Minutes from November 3, 2010 Highway Committee Meeting
Draft: Subject to approval by the Highway Committee
Present: Ron Kinsley, Mel Olson, Kathy McCoy, Ken Maki, and Dale Schleeter
County Personnel Present: Gary Gedart, Joanne Nitz, and Carol Larson
Guests: Randy Roberts and Warren Johnson
1. Approve agenda and additions
Motion by McCoy, second by Maki to approve agenda. Motion carried.
2. Approve minutes from October meetings
Motion by Schleeter, second by Maki to approve the minutes from the October meeting. Motion carried.
3. Audience recognition
The committee received a letter regarding CTH E which was read.
4. ATV Route on CTH H
Randy Roberts was present to request an ATV route on CTH H from Beaver Brook Road to Highway 27. Motion by Maki, second by Schleeter to approve the route. Motion failed 2-3. McCoy would like to have copies of the existing ordinances from the Towns and Villages relating to ATV routes. This item will be tabled and brought back to the December meeting.
5. County road B pedestrian and bicycle trail and funding
Gary indicated that there have been some added costs to the design of the project that were not expected and the committee involved in the trail design have looked at options to help bring the cost down. The economic development committee will be meeting on Friday to discuss alternatives to help keep the cost down.
6. Gas tax refund
Joanne gave an update in regards to the reporting for the fuel tax refund.
7. Commissioner’s Report
Gary indicated that the crew has been working on tree work and spot shouldering. Gary indicated that the traffic counters were placed on CTH W because of a request to lower the speed limit (from the Village limits to Everson Road). The average speeds were between 58 and 59. Motion by McCoy, second by Kinsley to table and put on the agenda for the December meeting. Gary indicated that there was a question in regards to the beam guard that was bid on, there was not enough for the lowest bid and the person would like to pay for the amount that he bid on and get the remainder next year when there would be more available. The committee indicated that they pay for the amount that is available or do not take any. Gary indicated that on November 18th the department would be having a safety training day, and also from 1:30 to 3:30 would be an open house for Joanne’s retirement.
Gary indicated that at the December meeting there would be a bid award for a 2011 Patrol Superintendent truck. Gary indicated that on November 8, 2010 there would be a meeting in regards to the construction of CTH T, and on November 15, 2010 another meeting for CTH E. Motion by Olson, second by Maki to accept the commissioner’s report. Motion carried.
8. September Financial Statement
Motion by McCoy, second by Schleeter, to approve the September financial statement. Motion carried.
9. Old Business
Joanne indicated that the fuel system will be installed within the next couple weeks.
10. Other matters for discussion only
The committee questioned the condition of the carpet in the offices of the Highway Department. Gary will talk with Dennis Erickson to see what options would be available.
McCoy would like to see bullet points on the agenda for the commissioner’s report.
11. Out of County Travel
12. Review and approve October bills
Motion by McCoy, second by Schleeter to approve the October bills. Motion carried.
13. Closed Session
Minutes of closed session are kept in a confidential file at the Office of Highway Commissioner and Office of the County Clerk.
Motion by Maki, second by Schleeter to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. Motion carried.