The plan to redo CSAH 101 in Redwood Falls is going to be briefly put on hold. That decision was made by the Redwood County board at its May 7 meeting.

Keith Berndt, Redwood County engineer, told the board that one bid was submitted for that job using concrete to reconstruct the road from State Highway 19 in Redwood Falls north to the Renville County border.

The one bid that did come in from Duininck, Inc. was much higher than anticipated, said Berndt, adding the initial estimate for the work was a little over $2 million. The one bid submitted for the work was $3,355,291.

Berndt told the board one of the challenges the county faces is the fact that concrete work in this area is more expensive simply because of the distance from a source of material.

With that in mind, Berndt told the board the plan will now be to redo the bid documents with an asphalt alternative to make a side-by-side comparison to determine the best course of action. The reason for the construction work in the stretch of county road was due to the fact that the road was going to be closed in that area anyway. 

The bridge over the Minnesota River is scheduled to be replaced this year. Berndt told the board that work will continue, but because of the scope of that project and the time it will take to complete it, there is still an opportunity to rebid the road work and have it completed by the time the bridge work is done.

The board agreed to reject the bid as presented and directed Berndt and the staff of the highway department to move forward with the next steps for the project.

In other action during its meeting, the county commissioners:

• Awarded a bridge replacement project on CSAH 1 north of Clements to R&G Construction at a cost of $247,656.

• Declared two campers, a 2005 Coachman and a 2006 Keystone Travel Trailer as excess property and directed the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department to sell them with the proceeds being used to fund a new mobile command unit.

• Officially approved the purchase agreement for the former county human services building from Third Street Group, LLC at a cost of $375,000.

• Approved conducting an aquatic invasive species carp study at Lake Laura at a cost of $9,750. The intent of the study is to determine how the carp are getting into the lake in an effort to prevent that in the future. The county receives grant funding for projects of this nature.

• Approved a liquor license renewal for TMB Sports Club.

• Approved a change to the requirements for septic grant applications. The county will now use taxable income only to determine whether or not grant dollars can be used. The grant covers 75 percent of the work of replacing old or failing systems. Applications must meet the threshold of 190 percent of the federal poverty guideline to qualify.

• Approved a request from Sarah Reynolds of the Child Advocacy Center to submit an application to the Office of Justice Programs for a two-year grant in the amount of $114,814 for the program. The grant requires a match of $21,240.

• Held a brief discussion about the future of land purchase requests coming from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. According to Lon Walling, county commissioner, there has been some discussion in other counties about putting a moratorium on the purchase of additional land in their county by the state. The board took no action but will be further researching its options. 

• Acknowledged the resignation of Brennan Sandgren from his role as a part-time custody officer with the sheriff’s department.

• Acknowledged the resignation of Tonya Haas from her position as a full-time senior technical clerk in the county attorney’s office.

• Approved the employment of Lynn Standfuss as a part-time dispatcher for the sheriff’s department at rate of $17.91 per hour.

• Approved the consolidation of County Ditch 64 that will now include 10 laterals on that ditch and then approved the redetermination of benefits for those 10 laterals.