Lincoln County is ‘County of the Year’

IVANHOE – Lincoln County has been named “County of the Year” by the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT). The announcement was made by Lincoln County Board Chairwoman Joan Jagt at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

MCIT is an organization that provides county governments with property, casualty and workers’ compensation coverage and risk management and loss control services.

In the letter of notification, Robyn Sykes, executive director of MCIT, wrote: “Lincoln County has distinguished itself in the areas of loss control, risk management, claims administration and responsiveness to MCIT. MCIT commends the county’s commitment to managing exposures that jeopardize employees and citizens of the county to loss.”

The award will be presented at the annual MCIT banquet on Dec. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

In other action Tuesday:

The board approved a petition by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to install a box culvert on trunk Highway 75 crossing County Ditch 37. The work will be done and the cost assumed by MNDOT.

The board voted to approve purchase of a Pictometry package for a down payment of $4,500 in January 2014, and a balance of $18,000 in July 2014, after the overflights are completed.

Pictometry uses aerial photography of an area to create a detailed map of an area that can be linked with GPS coordinates. The board will explore ways to share the costs with various agencies who wish to make use of the software.

The board voted to accept the lowest of six bids to refinance $3.125 million of general obligation water system bonds for the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System.

The lowest bidder was UMB Bank, N.A. of Kansas City, Mo. The bonds sold for $3.055 million, with an interest rate of 1.84 percent.

Refinancing the bonds is expected to save Lincoln Pipestone $280,000 by the time they reach full maturity in 2013. Repayment will come entirely from special assessments on users.