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home : government : county May 22, 2015

7/1/2013 3:16:00 PM
Dodge County sends trucks to Houston County

By Gretta Becay

County Engineer Guy Kohlnhofer told the Dodge County Commissioners at their meeting June 25, 2013, that he had sent four gravel trucks to help the Houston County Highway Department recover from recent heavy rains.

Kohlenhofer said he will keep track of expenses for the trucks but will not charge Houston County unless a disaster is declared and FEMA funds are received. Houston County is paying for the drivers' lodging as they stayed to help more than one day. The county similarly sent help in 2007 when Rushford flooded.

The commissioners approved a letter of intent to demolish the 1921 portion of the former Mantorville School. The board approved a purchase agreement for the building at their last meeting.

The letter will start the process of acquiring bids for the demolition but a representative from Wold Architects of St. Paul will still inspect that portion of the building to determine if it could be used for storage. Storage is needed because the county is required to keep many paper records indefinitely. When not being used, machines for tabulating votes also must be stored.

Building a storage facility has been estimated to cost about $225,000. Demolition costs for the 1921 portion of the building have been estimated at $200,000. If that portion of the building could be used for storage for a good many years, and refurbishing it for that purpose costs less than those two numbers combined, it's worth looking into, said commissioner Dave Erickson.

Commissioner Steven Gray disagreed, saying the old section won't last long enough to make it worthwhile.

Gray also reported that the city of Kasson has donated the carriage house from the Folkestad property on Main St in Kasson and $10,000 to the county historical society. The money may to be used to help move the structure if the society decides they want to take on the project and move the building to another location in the county.

The building has different styles of gables on each side. Apparently the building was used to demonstrate different building styles when it was built, theorized Kasson City Administrator Randy Lenth when the donation was approved.

Also during the meeting, County Attorney Paul Kiltenen said the law library had just received a good review on a surprise inspection.

The commissioners approved:

- A three-year extension to the bus barn contract between the Kasson-Mantorville School District and the county. The school district uses the horse barn building for parking buses. The district pays the electrical expenses.

- A resolution congratulating the K-M high school baseball team for bringing home the 2013 state tournament class AA team championship.

- A $200 donation from KM Telecom to be used toward the purchase of the Towards Zero Death posters. The picture for the poster was taken in Dodge County with law enforcement vehicles from 11 participating counties. Sheriff Jim Jensen said National Fleet Graphics and L&L Street Rods and Sport Trucks also made donations to help pay the posters' costs.

- An agreement with Steele County for sharing an electronic management data system.

- Continuing the ground water nitrate-monitoring network with a $2,070 state grant. The monitoring will be expanded to include chlorine, ammonia and sulfate. According to a recent state pollution control agency study, runoff from Minnesota is the sixth highest nitrate load to the Gulf of Mexico where the Mississippi River drains.

Then commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. June 11 at the courthouse.

Claremont Service

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