YMC Board interviewing for new county administrator

GRANITE?FALLS?- After taking care of business in its regular morning session on Tuesday, the Yellow Medicine County Board reconvened for a second round of interviews to fill the county administrator position left vacant by the resignation of former administrator Ryan Krosch.

The full board interviewed Michelle May, Yellow Medicine County finance manager, Peggy Heglund, family services director, and Patrick Bruflat, currently social services director of Redwood County.

In other business, the board voted at Heglund’s recommendation to join a regional human service provider alliance of Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Big Stone and Swift counties.

“It is coming together in a five-county collaborative to pool the resources for people with developmental disabilities and physical disabilities,” Heglund said. “By doing it in a pool, we have flexibility within a larger pool of resources.”

In a separate motion, the board voted to send a representative to meetings of the alliance to explore the possibility of more general collaboration.

The board voted to accept three bids for road improvements this year.

Duininck Inc. submitted the lowest of three bids at $1,540,000 for shoulder widening, inslope improvements, culverts, bituminous mill and overlay and aggregate shouldering on County Road 6. Eighty percent of the funds will come from federal grants and 20 percent from state aid.

R&G Construction bid $679,000 for grading, culverts, aggregate base and turf establishment work on County Road 36; 100 percent paid for with state aid. R&G submitted the lowest of six bids.

R&G Construction also submitted the lowest bid of five – $248,000 for grading and culvert work on Country Road D-2. The money will come entirely from county funds.