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$7.6M goes to roads in Faribault County

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and tackled a handful of Public Works issues.

A motion was passed to designate $7.6 million, which the county received when the state turned back Trunk Highways 253 and 254 to the county, to County State Aid Highways 17 and 23.

“Part of the reason for doing this is to keep the state auditors happy,” Public Works director Mark Daly said.

The board also approved a motion to advertise for bids for striping, seal coat oil, crack seal and micro surfacing.

Daly also reported the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released their pavement rating scores to the county.

“The state does this rating every four years,” Daly said. “They have a high tech van with all kinds of cameras and sensors. They provide a surface rating and a ride rating.”

Daly and the commissioners decided to wait until March, weather permitting, to do their joint road tour and review the five-year road and bridges plan.

In other Public Works business, the board voted to purchase a new lawn mower from Yeager Implement for mowing the county parks. It is a Hustler with 37 horsepower and a 104-inch deck. The cost of the mower is $23,000.

Commissioner Greg Young reported the Planning and Zoning Commission has almost completed work on a solar and wind ordinance for the county and it may be ready for approval by the commissioners at the next County Board meeting on Feb. 4.

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