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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • County Board meets with Risser to approve incoming bids

  • The Watonwan County Board met with Public Works Director Roger Risser during their regularly scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting and accepted a few bids for road crack filling procedures.
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  • The Watonwan County Board met with Public Works Director Roger Risser during their regularly scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting and accepted a few bids for road crack filling procedures.
    Public Works Director Risser started his meeting with the county board with the approval of payment of the public works bills, he then moved on to the road and bridge has flow chart which was relatively normal for the month of July.
    Risser then reported that he received two bids for the annual supply of cutting edges for grader blades and truck plows. The two bids came from H&L Mesabi and KRIS Engineering Inc. The two bids were similar, with just about $70 difference, but the Watonwan County Board agreed unanimously to accept the low bid of H&L Mesabi which was $34,324 for 165 total pieces.
    Next, quotes for rental of tar kettle for pourable crack filling were presented to the board. The two bids came from Bargen Incorporated and Brock White. Assuming 160 hours of work, Brock White was the low bid at $6,412. However, Bargen Incorporated would only charge per hour during the second month of use, which would come in November.
    Risser explained that it was likely the county would not get more than 49 hours of work done in the second month, which would make Bargen Incorporated the low bidder. Bargen Incorporated's bid was accepted unanimously, charging $4,269 the first month and $43.77 per hour after the first month for the rental of the equipment.
    With this new equipment, it became necessary to purchase crack sealing material. Again, bids from Bargen Incorporated and Brock White were considered, but with Bargen's machines and their low bid (coming in just one penny lower than Brock Whites) they were the clear favorite in the bids. Bargen Incorporated's bid of 69 cents per unit of material was accepted unanimously.
    The county board also bid out a contract for crack sealing to Bargen Incorporated and Astech. These projects would take place on CSAH 27 and CSAH 3 for a total length of about 6.3 miles. Low bid from Bargen Incorporated was accepted at a total cost of $38,379.
    With wind farms moving into the area, the Watonwan County Board made a move to protect itself during the Aug. 20 meeting. The county board will look to sign an agreement that will protect the county in the movement and installment of the windfarm. Watonwan County is next in line if the expansion of the windfarm continues to the northwest. For now, the windfarm turbines are all located in Cottonwood and Jackson County. No agreement has been signed.
    Other Business:
    SMIF representatives discussed projects with the county board and asked that they be included in budget talks for the upcoming year.
    The County Board solidified the agreement with Jackson County for a joint county assessor position – the salary for this position was raised $1,200.
    Page 2 of 2 - Credit card payments, July financials and training requests were approved unanimously. The county board agreed to send David Haler to the MACFO Feedlot Conference in St. Cloud for $355 plus wages.
    Met with Transit for the Future to discuss collaborative project amongst the state for regional transit systems that can help transportation in southern Minnesota. Nothing was acted upon during this portion of the meeting.
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