Crow Wing County commissioners agreed to spend $9,281 in an effort to make snowmobile trails safer.
The county board voted Tuesday to spend the funds for trail identification signs. The signs will be included in the county's Global Positioning System information, making it much easier to find an injured person on the trail system.
"I definitely see a need for these trails to be marked," Crow Wing County Sheriff Eric Klang said.
The 875 miles of county trails will be marked with a sign every mile. Snowmobile clubs will put the signs up and county staff will coordinate the GPS.
In other business, the board:
The Crow Wing County Board meets with the planning commission for a public hearing today to gather information on shoreland issues.
The meeting will air issues surrounding planned unit developments, which can include conversions of resorts to multiple housing units.
The session begins 5 p.m. today in Meeting Room 1 of the Service Building next to the courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd.
Heard Sheriff Eric Klang and County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. were requested to represent the county on a strategic planning committee. The committee is looking at a medical examiner's satellite office in the region. A meeting notice was sent to Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
Bob Hutton, Region 5 Development Commission executive director, said a regional facility could assist crime investigations and reduce transportation costs.
A meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in the Region 5 offices in Staples. Commissioner John Ferrari said the board would like to see a satellite office in Crow Wing County.
Agreed to appoint two to three more people to the steering committee looking at all-terrain vehicles and limit the scope to road right-of-way issues such as ATVs operating in ditches.
The committee is considering whether there are specific roads that should be closed to ATVs.
The subject of ATV recreation was referred to the parks department. Commissioner Gary Walters said he wanted to coordinate ATV recreation options such as an ATV park with the parks commission.
Heard a detailed report on a geographic atlas completed this summer.
The atlas is expected to assist the county in managing groundwater and understanding how contaminants may affect both drinking and surface water depending on the surrounding soil composition.
The study also identifies prime deposits of sand and gravel used in road building.
Heard the 2004 tax-forfeited land sale raised $388,273 for 28 parcels.
Considered extending a purchase agreement option with the city of Emily for six months. The city does not expect to close on the property until spring. The city intends to purchase the land from the county for its sewage treatment facility and wants to clear the trees to make survey work easier.
Commissioners questioned the tree-clearing. Larsen said he was not in favor of changes to the property until the city actually purchased it. Land Commissioner Tom Cowell will talk to the Emily mayor and report back to the board.
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