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Enhanced 911 address signs to arrive faster

Posted: February 15, 2012 - 10:00pm

Crow Wing County residents will no longer have a lengthy wait to get address signs that help emergency vehicles find them.

The blue blades, which used to be known as “fire numbers,” were ordered through the county’s highway department and were taking up to 46 weeks for installation.

The county reduced that time frame to six to 15 days.

“Impressive,” said Board chairman Doug Houge.

Chris Pence, Land Services supervisor, said the county used the Lean process to bring all the people involved together to problem solve. The signs will now be made at the county and managed through a single point of contact with land service specialists locating the driveway and putting the signs up for a more efficient, stream-lined process, Pence said.

In other business, the board:

The check may not be in the mail but the coupon is. Crow Wing County mailed its annual solid waste information to residents with pricing details, operation hours and recycling opportunities from used oil to mattresses to electronics. The mailing comes with a $5 coupon called Landfill Loot, which may be used toward the cost of dropping an item off at the county landfill. The landfill is east of Brainerd off Highway 210.

About 15 percent of people turn the coupons in, the county reported at a cost of $25,000 a year.

Approved Antonsen Excavating, Deerwood, as the cleanup crew for the Robert Menth property, which the board authorized as a special assessment as provided for in the solid waste ordinance. Antonsen Excavating bid $1 for the work. Pence said the low bid came because of the value of the scrap metal on the property.

Will meet at 2 p.m. June 11 as the board of Appeal and Equalization.

Made a change in how committee report narratives are written up after Commissioner Paul Thiede objected, saying the reports provided too much detail. Thiede said people can watch or listen to the broadcast of the meeting if they are interested in that much detail. The state auditor requested the detail in response to questions about the county board’s per diem policy. Thiede has been bothered by the committee report requirement since that time.

Appointed Darrel Palmer and Wes Ellis to the Thirty Lakes Watershed District Board of Managers.

Approved the final plat for Ossie Lake Shores development.

Noted no applications were received for the Child Abuse Prevention Council opening.

Met in closed session for labor negotiations.

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