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Vercon awarded bid on county transfer station

The new county transfer station will replace the existing one, which was constructed in 1987. (Diagram courtesy of Hubbard County Solid Waste Department)

The Hubbard County Board awarded bids for the new county transfer station last week.

Vercon, Inc. of Menahga submitted the low bid of $3,261,977 for construction and site improvements.

County commissioners accepted the low bid of $220,400 from Kennedy Scales, Inc. of Coon Rapids for truck scales installation.

Payments will be made from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Solid Waste Capital Assistance Program (CAP) grant, with 25 percent budgeted as a Hubbard County's match.

The transfer station is part of a larger, regional project funded by CAP. Polk County is the grant administrator.

The new transfer station will be 20,600 square feet and moves the express lane undercover. It will replace the existing transfer station at the south site, which was constructed in 1987. A commercial trucking lane will be in the other half of the new building. An attendant area includes an office and bathroom.

Construction is expected to begin in late June or early July, according to Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte. The bid completion date is March 1, 2019.

"The day-to-day operations shouldn't be interrupted too much," Holte said in a phone interview. "The express lane may get shrunk up a little bit."

In other business, the Hubbard County Board did as follows at its June 5 meeting:

• Accepted low bid of $2,968,243 from Knife River Materials, Bemidji, for bituminous overlay on Hubbard CSAH 36 and Beltrami CSAH 2 from Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2.

• Agreed to sponsor the Two Inlets Snowmobile Club's grant-in-aid application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for maintenance and grooming funds.

• Approved a DNR grant-in-aid agreement for the Round River-East ATV Trail ($20,000), Schoolcraft ATV Trail ($18,000) and Martineau Recreational OHM Trail ($16,000). The grant is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

• Approved joint powers agreement between the DNR and county to sell the gravel stockpile in Thorpe Township. The DNR will pay $18,392, which covers county costs and royalties.

• Approved an appraisal of $11,000 and the sale of a 7.23-acre piece of property on Great Deer Drive to adjoining landowners.

• Approved memorandum of agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 49 AFL-CIO, that the certified attendant I and traffic services technician positions be within the union.

• Public meetings about the county's proposed five-year construction program will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Hubbard County Government Center and 7 p.m. at Rockwood Town Hall.

• Authorized the sheriff's office to purchase crowd control equipment at a cost of $5,854.

• Approved a $35,700 quote from Reliance Telephone of East Grand Forks for on onsite video visitation system at the county law enforcement center. The contract includes a five-year maintenance agreement.

• Amended the county's sign ordinance to remove conflicts with state and federal regulations for scenic byways. No one attended the public hearing and no public input was received regarding the revision.

• Approved the final plat of Plantagenet Bay Estates by Bradley Anderson to turn 27.2 acres into 10 residential lots in Helga Township on Lake Plantagenet, a recreational development lake.

• Accepted the resignation of social worker Logan Swendsrud, effective June 1, and authorized refilling of the position.

• Accepted the resignation of office support specialist Karen Erickson, effective June 15, and authorized refilling the vacancy.

• Adopted a workplace emergency plan as recommended by the security committee.

• Approved an on-sale wine, on-sale Sunday liquor and 3.2-percent liquor license for Vision Theatre in Hubbard Township.

• Approved Outdoor Public Fireworks Display application from PC Pyrotechnics for a July 7 event in Nevis.

The next county board meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Hubbard County Government Center.

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