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Help expected for property owners affected by June flooding

Posted: August 28, 2012 - 9:05pm

Low-interest loans are expected to help Crow Wing County property owners affected by the June flooding.

But county officials have yet to hear the details expected with the recent special session and disaster bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

John Bowen, Crow Wing County emergency management director, said there will be an option to apply for losses and the county will get that word out as soon as it’s available.

The county was unsuccessful in getting the earlier rain event in May considered. The county didn’t qualify for federal funding as it didn’t meet the minimum requirement of 25 homes that were 50 percent destroyed. The county had three homes in that category.

In other business, the board:

Accepted a donation of $600 from the Crow Wing County Fair Association for the county’s mounted patrol unit.

Approved an application from Richard and Monica Travis to repurchase forfeited land in Agate Lake Estates. The land was forfeited on Sept. 30, 2011 after delinquent taxes from 2007-2010 with $5,062.93 required to repurchase.

Agreed to provide a written project plan and timber sale appraisal after receiving requests by Baxter and Breezy Point for forest management assistance on city-owned forest lands. The county will get a service fee equal to 15 percent of the total value of the timber sold. The agreement has a parcel size requirement of 20 contiguous acres.

Approved the mailing of a Community Services’ health survey.

Accepted a sheriff’s office request to donate a 2005 Ford Explorer, valued at $4,500 to $5,000 to the Crow Wing County Community Corrections to be used to check on individuals who are involved with the Drug Court program.

Authorized the Minnesota Department of Transportation to accept federal funds on the county’s behalf for flood damages at four locations on County Highway 1 at Van Sickle Creek in Emily, two sites on County Highway 36 at Johnson’s Creek and Ross Brook in Ross Lake Township and one spot on County Highway 10 southeast of Deerwood in Deerwood Township. The county reported culvert replacements and/or resurfacing is required at all four sites.

Certified final assessment amounts for the Terratrac Road improvement project. The original cost estimate was $94,000 or $5,222 per parcel owner, but the project was put into a contract with 10 other roads for a cost savings. The final project cost $83,671.38 or $4,648.41 per parcel owner.

Approved final payment for paving County Road 127 and First Assessment district roads in Unorganized Territory to Tri-City Paving of $818,012, or $76,118 less than original contract amount.

Approved final pavement for seal coating of $245,659 to Asphalt Preservation Co. for County Highway 19, County Highway 39 and County Road 103 and a Long Lake Township Road .

Approved a one-year contract with Marco Business Products from the information technologies budget at a rate of $9,568 per month and a one time set-up fee of $1,500 and print management service at a rate of $1,808 per month from individual departments.

Met in a workshop to discuss the budget.

Met in closed session for Administrator Tim Houle’s performance evaluation.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at