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Board gets updates on construction work

By Staff | Feb 21, 2016

Faribault County commissioners Bill Groskreutz, left, and John Roper are shown on a recent tour of the new construction in the old jail. The area will be home to the county attorney’s office soon.

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners met last Tuesday with a number of updates from county employees on their agenda.

Dawn Fellows, of Central Services, addressed the board with an update on the transition and rotation of offices going on at the courthouse and Ag Center.

She reported that the fairly involved project was still on schedule and requested approval from the board to begin bidding for the installation of safety glass slated for the new offices in the Ag Center.

After approval of that request, Fellows stated that parts of the remodeling project have come in under budget. Both the County Attorney’s space in the old jail and the Ag Center remodel have both come in under their projected costs so far.

However, she also mentioned that the remodeling in the annex building has gone over its budget. What was a remodel budget of under $200,000 has now gone $40,000 over and may still accrue more.

Fellows also presented the board with an action request, regarding the changes the?Prairie Lakes Transit Service, formerly the Faribault County Prairie Express, had seen in their employees.

Back in December, the Faribault County Prairie Express Transit Service ceased its operations to transition to a combined Prairie?Lakes Transit Service with Martin County.

According to Fellows’ written request for board action, it states, “in that transition, seven Faribault County drivers were laid off and one Faribault County Transit program coordinator was notified that her position would be eliminated and she would be laid off effective Dec. 31, 2015.”

That coordinator was a member of the IUOE labor union, and she was seeking restitution. Fellows request goes on to say that the union negotiated a settlement with Faribault County.

Fellows requested that the board make a resolution to approve and execute the settlement agreement between Faribault County and International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 49 and the previously employed party.

Mark Daly also addressed the board with some monetary needs of the county for the summer. Daly talked to the commissioners both about bituminous seal coating and street striping.

He said that his goal was to stripe about half of the county’s paved roads during the non-winter months in order to keep things looking neat for travelers and visitors.

Last years budget was close to $80,400 and Daly says though he has yet to determine the quantities of striping he would need, the budget is set at $85,000. Daly said he was unsure as to whether the project could be done with the allotted $85,000, but would try to do so.

The Board of Commissioners also:

Had a 2015 feedlot report from Shane Johnson.

Considered an interstate ditch agreement with Kossuth County, Iowa, for county ditch 41. The original agreement was made in 1916 and provided an outlet for the two Kossuth County ditches to drain into a drainage system in Faribault County.