Lincoln County approves engineer agreement with Pipestone County

IVANHOE?- The Lincoln County Board approved an agreement with Pipestone County to share the services of its county engineer at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The board approved the agreement by a vote of 3-0. Commissioner Larry Hansen was absent, and Curtis Blumeyer abstained.

Dave Halbersma will split his time half-and-half between the two counties, alternating days with schedule adjustments determined by circumstances. Pipestone County will invoice Lincoln County at a rate of $6,075 per month.

Halbersma has worked for Pipestone County for a total of 29 years, 24 as county engineer.

The board voted 4-0 to confirm Halbersma as Lincoln County engineer.

The agreement now needs to be formally approved by the Pipestone County Board.

  • In other business, the board authorized now-former acting engineer Dustin Hauschild to purchase a robotic total station for $36,000. The board authorized Hauschild to spend $1,000 over the budget alloted for surveying equipment, though Hauschild said the county highway department would trade in an obsolete model and probably make up at least the amount of the over-budget amount by selling the model the department currently uses.

A robotic total station is surveying equipment that allows the operator to control the instrument from a distance by remote control, eliminating the need for a second operator.

The board authorized county Environmental Director Robert Olsen to trade in a Ford Ranger pickup truck on a new purchase from Kruse Motors, rather than set it out for bids.

The board approved on Olsen’s recommendation the final plat of the North Shore Estates development project by the old Hendricks golf course clubhouse.

The development consists of four lots. Two lots will be used for duplexes, one for a single-family dwelling. The fourth is the lot on which the former clubhouse stands, which is being renovated for residential use.

At the request of county Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers, the board authorized a payment of $100 to rent the Ivanhoe VFW hall for a training session for emergency first responders in the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) radio system.