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Board decides to go with stop signs

LED lighted signs to be ordered at a cost of more than $3,000

August 20, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

During the Aug. 1 County Board meeting, the county commissioners authorized the purchase of two new solar powered LED stop signs for the junction of 225th Avenue and 415th Street along County State Aid Highway 18.

At the Aug. 15 board meeting, public works director and county engineer Mark Daly revealed this purchase will cost more than originally expected. Daly's numbers indicate the two new stop signs come with a price tag of $3,031.34.

When presented with this new information, the board engaged in a lengthy discussion, weighing different options for roadside safety. District 5 county commissioner Tom Warmka suggested adding one flashing red light on top of each northbound and southbound stop sign as an alternative for the expensive LED stop signs.

Meanwhile, District 2 commissioner Tom Loveall was in favor of sticking to the original plan of adding LED stop signs to the junction. Eventually, the board decided to use red lights on top of each stop sign while also purchasing LED stop signs for future use in that area. It will take roughly a month before the new LED signs can be ordered and installed.

Daly believes a flashing red light instead of an LED stop sign should be effective for this particular situation. District 2 commis- sioner Greg Young weighed in on the board's decision.

"We're all concerned with the safety of our people and the budget concerns are there too," Young said, "This way, we cover ourselves, and if we need the signs in the future, we should have them. Otherwise, it would take three to four weeks to get new ones."

Other action items from the meeting included the acceptance of Redstone Construction's bid of $618,737 to replace Bridge 3130 in Blue Earth City Township.

The board also passed a motion to concur with the city of Wells to accept a bid for Third Street reconstruction in Wells. The total contract with EJM Pipe Services totals $363,420.95. The county share of this project amounts to $237,917.20

Heidi Walter's request for a conditional use permit to allow for a petting zoo was approved during the meeting. The proposed project is located in the A-2 General Agriculture District on a tract of land in Brush Creek Township.

The board also decided to award correctional officer Jennifer Howard an Excellence in Performance Award for her efforts on the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) certification project.

Faribault County sheriff Mike Gormley and chief deputy Scott Adams were also in attendance at the meeting as they requested the purchase of a one-ton pickup truck. Funds from the aquatic invasive species grant will be used to purchase the vehicle. The request was authorized by the board.

Buffer law ordinance issues were also discussed. The board approved a draft of a buffer enforcement ordinance to send to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for review.

It was also discussed that the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) insurance dividends will amount to $62,621 in 2017.



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