After spending months trying to hash out the final details of the contract with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Redwood County Board of Commissioners officially accepted a grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural grants program in the amount of $32,000.
The funds being granted to the county are from the legacy funding collected by the state as part of sales tax on good purchased.
The acceptance of the grant moves the project forward for which the dollars are being granted – the rehabilitation of the swayback bridge in Ramsey Park.
As part of the agreement, the county approved a 20-year maintenance agreement. One of the stipulations of the grant from the county perspective is having the City of Redwood Falls also sign the agreement in the event the turnback of the road running through the park and the swayback bridge to the city.
The county also received good news from the state, as Willy Rabenberg, county highway engineer, held in his hand a signed copy of the bridge plans which were signed by the state bridge engineer. A few more signatures are required, but once those have been secured the project could go out for bids, Rabenberg speculated that process could be done as soon as the next meeting which is in early February.
In other action during its meeting, the county board:
• Approved an adjusted abatement agreement with Ponderosa Properties Dev-elopment. The new agreement is for four years instead of five.