Lincoln County approves trails grant application

IVANHOE – The Lincoln County Board on Tuesday voted 4-1 to authorize the submission of a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Federal Recreational Trail Grant Program, with Commissioner Curtis Blumeyer casting the dissenting vote.

The board acted on the request of Vince Robinson, executive director of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation.

The application is for funding to construct 15 miles of paved trail from Hole in the Mountain Park outside of Lake Benton to the county fairgrounds in Tyler. A condition of the grant would be that the county would be responsible for maintaining the trail for 20 years.

If the grant is approved, construction on the trail would begin in two years, Robinson said.

The board voted 3-2 to fund the construction of fencing around the landfill transfer station and county impound lot at the joint request of Environmental Director Robert Olsen and Sheriff Jack Vizecky. Commissioners Richard Hammer and Blumeyer cast the dissenting votes.

Olsen said constructing fencing with one common side at the same time would save the county money on construction costs and by preventing unauthorized dumping of materials that cannot be disposed of in the Lyon County landfill.

The board authorized $12,000 for construction of a 6-foot high chain link fence with two gates for the landfill transfer station, and $17,000 for an 8-foot high fence topped with barbed wire for the impound lot.

The board voted unanimously to enter into a 10-year agreement with the Lyon County Regional Landfill to dispose of 1,986 tons per year. The current cost of landfill disposal is $46 per ton, which is subject to change.

At the request of acting Engineer Dustin Hauschild, the county voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of a 2011 Rosco Sweepro self-propelled broom for the county highway department for $41,000. The broom would replace one destroyed in a rear-end collision in July. About $15,000 of the insurance from the accident would be applied to the cost of purchase.

After receiving a petition signed by 88 residents of property along County Road 134, the board decided to defer any decision on a proposal to turn the surfaced road into gravel.

CR 134 connects highways 7 and 8 and currently is constructed of 4 inches of bituminous pavement over 3-1/2 inches of aggregate base. Hauschild explained a typical design for county roads is four inches of bituminous pavement over 12 inches of aggregate base.

In recent years, the road surface has been stressed by overweight loads it was not designed for. The result, according to Hauschild, is 51 areas of the road needing patching at an estimated cost of $47,000.

The consensus among residents is they would rather deal with potholes than a gravel surface, Hauschild said.