of $356,149.70 was approved per construction manager, Contegrity Group. The construction manager is on site. Hillery explained everything is checked as the project goes forward. Checks are sent to subcontractors through Contegrity Group.
• The next county board meeting will be held on October 10.