A request to hire a Minnesota Conservation Corps work crew to remove trees and split the wood at Garvin Park was not approved by the county board. Instead, they wanted to see other options that would be less expensive. They suggested looking for a crew amongst current county employees. According to Public Works Director Roger Schroeder, there is a need for a crew to do tree removal and wood splitting. There has been a shortage of work hours and a work crew for the Minnesota Conservation Crops would help the situation.
Schroeder estimated the cost of the crew will be $17,793.75 for 15 days of work. Commissioners seemed to like the program and indicated it was needed. However, Commissioners Rick Anderson and Charlie Sanow question the cost of the program. Sanow said, “Are there other options for bringing a crew in here?” Commissioner Steve Ritter said, “I hope the state would reimburse us some of the money.” “We need to look at people we already have in the county,” said Commissioner Sanow. Commissioner Ritter said he preferred to look at other options. “It’s not like it has to be done now,” he added.
The County Board also heard report from Roger Schroeder of the Public Works Department regarding the proposed ATV Trail in Lyon County. The City of Russell approved allow the ATV Trail System into Russell and allowed ATVs to come into the community. Commissioners became concerned about the liability of the trail in case of an accident or other situation, the county could be liable. “It’s something we need to be concerned about, but we should not let that stop us from sponsoring the trail,” said Commissioner Gary Crowley. “I think we’re all in favor of it,” said Commission Chairman Paul Graupmann.
IN OTHER action the board:
•Approved a Conditional use permit for Roger Verly for development of a gravel pit in Fairview Township. All work will be done on private property. Verly will construct and process sand and gravel. There was no opposition to the permit.
•Approved a final payment for McLaughlin and Schultz for surfacing three miles of County Road 24 between County Road 10 and County Road five. The payment was delayed because of problems in the work done but the problem has been reconciled.
•Approved a letter of support to encourage the State of Minnesota to appropriate funds for a veterans cemetery in Redwood County. This would give area veterans an option for burial. Commissioners Charlie Sanow and Rick Anderson supported the request.