Crow Wing County politely declined an offer from Wadena County to share Tim Bray, newly hired county engineer.
Bray has been the Crow Wing County engineer for a matter of weeks. Administrator Tim Houle said since Bray just started and since Wadena County isn't adjacent to Crow Wing County, he suggested declining the offer at this time.
Wadena County's highway engineer recently resigned. Houle said the Minnesota Department of Transportation has indicated the engineer would need to be appointed to Wadena County for four years.
Commissioner Paul Thiede said he didn't want to reject a cooperative appointment out of hand. Houle noted the drive time between counties as a deterrent and said the department faced issues of being short-staffed here.
In other business, the board:
Scheduled a public hearing Dec. 15 to consider possible changes to fees. Department heads are expected to present recommendations for fees at the Nov. 24 meeting.
Requested an engineering and traffic investigation to determine a reasonable and safe speed limit for County Road 145 in the Jenkins area.
Approved an off-sale liquor license for MNR Inc., Marcee's, Mission Township.
Agreed to an archaeological survey for the County Highway 18 realignment in Nisswa, from Highway 371 to Centennial Lane. Federal funds will pay 80 percent of the $9,546 cost leaving $1,909 for a local match. The board discussed if that local match should come from Nisswa before deciding to cover the cost.
Authorized the installation of an automated card reader access control system at the Law Enforcement Center to resolve issues with worn locking mechanisms and security concerns from shared codes, copied keys or employee termination.
To upgrade the current system, the county chose the Blue Bright Intelligent Access Management system by Schlage, which was presented by Krause Lock and Key of Baxter.
The system will work with current access cards used with the Honeywell system the county uses. The county considered going with Honeywell, but the other system - at $14,545 - was about half the price. Funds will come from the building fund.
Received a letter from Daggett Brook Township in opposition to the proposed grant-in-aid trail for all-terrain vehicles going through the township.
RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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