$2 Million Tagged For Courthouse
The Marshall County Commission assigned $2 million in funding to be used for courthouse and jail purposes at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The board also plans to meet with representatives from HKG Architects of Aberdeen at its next meeting on Dec. 17 to go over plans for the courthouse/jail project. Earlier this year the board had said it was planning to put a bond issue on the ballot for the project in the June primary next year.
In other action Tuesday two representatives from Clark Engineering met with commissioners to go over the bridge inspection report. Any bridge over 20 feet long is required to be inspected every two years.
The report noted that of the 24 bridges in Marshall County 13 of them were rated good, none were rated fair, and 11 were rated poor. All of the bridges rated poor have signs posted that indicate weight limits.
County Auditor Megan Biel said that the average cost to replace a bridge would be $565,927. To replace all 11 bridges rated as poor would cost over $5.1 million. Biel said that the county would continue to apply for bridge improvement grants that she said are difficult to obtain. If a grant is awarded the state pays 80 percent of the cost and the county 20 percent.
County custodian Bill College met with the board and asked about purchasing a better snowblower for the Community Building. The board directed College to look at maintenance options to improve the operation of the present equipment.
Highway Superintendent Dustin Hofland said the county conmtinues to move snow aas needed. He said one truck is currently having a sander installed in Aberdeen but all other equipment is ready to go.
The board approved travel for all highway department employees to NSHA training in Aberdeen. It also approved a new printer for the highway department office.
Highway department secretary Sandy Dinger reported on a safety conference that she and Bill College attended in Mitchell. She thanked county employees for their efforts in helping the county obtain a Gold Level Award for safety and a Platinum Award for its low number of accident claims. College replaced long-time Safety Board member Linda Haaland who ws thanked for her years of service.
Two building permits were approved for Sunset Colony and Ann Erickson. A building permit application from Roger Johnson was discussed and action was deferred until a site plan from Johnson is received.
The board gave its approval for the chairman to sign the annual NECOG agreement and the annual agreement for county health services from the state.
An executive session on personnel was held for 25 minutes. Upon resuming regular session no action was taken.