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Safe routes gets favor from county

By Staff | Sep 7, 2014

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution last Tuesday for the city of Wells to receive federal aid for a ‘Safe Routes to School’ infrastructure.

The approval for federal aid allows the Minnesota Department of Transportation access to federal funding designated for the project.

Sidewalks will be added to the southwest side of Wells and a rectangular beacon sign will be placed at the corner of Seventh Street and State Highway 22.

As part of the resolution, the city of Wells accepts all responsibility for maintenance on the infrastructure.

Also at the meeting, Kim Sass, president of the library board, was present to go over the county library budget.

It was decided to set up a meeting within the next couple of weeks to go over details of the budget.

Each year, the library receives a set budget, but they are currently receiving slightly more than the minimum budget which is a slight increase from last year.

Since the Blue Earth, Wells and Winnebago libraries have combined and began delivering books to other libraries throughout the county, Sass says that the partnership between libraries has been running smoothly.

“That’s the most important to me,” county commissioner Tom Warmka said. “I want to see that everything is functioning well and everyone is getting along.”

The library hopes to see some service enhancements in the near future as well.

“We have to figure out how to keep our computers up-to-date with what the school is now providing to students,” Sass said.

With Blue Earth Area students receiving Chromebooks for school use, individual students in the United South Central School District in Wells will also be receiving iPads through the course of the year.

“We’re just trying to keep up with the school because attendance at the library will go down if we don’t stay relevant,” Sass said.

In other business:

Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley and Chief Deputy Scott Adams informed the county board that they will soon be receiving a $11,000 ATV?grant from the Department of Natural Resources to update or replace their ATVs and ATV equipment.

The board of commissioners approved a total of $224,459.57 to be paid to Ulland Brothers for construction on County Road 13 and for repaving the Cargill lot in Emerald Township. Construction on County Road 13, between County Road 4 and County Road 16, was completed in August.