7/14/2017 10:33:00 AM County board business in brief...
The county board meeting the day after the Fourth of July was brief; with Commissioner Lora Walker absent and business kept to the basics.
The commissioners: ~ Approved the recommendation to award a bid for intersection improvements at County Roads 23 and 27, (or Morgan Ave. and Chisago Blvd.) south of Lindstrom. There will be turn lanes added and lighting upgraded. Dresel was the apparent low bid at $417,277.
~ A subdivision for Vince Charles was approved. Three lots on 18 acres will be carved out at the southwest corner of Reed Ave and Wild Mountain Road.
~ The state legislature funded dozens of grants for security needs at county courthouses/government centers. Chisago County officially accepted its grant of $21,123. There are plans to use the funds for more secure transaction portals in two departments, and small viewing windows in doors, to see into rooms used on the courts floor that don’t have windows.
~More money was accepted in the form of a donation of $500, from Connie Mayfield and Bruce Meyer for the sheriff K9 unit.
~ State Health Improvement Program grants (SHIP) were approved to go for an outdoor classroom at CE Jacobson Elementary in Rush City, also for interactive recess equipment and vertical “tower gardens” and other equipment for Wyoming Elementary and Rush City High School gets financial help with an outdoor classroom.
County HHS Director Nancy Dahlin also mentioned that the county, Family Pathways, maybe Fare For All and Rush City District officials are working on offering food pantry items to needy students. Dahlin said it’s about $9,000 for 100 students per year for each to receive weekend food supplies.
The idea is being developed along the vein of the “backpack” food distribution programs in use in the Chisago Lakes and North Branch districts.
Commissioner Mike Robinson commented that having no grocery store in Rush City makes it hard to access healthy food for many who lack transportation. “You can’t get what you need (meal prep) in town,” he stated.
Commissioner George McMahon advised Dahlin the County Board is one hundred percent supportive of making sure students can receive nutritional help.