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County Ditch #82 improvement bid rejected

September 19, 2013

By Dorothy Bloemendaal
The Murray County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Tuesday, September 10 mainly for the purpose of awarding the bid of the improvement of County Ditch #82. Only one bid was received that of Quam Construction, Willmar, MN. The bid was presented to the board on Tuesday and was 59 percent above the engineers estimate. State statute says any bid over 30 percent of the engineer’s estimate may not be accepted giving the board the only option of rejecting the bid.

Duane Hansel, engineer with Bolton & Menk, recommended the project be bid again this winter with possibly more bids and more competitive bids. Discussions with the petitioners will continue for further direction to proceed with the project.

The board approved payment of $13,874.33 for ditch bills. Commissioner Robert Moline reported classes for additional ditch viewers are being planned for January. The permit for repair of County Ditch #68, Section 9, Slayton Township was tabled.

Jeane Anderson was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Gail Byers on the Health and Human Services Board.

Carol Veldhuisen, manager of Sunrise Terrace, met with the board to discuss advertising of the facility. More people are staying in their own homes longer and the facility has a number of open apartments. The board agreed to amend the fee schedule giving the first month free rent.

The 2014 budget hearing will be held on December 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The proposed net levy at this time is $6,014,632, a 3.94 percent increase.

Nancy Andert and Renee Logan updated the board on the recent insurance discussions for county employees. Logan recommended the county remain in the pool for now as definite rates have not been established.

Justin Hoffman, parks director, was given permission to remove the shelter house and restrooms at Forman Acres. The shelter is in poor condition and the restrooms do not meet code for the park.

Visitors and vendors appreciated the sidewalks at the fairgrounds during the Autumn Boutique and expressed they would be back next year, Commissioner Moline said. He commended the Women of Today for hosting the event.

All permits and insurance is in order for the cattle barn renovation and construction can start, Heidi Winter reported.

The commissioners continued with budget talks.

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