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County board to review transfer station project funding

BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will review a request Tuesday from staff regarding improvements at the Blackduck solid waste transfer station.

In 2017, the county received an engineer estimate of $380,000 for the improvement project. However, the bids received were between $623,202 and $743,000. As a result, staff are requesting the board not have the project be associated with the Capital Assistance Program funding, which the county received for its transfer station improvements in both Blackduck and Bemidji.

Instead, staff is proposing to allocate the CAP money to continue improving the Bemidji Transfer Station. The proposal for the Blackduck site, meanwhile, is to pay for improvements with Beltrami County solid waste funds.

According to county documents, doing so wouldn’t have the same requirements as a CAP project and also would have different labor rates, making it more manageable. The request to the board also includes authorization to spend up to $380,000 on the project.

Another agenda item for the board Tuesday is a regional update from the Toward Zero Deaths campaign. Regional TZD Coordinator Holly Kostrzewski and District 2 State Aid Engineer Lou Tasa will both provide information on initiatives for TZD in the northwest Minnesota region.

Beltrami County Domestic Violence Court Coordinator Deborah Baer will also be at the board’s meeting for another informational presentation on the process and success of the specialty court.