On Tuesday, the Hubbard County Board approved the purchase of excess fill material from the U.S. Hwy. 71 roundabout project from Sandquist Construction at $2 per yard, not to exceed 25,000 yards.

County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte said the fill will be used for cover material at the south demolition landfill. Sandquist is storing the fill at the Park Rapids Industrial Park.

“Over the next couple of years, at the transfer station we are going to need a lot of fill and cover material for our demolition landfill, probably looking at having to purchase it next year,” Holte said. “This material is extremely close and a pretty good mix to be used as cover, so we think it’s a really good deal.”

The county highway department could haul the material to the south transfer station.

“This happens to be as close as we could get,” agreed County Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin. The highway department can use the fill for building up slopes, he added.

“It’s too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Holte said, noting it was budgeted for next year. Typically, the county pays $2.80 per yard.

The board unanimously approved the purchase.

In related and other business, the county board did as follows:

  • Learned there will be an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 to solicit public comments on the county’s draft recreation plan. It will be held in Room 324 of the Hubbard County Government Center. There is a link to the draft plan and a short survey on the County website (www.co.hubbard.mn.us) under “Announcements.”

  • Approved the purchase and installation of equipment (light bars, sirens, cages, computer mounting equipment, graphics, cameras, etc.) in three new squad cars. The total cost is $29,912, not including shipping. Payment will come from the sheriff’s office budgeted monies.

  • Approved a contract with Dr. Kelly Mills to serve as medical examiner for Hubbard County. Compensation is $250 per month, plus about $2,000 for a complete forensic autopsy and about $1,000 for an external examination with basic toxicology. Sheriff Cory Aukes said that longtime medical examiner Dr. Michael McGee is retiring, but Mills also works at the Ramsey County Morgue. The contract term ends on Dec. 31, 2022.

  • Accepted a $5,225 quote from Dell Inc. for two laptop computers for the sheriff’s office. Aukes said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension requires all devices to be operating on Windows 10 or higher. Two outdated existing laptops will be replaced.

  • Closed the meeting due to attorney-client privilege and for labor negotiations strategy.

  • Accepted an $11,300 quote from Swanston Equipment of Fargo for an angle broom for a highway department tractor.

  • Accepted Area Excavating’s quote of $8,300 for building demolition and site restoration at 380 Marie Ave. S., Akeley and $2,900 for the same services at 350 Graceson Ave. S., Akeley.

  • Removed a tax-forfeited home at 501 Central Ave. N., Park Rapids from a demolition quote due to a buyer interested in purchasing the property.

  • Accepted Avenson Electric’s quote of $2,129 to replace emergency lights and high bay lights at the north transfer station.

  • Accepted a $1,730 quote for a snowplow mount from Thelens Snowplows of Park Rapids for the county highway department.

  • Approved DNR grant-in-aid applications for the Timberland Devils ATV Club and Paul Bunyan Forest Riders OHM Club.