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County highway, bridge projects scheduled for 2018

The Hubbard County Board has approved a slate of highway projects for 2018.

They also reviewed the annual bridge inspection report during their Feb. 6 meeting.

By state and federal law, the county is required to evaluate the structural integrity of all bridges with a 10-foot span or greater.

The highway projects are as follows:

• Bituminous reclamation and overlay on CSAH 36, from U.S. Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2.

• Bituminous overlay on CSAH 29 in Rockwood Township, from CSAH 9 to the county line.

• Bituminous overlay on County 89, from U.S. Hwy. 71 to 2.5 miles north. The road is located on the east side of Island Lake in Arago Township.

• Bituminous overlay on County 104, from CSAH 24 to 1.4 miles north. The road wends between Bad Axe and Mantrap lakes in Clay Township.

A box culvert replacement and grading project on CSAH 36 over the Necktie River in Helga Township may be delayed, according to Public Works Coordinator/County Highway Engineer David Olsonawski.

"We are researching that out to see whether or not we want to do that at this time. We might let that go because there is no visual of problems. We might just delay that as long as we can, being that we don't have bridge bonding money for that," he said.

The county is also seeking quotes for equipment rental, gasoline, diesel, culverts, aggregate and bituminous materials, pavement marking, GPS construction equipment, liquid calcium chloride, signs and posts.

Bridge report

Olsonawski summarized the findings of the county's 2017 bridge inspections.

Thirty-two bridges in the CSAH system are "capable of carrying a legal load," while one is "considered substandard." Bridges that need to be replaced — on CSAH 13, 16, 33 and 40 — are on the 2018 priority construction list.

All 11 bridges in the township road system are considered capable of legal loading, "but two are substandard as to width and alignment. Repairs are needed on some of these bridges," according to the report.

A timber bridge in Nevis Township road, located .1 mile south of the junction with CSAH 18, was built in 1965. It has some decay, splitting and cracking.

The county recommends that signs be replaced on a Straight River Township bridge, .7 miles north of the junction with state Hwy. 87. This bridge was built in 1911 and remodeled in 1926. The report stated the structure was in fair condition for its age.

The municipal footbridge over the Fish Hook dam, built in 1983, is in good condition, but does need some minor repairs and maintenance.

Two wing caps need to be replaced on a state forest road bridge.

Olsonawski said a detailed summary was sent to all affected townships and city officials.

Trunk highways and DNR-designated trail structures are not inspected by Hubbard County.

In related business, the county board did as follows:

• Renewed waste hauler licenses for City Sanitary & Roll-Off, Dale Anderson, Park Rapids; Peter Meyers, Park Rapids; Rapid Roll-off Systems, Northern Pines Sanitation, LLC, Park Rapids; City Sanitary Service, Dan Ihrke, Walker; T&K Outdoors, Inc., Bemidji; Waste Management, Bemidji; American Disposal, Inc., Deer River, and AAA Roll-off Services, LLC of Sebeka.

• Approved new waste hauler license for A & D Trash Collection, LLC, Park Rapids.

• Approved a partnership agreement between MnDOT, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Park Rapids and Hubbard County for maintenance of the Park Rapids Safety Rest Area on U.S. Hwy. 71. Costs to the city and county are typically $4,500 each per year, while the chamber contributes $1,000 annually, reported County Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier. "We also do the grounds, recycling and maintenance out there." The agreement will expire Nov. 1, 2031.

• Approved a temporary detour over CSAH 19 this year while the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) works on state Highway 371, from U.S. Hwy. 87 in Backus to CSAH 5 in Hackensack.

• Approved the low quote of $48,262.91 for a skidsteer and attachments from Bobcat of Bemidji.

• Agreed to act a local sponsor for Northwoods Riders OHV Club's grant-in-aid application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The club seeks $20,000 in state funding to maintain 29.2 miles of the Schoolcraft ATV Trail.

• Approving the sale of a tax-forfeited land parcel within the City of Park Rapids. The land will only be offered to adjoining landowners. "Previous owner had two lots. The owner built on both lots. One lot forfeited, so we've got a half a house on a lot. The former owner does want to repurchase the property because he has a buyer for the whole works," Lohmeier said.

• Learned that a Carrier 48K roof top unit was replaced on the public works building as an operational expense. The low quote of $4,897 was from Samuelson Laney of Park Rapids.

• Authorized the new public works coordinator to attend the National Association of County Engineers conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. from April 22 to 26, with the registration, lodging, and parking to be paid by the county.

• Approved the addition of Chris Holter, Chris Hirsch, and Adam Holter to a recreational cabin lease.