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Nobles County board moves to negotiate with Beltline Concrete

WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Board of Commissioners directed County Administrator Tom Johnson to negotiate with Beltline Concrete, a related company of Ideal Landscape & Design, on its bid to correct work performed last year on the Nobles...

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Board of Commissioners directed County Administrator Tom Johnson to negotiate with Beltline Concrete, a related company of Ideal Landscape & Design, on its bid to correct work performed last year on the Nobles County Government Center landscaping project.

The work will include removal of the Fourth Street sidewalk and reinstallation.

Beltline Concrete submitted a bid of $144,380 for the work, with two bid alternates also submitted, totalling another $24,750. Administration has recommended rejecting the proposal, but Commissioner Matt Widboom said doing so would delay the project even further.

“The other option would be to negotiate with the bidder and discuss how we could reduce the overall costs,” Widboom said. “That’s the part I favor.”

“We are cleaning up somebody else’s mess,” said Commissioner Don Linssen, referencing the work done last year by a South Dakota contractor that was not acceptable.

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“I’m all for splitting (the work) up and making Fourth Street a priority,” added Commissioner Bob Demuth Jr. “It’s gotten to be an eyesore.”

In other business, the board:

  • Approved conditional use permits upon recommendation of the county’s Planning Commission, for: Linda and Dale Kruse, Little Rock, Iowa, to continue operation and expansion of an existing gravel pit, aggregate crushing site and hot mix plant in the northwest quarter of Section 35, Little Rock Township; Duininck Inc., Prinsburg, and Robin Hamilton Trust, Scottsdale, Ariz., landowner, to continue operation of an existing gravel pit, aggregate crushing site and hot mix plant in the northwest quarter of Section 29, Larkin Township; and V&M Locker & Grocery, Leota, to expand its existing grocery store and locker plant, and relocate an existing storage building on their property.
  • Approved, upon recommendation of the Planning Commission, revisions to the county’s feedlot ordinance. The changes will be implemented June 1.
  • Approved on a 4-1 vote, with Justin Ahlers opposed, streamlining how warrants are handled within the county’s finance department. Currently separated into auditor’s and commissioner’s warrants, the warrants will be combined as auditor’s warrants. This action will reduce about five hours of work per week within the finance department.
  • Appointed Joyce Jacobs as deputy registrar of motor vehicles and driver’s licensing agent.
  • Presented the April Excellence in Performance award to Jose Soto, case aid in Nobles County Community Services.
  • Recognized eligibility staff in Nobles County Community Services for achieving a 96% or higher rate of timeliness of SNAP applications for the fourth quarter of 2018, earning them a certificate of commendation. Only 20% of Minnesota counties were recognized for the quarter by the state’s department of human services. Eligibility staff recognized were Tiffany Bose, Katie Groen, Nan Henning, Leyvi Hinojosa, Jackie Kramer, Kayla Markus, Jessica Morales, Diane Schettler and Colette Smythe.
  • Approved a request for out-of-state airline travel for a social worker to accompany a minor on a flight to facilitate family reunification efforts.
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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