Minutes of January 10, 2008
Draft: Subject to approval by the Highway Committee
Present: Dale Schleeter, Ron Kinsley, Mel Olson, Nate DeLong, Pat Aderman
County personnel present: Gary Gedart, Joanne Nitz, and Carol Larson
Guests: Larry Metcalf, Don Mrotek, Sue Miller, and Gene Schmidt
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. by Chairman Nate DeLong
1. Approve agenda and any additions
Motion by Aderman, second by Kinsley to approve agenda. Motion carried.
2. Approve minutes from December meeting
Motion by Olson, second by Aderman, to approve minutes from December meeting. Motion carried.
3. Audience recognition
4. ATV trail request North Country Riders
The club would like to use approximately 320 ft. of right of way on the north side of CTH B near Chippewa Trail. Motion by Schleeter, second by DeLong to give them a one year written agreement with the condition that a visual barrier consisting of shrubs be planted to block the on coming lights.
5. Town of Edgewater request to install tornado/storm warning siren along CTH F
A representative from the Town of Edgewater was present to explain that they would be installing 2 tornado sirens, one near the town hall and the second one by Heron Creek.
Motion by Aderman, second by Schleeter to allow the Town of Edgewater to install a tornado siren on the right-of-way of CTH F @ Heron Creek. Motion carried.
6. Discuss Reserve Road right of way determination
Gary indicated that there was going to be construction done on Reserve Road and there was some question as to who owned the right of way. Through research of the deeds is was determined that the Town of Sand Lake and the Town of Couderay own the right of way
7. Award equipment bids
Dump Box and Attachments (2)
Redhorse $71,943.00 Universal Truck $71,598.00
Monroe Truck $78,095.00 Indianhead Truck $72,960.00
Motion by Aderman, second by Kinsley to award the bid to Universal Truck. Motion carried. Low bid from McKenzie did not meet specifications.
8. Commissioners report
Gary indicated that the crew has been out on snow and ice control. The crew will continue to do brushing on Hwy 27 North, and CTH BB. Gary indicated that there would be a bid opening in February for an excavator, crew cab truck, and a tractor mower. Gary checked with the Corporation Counsel in regards to working with an equipment broker and he was not in agreement because it does not give the opportunity for the public to bid. When the bids go out they will be advertised with and without trade. The county could ask for sealed bids on equipment also. Gary indicated that there is a vendor that will take the old conveyor on trade and would like to go ahead with that purchase. Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to approve the purchase with written documentation from the vendor and bring the final information back to the committee. Motion carried. Gary indicated that Price County is getting rid of their outlying salt sheds and they may be available for purchase. Gary will get more information and bring back to the committee. Gary received a letter from the WisDOT in regards to the funding for CTH T and the funding has failed.
9. Discussion of filling vacancy of mechanic in the Highway Department
The committee discussed the vacancy and after some discussion would like to wait to fill the vacancy as close to the construction season as possible.
Motion by DeLong, second by Schleeter, to recommend to the personnel committee and county board to fill the vacancy of mechanic.
10. Highway Department financial statement
Motion by Kinsley, second by Schleeter to approve the financial report. Motion carried.
11. Old business
Gary indicated that the Chief River bridge borings are complete and the recommendation is for replacement of the bridge. The Highway Department will put up some more signs for proper enforcement. The committee would like to have the crew go out on all of the county roads and look for things that could be done to improve the appearance.
12. Other matters for discussion only
13. Out of county travel
Gary to Highway Conference in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 28, 29, 30
Motion by Kinsley, second by Aderman to approve out of county travel. Motion carried.
14. Review and approve December bills
Motion by Aderman, second by Kinsley to approve December bills. Motion carried.
Motion by Schleeter, second by Aderman to adjourn at 9:58 a.m. Motion carried.