A number of people were in attendance at last week’s Chippewa County Board meeting to attend a hearing to decide whether or not to approve a permit request from David Yost, representing Riverview LLP (Louriston Dairy), to build an underground pipeline designed to carry millions of gallons of liquid manure.

Those who attended the hearing were in support of the project, which entails burying a 14 inch diameter, 7.7 mile PVC pipeline across parts of northeastern Chippewa County. A permit for the project is required as the pipeline will cross tile lines and open ditches in Chippewa County.

The Louriston Dairy is located in Louriston Township along Highway 40, approximately 15 miles west of Willmar. The dairy is permitted for 9,500 animal units that generate 84 million gallons of liquid manure each year.

Louriston Dairy is permitted to apply manure on 6,300 acres of cropland each year, and farmers would have access to the liquid manure at a dozen risers located along the pipeline.

After discussing the project and noting its widespread support, the board approved the permit for the pipeline.

In other business, Family Services Director Patrick Bruflat discussed Southern Prairie Community Care. No action was taken at this time. Also discussed by the board were consulting services for the Auditor/Treasurer’s office. No action was taken at this time.

Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson met with the board to provide a report on the activities of his department during March, 2018.

County Sheriff Stacy Tufto also presented a report to the board concerning the activities of his department during March, 2018.

Up for discussion was a Resolution of Support for the Corridors of Commerce Projects Highways 23 and 212. Projects covered by the resolution include: expanding Highway 23 to four lanes to fill in the gaps between New London and Richmond; adding passing lanes on Highway 212 between Montevideo and Brownton; constructing a roundabout or other option that would remove the stop signs at the intersection of Highways 23 and 7 in Clara City; and adding passing lanes to Highway 23 between Pipestone and Willmar.

The resolution was passed and adopted by the board.

County Engineer Steve Kubista met with the board to report on the activities of the Highway Dept. during March, 2018.

At 11 a.m., bids were opened for the 2018 season’s requirements for pavement marking, dust control, and bio based seal.

For pavement marking, Traffic Marking Service of Maple Lake had the low bid at $116,119.08. For dust control, Tri-City Paving of Little Falls had the low bid of $110,642. Low bid for bio-based seal was provided by Bituminous Roadway Inc. of Mendota Heights at $29,136.

Kubista also presented five bids for the milling and paving of County Rd. 2. Low bid was provided by Riley Bros. Construc­tion, for a lump sum of $31,655 and patching at $160 per ton.

Kubista announced that several construction projects will be let on April 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Auditor/Treasurer Michelle May presented a purchase agreement with KNOWiNK for the purchase and license of electronic pollbooks for $27,010, as well as a purchase agreement with ES&S for the purchase of Model DS200 tabulators for $59,510. The board approved the purchase of the election.

Ken Menning, county IT Director, met with the board to discuss the 2019 Service Agreements with Lac qui Parle and Chippewa County Family Services, and the Highway Dept. Menning recommended a one percent increase in IT service costs 2019. The request was approved by the board.

Auditor/Treasurer Michelle May reported on the activities of her office during the month of March 2018.

Dr. Nick Krueger and Dr. Lana Dirksen met with the board to discuss the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) and to amend section 2.3 to allow CCMH medical staff to hold a voting position on the hospital board. A motion to do so was approved.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.