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Wet weather hampers transfer station project

Rainy conditions over the past few weeks delayed concrete work at the new Hubbard County south transfer station, according to County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte. Decent weather, like Monday's sunny forecast, should get the project back on schedule, he said. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

Rainy weather over the past several weeks held up concrete and paving work at the new Hubbard County south transfer station, reported Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte at the Oct. 16 county board meeting.

"So, hopefully, with decent weather, they get more accomplished on that and keep us on schedule," he said. "Besides the concrete end of it, things have been moving right along."

The bid completion date for the 20,600-square-foot building is set for March 1, 2019. It will replace the existing transfer station, which was constructed in 1987.

County commissioners approved a quote of $66,836 from DMH Companies of New Hope, Minn. for a 20 hp stationary auger compactor for the new transfer station.

"We'll be using that to ship recyclables up to Polk County. We have an existing 10 hp unit that will be transitioning up to the north station to help with the recyclables up there," Holte said.

The price includes shipping, installation and trade-in for a sort line ($6,000) and two vertical balers ($4,000), he added..

Seventy-five percent of the cost will be covered by state funding through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Solid Waste Capital Assistance Program (CAP).

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

In related business, the county board did as follows:

• Accepted a Crow Wing Lake Township quit claim deed transfer of Lot 28, Palmer Pines 1st Addition (the Palmer Lake public access). County Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier said, "The county has been maintaining this access for many, many years. The township decided to transfer ownership to the county."

• Approved an Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club/Soaring Eagles Cross-Country Ski Trail grant-in-aid agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The grant amount is $3,300, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The county is the fiscal agent.

• Adopted a resolution of support supporting the efforts of the Trust for Public Land to secure funding to purchase the Laden Lake property in Clay Township, and convey it to the DNR for addition to the Paul Bunyan Forest. Lohmeier said the property is approximately 2,400 acres. The Clay Township Board also supports the purchase.

• Approved the transfer of a cabin lease agreement from Tim Miller to Ben Miller of Laporte and Wes Leier of Moorhead. The hunting cabin is located in Clover Township.

• Approved the sale of a tax-forfeited parcel on Shallow Lake, Nevis Township, in a 2019 auction, pending approval from the DNR.

• Reviewed the results of the Oct. 8 timber auction, which totaled $227,632. "Prices continue to decline on aspen. Our average on the aspen was $35.86 per cord. This is down roughly 36 percent from our recent high, which was January 2016," Lohmeier reported. "But we continue to sell what we put up."

• Approved the low quote of $29,388 from Park Rapids Ford for a half-ton, crew cab pickup for the county highway department. This vehicle will replace a 2003 Chevy whose transmission went out, County Highway Engineer Jed Nordin said.

• Closed the meeting to discuss the sale or purchase of real property.