Crow Wing County's soil survey is outdated.
The Crow Wing County Board agreed Tuesday to use $2,500 from the road and bridge fund to help update the soil survey legend project.
A soil legend update would convert the county's general soil types to the soil types that are currently in use, Keith Pohl, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District manager, said in a letter to Duane Blanck, county highway engineer. Pohl wrote that many soil names in the current survey are obsolete.
"Updating the current survey is an important issue to all of the residents of Crow Wing County," he wrote. "The soil survey is an important land use tool."
The soil survey describes soil properties in any given area of the county. Descriptions include the suitability of the soils for road construction, construction materials, gravel resources, engineering index properties and physical properties of the soil.
Money from the county will be used to pay a soil scientist and for aerial photos. The soil scientist is based in Fergus Falls and will spend more time on the road than working in the field if there is no per diem money, said Pohl.
The SWCD is contributing $1,000 for the project and a technician's time, 30 Lakes Watershed District contributed $400, three townships contributed and others have indicated they will. The project requires $5,000 of local funding.
In other highway business, commissioners agreed to vacate an unnecessary right-of-way along County State Aid Highway 15. The road was reconstructed in 1996 when a sharp curve was realigned. In doing so, some unusable land was taken. An adjacent landowner is interested in buying the land.
Blanck reviewed construction projects. Plans for CSAH 19 in Mission Township have been signed and will meet the deadline for federal funding. Some parcels for right-of-way need to be acquired for this project and Blanck hopes construction will begin this summer.
Working on the plans for this project has been a long process and Ed Larsen, county board chairman, said that at an open house in Center Township a majority of the people supported the plans and were ready to move on with the project.
The CSAH 20 project on Riverside Drive is a joint effort with Brainerd. Reconstruction and a major water and sewer extension are needed. Blanck said a small group, which has expressed interest in the project and represents five neighborhoods the project would affect, will participate in the meetings. A public informational hearing will be in May or June.
Blanck plans to have information about projects for the 2001 construction season to the board by March 27.
The board expressed its support to allocate $20,000 from the road and bridge fund for a Scenic Byway interpretive grant, if awarded. The grant money would be used to identify sites for future construction along the byway, such as a rest area.
The board has received 100 applicants for a maintenance position in the department in Emily. Blanck hopes to have this position filled by April. Blanck will begin advertising for a seasonal maintenance person and an engineering position.
Commissioners agreed to advertise for the annual supply of culverts.
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