The Hubbard County Board approved $2,383,207 in budget reductions, in consultation with county department managers, at their May 19 meeting.

According to the consent agenda, the reductions for 2020 were through cancellations, reduction or deferral of purchase, operating expenses and hiring.

In other business, the board did as follows:

  • Accepted the low bid of $537,351 from Korby Contracting, Inc. of Fergus Falls for bridge replacement on County State Aid Highway 40 at Eagle River.

  • Rejected quotes for parks, ground maintenance, facilities cleaning and garbage removal, which would have eaten up the county natural resources’ budget for the entire year and instead agreed to hire two seasonal helpers.

  • Tabled discussion about the Northern Waters Land Trust’s possible acquisition of 120 acres in Hendrickson Township from a private seller. The land, which adjoins existing tax-forfeited land and a portion of Kabekona River, would be turned over to Hubbard County. The board asked that the matter be vetted with the township board.

  • Approved an annual agreement with T.W. Vending Inc. to offer certain services to jail inmates, such as vending machines, kiosks, handhelds or laptops. These services are paid for by the inmates.

  • Approved a one-year contract with GoSecure Inc. of La Jolla, Calif. for email and internet security platforms.

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