The Hubbard County Board reviewed the 2021 deficient bridges plan earlier this month with Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin.

The following deficient bridges are high priority and Hubbard County intends to replace, rehabilitate, or remove these bridges as soon as possible when funds are available:

  • Bridge No. L8222 over Belle Taine Lake on Fairwood Drive. Estimated cost is $436,000. Township bridge funds would be $416,000 and local funds $20,000. The project is suggested for 2021.

  • Bridge No. 29501 over the Necktie River on CSAH 16. Estimated cost is $530,000. State aid is $350,000, with $180,000 in needed bonding. Work is proposed for 2021.

  • Bridge No. 29505 over the Crow Wing River on CSAH 13. Estimated cost is $600,000, with state aid covering $350,000. A $250,000 bond is needed. It's proposed for 2023.

  • Bridge No. 170 over the Straight River on 149th Avenue. Estimated cost is $300,000. Township bridge funds would cover $280,000 and local funds $20,000. Work is recommended for 2024.

In related business, the county board:

  • Approved the low quote from Up North Power and Sports for a 2021 Polaris 800 Titan SP 155 ES for $12,357.

  • Approved quote from Mills Detail and Trailer of $3,857 for a 2021 Triton snowmobile trailer with shield.

  • Approved the purchase of a Kubota skid steer from Acme Tools at the price of $41,302 to be paid for out of county solid waste department funds.

  • Hubbard County Attorney Jonathan Frieden introduced Assistant County Attorney Adam Rowe-Johnson, who began his position Jan. 25

  • Authorized additional equipment of $37,494 for completion of the county boardroom audio-video conferencing project to include two additional stations, public meeting access, labor and programming. CARES funds are also being utilized for this purchase, totaling $70,956, from Digital Horizons, LLC of Brainerd. According to the plan, a new audio-video switching matrix will be installed for routing audio and video connections between audio-video sources and displays and a recording system. From the county administrator’s location, there will be a computer and monitor to run the meeting, showing PDFs, video content, video conferencing, etc.