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County Board hires engineer

By Staff | Mar 22, 2015

Mark Daly

There will be a new Faribault County engineer beginning at the end of the month.

The County Board learned about the new hire at their recent meeting held last Tuesday.

“We interviewed three solid candidates and had one withdraw from the process,”?Central Services director Dawn Fellows said.

They selected Mark Daly to fill the position which was left vacant by former county engineer John McDonald. Daly’s first day with the county will be on March 30.

The new engineer will be coming to Faribault County from Andover. He has worked for the past 11 and a half years for a company in St. Paul known as Stantec.

“He has had previous en-gineer experience,” Fellows added.

Daly had worked for Anoka County where he served as the construction engineer for the county highway department for seven years and prior to that he spent four years as the county engineer with the Wadena County highway department.

Gordy Regenscheid, the district MnDOT?State Aid Engineer, was present to handle the public works business while the county searched for a replacement.

“You guys went after replacing your engineer quickly,” Regenscheid said. “You understand the importance of having a county engineer.”

The commissioners also thanked him for his help during the interview process.

The County Board also heard from Kyle Sammons of the I&S Group about the County Ditch 26 repairs.

Sammons said I&S?received 10 bids for the project, with the lowest bid coming from Hodgeman Drainage Company Inc., of Claremont. That bid came in at $809,766.50 which included the construction and repair to the outlet.

“The engineer’s estimate was $775,000 for the improvement and $30,000 for theoutlet repair for a total estimate of $805,000,” Sammons said.

So the low bid came in just over the amount in the engineer’s estimate.

“But, seeing 10 bids on a project like this is more than we have seen in a long time,” Sammons added.

The County Board accepted the low bid so the work would be awarded to Hodgeman Drainage.

“We will hold a preconstruction meeting and the landowners will be welcome to come to that,” Sammons said.

In other business:?

The County Board heard an update from Michelle Stindtman about the status of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Stindtman told the board about the public hearing which was held last Monday night and when the next meeting will be held in regard to the plan.

Fellows told the board members that April 7 will be the Boy and Girl County Day and she will update the commissioners of the schedule for the day.