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January 19, 2018

12/29/2017 11:28:00 AM
County Road 20 project awarded

The Chisago County Board awarded the bid last week for replacing the County State Aid Highway #20 (North Lakes Trail) bridge on the channel between North Center and North Lindstrom lakes.  The Redstone Construction Company of Mora had the low bid,  of five that the county engineer received, coming in at $2,410,633.

State Bridge Bonding and State Aid appropriations help to cover the costs.  Triplett said the county is approved for $871,000 from bonding and $1.5 million through state aid funds.

The city of Lindstrom has already relocated an underground municipal watermain that was in the roadside in the work zone.  The new pipeline corridor was directionally bored to the east of CSAH #20.  Triplett explained the bridge deck-- relative to channel elevation and navigation-- is designed to match the channel under Hwy. 8 connecting North and South Lindstrom lakes.
Redstone Contracting is tentatively scheduled to begin work in spring 2018.

Harris Bridge Repairs
The Harris area #10 bridge is slated for repairs through MnDOT.

Triplett said there was contact made with the bridge by a vehicle traveling on the freeway and the incident damaged the bridge.  In early December the state tried heat-straightening and opted to order new steel and fabricate,  Triplett added.  A MnDOT spokesperson tells the Press the project schedule will be determined as of (today) December 28.  Check the state 511 website for bridgework updates or detours, or see www.chisagocountypress.com.

No Board pay raise
County Commissioners voted 4-0 (Lora Walker arriving late) to keep wages where they are for themselves in 2018.  County Board commissioners are paid $29,662.

The per diem or per-day meeting attendance compensation remains $50 for commissioners and for citizens appointed to committees.

The Board also sets the coming year’s wages for elected, and certain unelected-appointed staff.  

The county attorney wage was highlighted as needing an increase, noted  Commissioner Mike Robinson. He said the county salary is low among county attorneys.  The wage was set to be $108,000 and Robinson amended this wage adjustment scale to end up at $120,000.

The commissioners then unanimously adopted the schedule of 2018 pay.

The sheriff is at $122,745; auditor treasurer is at $117,167; Chief Deputy $100,603 and county administrator at $125,826.

Ditch Levy Upped
There’s going to be some work done to the system of ditches in the near future and the county commissioners supported a 25 percent increase in the ditches’ maintenance levy for 2018.  Your statements showing the ditch as a line item special tax, will increase in relation to the action. This is a targeted tax and only the parcels getting a ditch drainage benefit see this tax levy.

The commissioners approved the new contract through 2019, betwen the sheriff and cities of Stacy, Center City, and Taylors Falls for law enforcement hours, at $58.85 per hour.  Each city designates how many hours and what times of day/night it contracts for.

Related to law enforcement:  fire and police Mobile/portable radios will be replaced.  The Board approved a Motorola agreement through existing federal and state contracts.  

The ARMER system equipment lease purchase is approximately $2 million.  The agreement goes for five-years and the first payment won’t be due until January 2019, the Board was advised.  The yearly payments are $439,235.

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