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Beltrami County Board: Beltrami County transportation plan gets hearing

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Beltrami County's five-year transportation plan gets a public hearing Tuesday.

The Transportation Improvement Plan and a 2010 county fee schedule both get public hearings during the County Board's 5 p.m. regular meeting at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave.

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Also, commissioners will award a road construction bid for the proposed shooting sports park, fill a vacant maintenance mechanic position, award payment-in-lieu-of-taxes and Consolidated Conservation Lands grants, and hold the first reading of a county highway right-of-way encroachment policy.

The County Board's afternoon work session is in the field, starting at 1 p.m. Commissioners will first hear a presentation at Norbord in Solway and then tour the plant. Then, they will travel to Potlatch for a presentation and tour.

During the regular meeting, "each year, as part of the county budget process, the (County Board) reviews and considers amendments to the county five-year Transportation Improvement Plan," according to a memo from County Administrator Tony Murphy.

"The County Board will accept public comment on the proposed TIP and make any further revisions deemed appropriate," Murphy wrote.

The plan calls for $27.36 million in road and bridge construction from 2009-13. It includes $8.28 million in work in 2009, dropping to $6.3 million in 2010.

The five-year plan sees $10.6 million in federal funds, $3.1 million in county funds, $1.4 million in bridge bonding, $170,000 in township bridge funds and $78,000 in state park funds.

Also during the regular meeting, commissioners will be asked to award a shooting sports park main road construction bid to Northern Contracting of Bemidji Inc. at $79,394.

Commissioners will consider the recommendations of a committee to dole out PILT and Con Con grants to northern Beltrami County entities, totaling $99,875 in PILT awards and $90,080 in Con Con grants, leaving $37,920 for reserves.

The public hearing on the proposed 2010 county fee schedule sets fees for a variety of county services, such as $40 a month to access the county's Internet property management portal to $10 for a maple syrup permit.

The proposed highway right-of-way encroachment policy seeks to remove an building, fence, sign, billboard or other structure or object of any kind placed, located or maintained on, under or over any portion of highway right-of-way.

Commissioners' consent agenda includes paying county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of decertification of old fairgrounds tax abatement district, approval of credit card authorizations for License Center passport submissions and the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and a three-year county audit contract with Larson Allen.

Also, commissioners will be asked to certify a special assessment to Emerald Pines for intersection signs, approval of 3.2 percent and liquor license renewals, and of equipment purchase of cross country ski trail equipment.

Human Resources Department seeks approval of a life insurance contract with Minnesota Life.

The County Highway Departments seeks a bid award for the first phase of reconstructing County Road 39 from the south county line to County Road 20 for 7.5 miles. Federal forest highway finds total $3.1 million, with state-aid construction funds used beyond that amount.

The Highway Department also seeks approval for vacating three old County Road 19 rights-of-way and to demolish the old O'Brien Highway Garage.

Also on the consent agenda is approval of grant participation in state Department of Public Safety grants, and approval of residential common interest community status to Cottage Creek Estates in Grant Valley Township.

The Health and Human Services Department seeks payment of monthly bills, a waiver services contract amendment with Northwoods Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, of revisions in Community Support Program contracts with Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center and Hope House/Community Support Systems Inc., of a host county contract with Rule 36 Limited Partnerships of Duluth, of a contract with Bi-County CAP for distribution of Minnesota Families Investment Program Emergency Assistance funds, and receive monthly reports and licensures.

bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

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