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MnDOT plans traffic detour during $14 million Minnesota 62 project

WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation during their meeting Tuesday as MnDOT wants to utilize Nobles County State Aid Highway 16 as a detour route during a pavement rehabilitation project on Minnesota 62 between Fulda and Windom.

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Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said MnDOT will reimburse the county up to $6,500 for use of the roadway during the detour. It will also repair any damage created by the additional traffic.

“My concern is the roadway is over 20 years old, which is the life expectancy,” Schnieder told commissioners.

With average daily usage of the road at less than 200 vehicles, he said the condition of the roadway could be good for another 10 years.

“MnDOT said if there was any failure of the roadway, they would repair those areas,” he added.

Rebecca Arndt, communications director for MnDOT, said bids will be let on the $14 million project in late March. Plans are to reclaim the existing bituminous surface on Minnesota 62, reusing some of the material in the new overlay.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

* Approved an agreement with the city of Brewster to provide snow removal on Zeh Avenue. Since the portion of roadway was turned back to the county, Schnieder said the county should pay for snow removal costs of $5,040 per year.

* Congratulated Schnieder and fellow employees on being presented the 2013 Highway Safety Achievement Award from the Minnesota County Engineers Association.

* Received the annual report of tax delinquency from County Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove. A total of $286,227.76 in tax revenue was not paid by property owners as of the end of 2013.

* Approved Van Hove’s report on the cash, investments and securities balance as of of $23,133,768 as of Dec. 31 for Nobles County. That balance includes county checking, savings and CD investments.

* Approved spending $30,528 of the recorder’s equipment fund to update document indexing in the recorder’s office. Recorder Lynn Wilson said the work is needed to be able to access all documents through the county’s system. Eventually, programming will allow the public to access records online.

* Received an update from Wilson on the new Land-Link and Land-Shark programs to be installed as the county moves toward e-recording of documents.

* Approved two contract renewals between Nobles County Community Services and the Southwestern Mental Health Center for crisis line, community support and adult day treatment services, as well as diagnostic assessments for individuals referred to nursing home placement.

* Approved renewal of a transportation agreement with Western Community Action for volunteer driver services to take clients to medical appointments outside of Worthington.

* Authorized Human Services to submit a pay equity implementation report to the Minnesota Management and Budget office.

* Received a report from Commissioner Marv Zylstra on the Nobles County Fair Association’s plans to extend the county fair by one day. Public events will begin on Wednesday and continue through Sunday, with the 4-H Regional Dog Show kicking off fair week on Monday, Aug. 4.

* Reappointed Marcia LaVelle and Sally Ann Johnson, both of Worthington, to the Developmental Achievement Center board. A new appointment to the board was also approved with Nancy Vaske, Rushmore, taking the seat of the retiring Kay Cox.

* Presented the January Excellence in Performance Award to Sheila Erwin in the Nobles County Community Services Agency.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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