Breezy Point will be getting help for ongoing traffic congestion at Eagle View Elementary School, Crow Wing County commissioners decided Tuesday.
The board approved spending $5,000 to help ease what officials call a safety concern at the school's entrance on County Road 11.
Discussions have involved Pequot Lakes School District, Breezy Point officials and law enforcement. When the school was constructed, officials underestimated the number of parents who would be dropping children off and picking them up at the school versus sending them to school via the bus.
Last year, Breezy Point police officers provided traffic control at the school's entrance in the morning and afternoon. But the county was told that would not be an option for the coming school year.
Rob Hall, assistant county engineer, said developers are working with Breezy Point for road access on County Road 11's north side to improve safety. The county is adding another entrance to the school on the west side of the parking lot to ease congestion. The county plans to remark some of the existing turn and bypass lanes as well. The school district will pave the new entrance and provide signs to direct traffic, Hall said.
In other business, the board:
Welcomed newly hired highway engineer Lyndon Robjent during his first week on the job.
"I'm just very honored and thankful to be here," Robjent said.
Heard from Doug Morris, solid waste coordinator, that iLevel by Weyerhaeuser of Deerwood was backing out of plans to capture landfill gas and pipe it to the plant for use as an energy source.
Tabled a request to hire replacements for a corrections officer, a senior engineering technician, a recorder's office technical clerk and a collections supervisor in social services.
Heard the Wright Street extension is going forward at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
Learned a juvenile detention center update is expected from The Carey Group at the Aug. 28 board session. The board requested that The Carey Group consultants submit a proposal about opening a juvenile detention center here. This spring, the Central Minnesota Juvenile Center in Brainerd was closed by the joint powers board of commissioners from Aitkin, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.
County Administrator David Hamilton drafted a letter to area counties to determine their interest in a funding partnership for The Carey Group's study of details and costs associated with opening a youth detention center. Hamilton reported that The Carey Group's study is expected to cost $24,400. Hamilton suggested that Crow Wing County, as owner of the facility at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center in Brainerd, will pay 50 percent of the study cost and other interested counties could pay a portion of the remaining costs based on their overall population.
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