County board accepts bids on highway department projects

Acceptance of low bids for highway department projects, as recommended by Engineer Darrell Pettis, was one of the main agenda items for the Tuesday, July 23 meeting of the Le Sueur County Board.
Successful bids for the respective projects were as follows:
Countywide striping, center line and fog line, 209 miles, requiring more than 20,000 gallons of material, Sir Lines-A Lot, Minneapolis, $132,951 (engineer’s estimate $146,702);
CSAH 14, reconstruction from Waterville west for 1 1/2 mile, Barnett Bros., Kilkenny, $1,437,306 (engineer’s estimate $1,609,435);
Countywide sealcoating, 85 miles, Pearson Bros. Inc., Hanover, $2,418,397 (engineer’s estimate $2,055,218);
Park Ave. in Le Center, from MN St. to Highway 99, mill and overlay, plus 3 1/2 miles in Sharon Twp., William Mueller & Sons, Hamburg, $1,132,967 (engineer’s estimate $1,037,372).
Pettis also presented a bill received from Brad Wobbrock of Cleveland for trapping of three beaver at Lake Washington Park, plus mileage, for $243.28. Pettis will also inquire about trapping rates, since the county currently has a $40 bounty on beaver. 
The board also:
• Took action to withdraw membership from the Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development organization.
• Terminated the former library agreement and approved the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library Joint Powers Agreement.
• Approved a gravel tax request from Environmental Specialist Lauren Klement, for $136,567 for 32 shoreland cost share projects, with a three-year time frame. Pettis said there is $360,000 in the fund, which increases each year.
• Received an update and 2012 annual report from Tim Penny, president and CEO of the Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF).