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Repairs plans for bridges listed for closure


Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Engineer John Grindeland updated the board at their November 23 meeting on options to repair or replace the seven bridges that have been listed as "critical bridges" by the special State Aid consultants. Grindeland has not yet received a full report on the 60 bridges categorized as deficient that were on the list to be inspected by the consultants. The county has 473 bridges.

The bridges were part of a discussion at an November 18 meeting with engineers and consultants. Grindeland summarized the options to bring the bridges back to a legal posting.

Of the seven bridges, the state did not recommend funding for replacement of the bridge on CR 115 on the gravel loop, suggesting it can be closed with little inconvenience to local residents. It is located north of Canton and northwest of Lenora. The bridge is currently closed. Grindeland said it up to the commissioners whether or not to fix the bridge.

Commissioner Marc Prestby said he has already had some calls about the bridge and that there is a cemetery near the bridge. The loop is between two paved roads. Grindeland said a long term fix would cost about $23,000, all of which would be county dollars. The state will require permanent removal of the bridge if it is not fixed, paid for by state bonding. Prestby said with the fix the bridge could be usable for 25 to 30 years making the cost of the fix seem pretty minimal.

The commissioners intend to look at all seven of the bridges on December 14 if weather permits. Grindeland urged them to let Minnowa Construction know as soon as possible if they want to repair the bridge on the gravel portion of 115.

Of the other six bridges all are to be repaired or replaced. All dollar figures given were estimates. The bridge on CSAH 15 south and west of Preston, which is in the worst condition of all of them, may be repaired with State Aid funds for $14,500 with a 7 ton posting. It could be replaced for $800,000 (half State Aid, half bonding funds) within one or two years.

The bridge on the paved section of 115 north and east of Harmony is recommended to have traffic reduced to a single lane shifted away from the south side of the bridge until it can be replaced at a cost of $85,000, all bond funding.

The bridge north of Hwy. 30 will have traffic restricted to a single lane on the west side of the bridge until replaced, possibly in 2011, at a cost of $90,000 (half bonding and half State Aid).

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Chatfield Trails, Inc. to take over maintenance of ATV trail

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A resolution to approve an agreement between the city and Chatfield Trails, Inc. was adopted at the November 22 city council meeting. The city serves as the local government sponsor. The trail has been maintained by the Bluff Country ATV Club. Counc ..... 
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Whalan's Block Well project tabled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The November meeting of the regular Whalan City Council met with the following present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, David Rahn and Lolly Melander. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order and Lolly Melander re ..... 
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R-P forming facilities task force

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Gary Benson and Pat Overom of ICS Consulting, Inc. were present at the Monday, November 22nd, meeting to discuss the development of the Facilities Task Force. ICS was contracted with in October of this year to help the district make positive strides ..... 
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Rushford waits for feasibility study

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A report from Otomo Engineering was presented to the council at the Monday, November 22nd ,council meeting. Reviewing the summary of reports regarding FEMA for street and underground utility improvements resulting from the flood of 2007, the report ..... 
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Spring Valley company seeks EDA Loan

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

For the next couple of weeks the Spring Valley City Council will be studying a proposal from the A&F Consulting Group, Inc., seeking a $50,000.00 loan to expand their business of snow removal and landscaping. The group is in the process of purchasin ..... 
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Peterson City Council reviews proposed 2011 budget, employee insurance cuts

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on November 4, 2010. Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson and Lolly Melander were present, along with three guests. Mayor Eidenschink called the meeting to order ..... 
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Governor recount requires added staff time

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter requested additional part-time employee hours at the November 9 meeting to deal with the expected automatic recount in the Minnesota governor election. The recount will be automatic due to the closeness of the electio ..... 
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Rushford gains footing in FEMA funding

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a large sum of FEMA funding that is owed to the city following the flood of 2007 was again discussed in length at the Monday, November 8th, city council meeting. While the city has found it frustrating to deal with an ever-changing FEMA ..... 
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