The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, reaffirming the county’s commitment to the Montevideo Veterans Home.

In doing so, the board recognized the efforts of numerous citizens, organizations and governments in our area who, for the past 11 years, have worked so hard to bring a veterans home to our area. In order to move forward with the federal application process, the city of Montevideo needed evidence of the county’s commitment by Aug. 15. The county has pledged $3,000,000 as part of the local match for the project, and agreed to provide $3,000,000 to the state escrow account by November 1, 2018. The money will then be used once construction of the veterans home begins.

In other business, the board heard from county attorney David Gilbertson, who reported the activities of his office during July of 2018.

Sheriff Stacy Tufto met with the board to report on the activities of the Sheriff’s office during July of 2018. Tufto reported on the resignation of a full-time deputy and requested that a replacement be hired for the position. The board approved the hiring of a full-time deputy.

The meeting was opened up to a public hearing on the county’s five-year construction plan. County Engineer Steve Kubista presented the plan and the chairman requested any public comment or discussion on the plan.

The public hearing was closed and a motion was made to approve the five-year plan as presented. The plan was approved. Lindsey Bruer and Megan DeSchepper from the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation presented the District 8 Area Transportation Improve-ment Program for 2019 to 2028.

County Engineer Steve Kubista reported on the activities of the Highway Dept. during July of 2018. Kubista presented a resolution for the amendment of the Prioritized Bridge Replacement List.

The county has identified several bridges that are high priority and require replacement, rehabilitation, or removal within the next five years. The total cost of the five projects has been estimated to be $1,650,000. Township or state bridge funds would amount to $1,550,000, and local or state aid would amount to $100,000.

The resolution was adopted by the board.

Kubista also presented two quotes for the purchase of a 2019 3/4 ton pickup from Schwieters for $30,914, and Adams Motor Co. for $32,186. The board accepted the low quote from Schwieters.

Drainage Inspector Josh Macziewski provided an update on the new storage building at the Montevideo Highway Shop.

Macziewski also presented two quotes for the purchase of a Polaris Ranger 900 from Action Sports of Marshall and Motor Sports of Willmar. The board authorized Macziewski to investigate warranty options and purchase two Polaris Ranger 900s with extended warranties from the vendor providing the best value.

The existing Rangers would be traded in, and funds for the purchase will be received from Riparian Protection Aid. Aaron Backman from the Highway 23 Coalition presented an update on the Coalition’s recent activities.

JoAnn Blomme, Traci Grussing, and Wendy Lindemann presented the board with an update on the County Wellness Committee’s activities.

County Assessor Bonnie Crosby met with the board to discuss township assessment rates. The board approved the assessment rate of $13 per parcel for townships.

The board discussed the approval of AFSCME No. 65 Highway Union Contract for 2018-2020. The contract was approved.

Alice McColley was authorized by the board to open and manage accounts, and sign checks at KleinBank for the Chippewa County License Bureau. Linda DeGrote will be the backup in the event of McColley’s absence. They were also authorized to do the same at Minnwest Bank.

Also discussed was the condition of County Road 37, along with options to improve drainage.

Commissioner Gilbertson was directed to coordinate with the Road and Bridge Dept. to receive tiling quotes and authorize the necessary repairs to alleviate the problems of excess and standing water.

The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Montevideo.