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County Board hears stop sign concerns

August 6, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer ( , Faribault County Register

Farmer Kip Herrmann of Delavan gave the County Board a piece of his mind during the Aug. 1 meeting at the Faribault County Courthouse. The overall road safety of County State Aid Highway 18 was among the top concerns Herrmann addressed to board.

"It just looks to me that it's very steep now with no shoulder on that road," Herrmann said. "You can't pull back onto the road if you have a wheel off the road. It's just terrible."

Herrmann also raised concerns over the new stop sign location at the junction of 225th Avenue and 415th Street. With these changes happening just two weeks ago, Herrmann is fearful that poor visibility and the unfamiliar location of the signs, which are now off of 415th Avenue crossing onto County Road 18, could spell disaster.

"I have to live out there and I can see an accident happening. Something else should be done. Why don't you put up a better stop sign," Herrmann argued.

The board discussed these concerns amongst themselves and ultimately decided to authorize the purchase of large stop signs to be used at the area in question.

Although the board mentioned the new stop signs could be moved when needed, public works director and county engineer Mark Daly strongly disagreed with the decision. Daly stated the low traffic area as well as setting a bad precedent as his main points of contention. "How will we get funding for this project?" Daly asked of the board. "We'll just take it out of your lunch money," commissioner Greg Young quipped.

Other action items from the meeting included the acceptance of Paragon Materials' quote of $83,800 for sand mining and washing. The cost is on par with the pricing from 2009 and 2010, but has been adjusted for inflation.

A motion was also passed for the final payment resolution of the crack sealing project with Asphalt Surface Technologies. The final contract amount for the now completed project is $58,857.48. This total is $2,153.80 more than the original contract bid.

Troy Beckman and Bob Mickelson of ISG Engineering in Mankato also met with the board to discuss additional work scope items with regard to the exterior of the courthouse.

The board authorized a motion to re-arrange the priority order of some of the building's upcoming projects. The replacement of the north flat roof was among the top areas of concern. According to ISG, the existing roof is rapidly nearing the end of its life cycle.

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was issued for Troy and Michele Stindtman of Blue Earth City Township. The permit will allow the couple to host events such as weddings, receptions, and meetings inside a barn located within the A-2 General Agriculture District.

Buffer ordinance concerns were also addressed during the meeting. The Board of Soil and Water Resources requested clarification on whether or not there were any overlapping county constraints already in place that would affect buffer ordinance implementation.

The item was tabled for the next board meeting as county staff needs to compile additional information before the board can make a decision on the ordinance.



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