Crow Wing County commissioners want more time to consider a Baxter road proposal.
Tuesday the county board tabled action on a plan to reconstruct Inglewood Drive from Woida Road to Pine Beach Road. At issue is a county plan to improve Inglewood next year. The street is in Unorganized Territory. Baxter could partner with the county to create a stronger 10-ton road with a 4-foot paved shoulder but since surrounding parcels are not in the city limits, the city won’t be able to assess the cost back to benefiting landowners. With the cost sharing, the county would pay 73 percent and the city would pay 27 percent for the original overlay and split the additional costs related to the 10-ton design equally.
The city suggested an orderly annexation with Baxter then assuming responsibility for Inglewood Drive. Without the annexation, the city would have to sit on costs for the street improvements until properties were brought into the city limits, with a sunset on that option after 30 years.
City costs for the Inglewood Drive project north of Woida Road are estimated to be $41,850 for the overlay only or $151,417 for the 10-ton road design with the paved shoulders. For the road construction itself, the county portion of the 10-ton road could be $222,717. With the overlay only, Baxter reported the county portion is expected to be $113,150.
The county serves as the town board for Unorganized Territory.
County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said there have been complaints about Inglewood Drive for some time and it has been on the county’s short list for improvements for a number of years.
Bray said the city can’t see expending this money unless Inglewood Drive is in their city. Administrator Tim Houle said the formula is similar to other road turnbacks where the county requires the road to be improved at the other party’s expense before taking it over. In this case, Houle said, the city is saying it’ll split that expense as long as the street ends up in the city limits.
Commissioner Rosemary Franzen said she had only heard one objection and the process was a common protocol to upgrade a road. Commissioner Paul Thiede said he’d had several calls on the topic and orderly annexation could encompass the entire First Assessment District of Unorganized Territory. Thiede questioned if that was in the best interest of the county or the district.
“That’s an answer I don’t have sitting here today,” Thiede said.
He asked what the savings would be to the county if it no longer was responsible to maintain Inglewood Drive or plow it during the winter. Thiede said he suspects watching Unorganized Territory devolve into city suburbs will be a more frequently pursued plan in the future.
Franzen then said as a resident on the road she’d prefer it wouldn’t be upgraded to the 10-ton design. Bray said waiting another two weeks was not an insurmountable delay in preparing for the road project, which is expected in 2014.
In other business, the county board:
Discussed the Big Pine Lake Rock Dam. The county asked for proposals to study options to fix the dam, which continues to have erosion issues. Bray said the proposals came back with higher than expected costs so he was going to talk with the proposal providers to find out more about the cost drivers.
The Big Pine Lake Association stated the annual assessments, started to fund repairs or a new dam, will be wiped out after a washout repair. The association is asking to raise the annual assessment to $200 annually and after sending out letters, three were received against the proposal.
Proclaimed National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12 and enjoyed a breakfast of fruit and pastries provided, as it is annually, by the Crow Wing County 4-Hers. The county noted 4-H in Minnesota claims 71,000 youth members and 9,500 adult volunteers. In Crow Wing County, there are more than 300 4-H program members and more than 100 volunteers. The program, part of the University of Minnesota Extension, aims to provide hands-on experiences in science, engineering and technology, healthy living and citizenship.
Noted Deputy Chad Turcotte was leaving as of Sept. 27. Two new hires were Kristen Morton-Aldous as a Community Services case aid and Jason Walkowiak as a technical support technician.
Accepted a $2,126 donation to the Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol.
Accepted a Thirty Lakes Watershed District request to have Land Services provide administrative services. Since a Thirty Lakes Watershed District administrator resigned in June, the board noted Land Services has been fulfilling that role anyway.
Authorized a joint powers agreement with the state to reimburse expenses related to the county’s bomb squad between July 2014 and June 2015. The agreement provides up to $19,000 each year or $38,000 in total, to the county for responding to bomb calls at a rate of $175 per hour.
Authorized an agreement with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children (MICAC) Task Force with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to reimburse overtime related to the MICAC through 2016.