Sibley County Commissioners, Tuesday, are one step closer to having a new storage facility this year.
Commissioners, by a 4-1 vote, with Charlie Woehler opposed, accepted a bid of $163,960 from L.A. Nyberg Construction of Faxon Township, rural Belle Plaine. The storage facility will be a 4,000 square foot addition to the former state highway garage west of Highway 19 in Gaylord. Woehler opposed the project because he felt too much money was being spent for a “storage shed.”
Sixteen bids were received for the project.
Commissioners decided to delete an office, bathroom, and related fixtures but to keep the in-floor heat.
The storage facility will be paid primarily from traffic diversion funds, which total $110,000. Sibley County will float the remainder of the project, which will gradually be repaid to the general fund.
Sibley County is currently paying approximately $6,000/year in rent for storage facilities. The facility will house two Sheriff’s boats, County entry vehicles, pickups for the Environmental Services Department, and vehicles that have been seized by the Sheriff’s Office.
County Highway Department employees plan to begin the soil preparation work next week.
In other business, the County Commissioners:
• Approved paying state employees’ lunch and mileage, totaling approximately $700, for four to six weeks, when a state employee will be staffing the Sibley County Veterans Service Office one or two days per week. Lisa Klenk, Veterans Service Officer, will be on medical leave for four to six weeks, beginning August 21.
• Learned that the public Works Department is hoping to id the Rush River Park stream bank stabilization project in October, with work to be completed in November and December. This project will be funded through Federal Emergency Management dollars. Darin Mielke, Public Works director, reported that more of the stream bank has been lost since last spring’s high water. Mielke is also determining if Sibley County had receive federal reimbursement with the CSAH 6 box culvert repairs.
• Learned that Sibley County is still waiting for Minnesota Department of Transportation approval for the CSAH 11 and CSAH 12 intersection safety projects. Arlington and Green Isle have both approved the projects. A public open house is being planned in either Arlington or Green Isle. Mielke hopes that this projects can be bid this fall.
• Decided that the Park Committee should meet to discuss the recently discovered nine acre park in the Henderson river bottom that is owned by Sibley County. The park is adjacent to a City Park in Henderson.
• Moved up the re-determination of ditch benefits projects to incorporate the Bevens Creek Watershed.