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Faribault County talks courthouse

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Board of Commissioners, at their meeting on Tuesday morning, took the next step in the process of the courthouse renovation project. The board voted to approve a construction management proposal from Kraus-Anderson, of Minneapolis, for work on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in the main courthouse building.

“They (Kraus-Anderson) will now put together a bid package which will need to be approved by the County Board,” county treasurer/auditor Darren Esser explained.

The board also voted to designate vice-chairman Greg Young as the signer of the agreements. Young is a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

“When might work begin on this project?” Young asked.

“We have been told by Kraus-Anderson they would like to get started this fall,” Esser replied.

Public Works director Mark Daly attended the meeting to update board members on road and bridge construction in the county.

“The beams are being set this week for the bridge on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 21 and they will pour the deck next week,” Daly commented. “The bridge on CSAH 109 has been removed and work will begin on pilings next week.”

Next, he reported the full-depth reclamation was complete on CSAH 1 and work would begin on CSAH 16 at the end of July.

The board also:

— Voted to grant an intoxicating off-sale liquor license to Steve Ricard of the Derby Inn for a period beginning July 20 of this year and running through March 31, 2022.

— Approved the requests of Jessica Blair of the County Auditor’s office, geographic information system (GIS) coordinator Brandee Douglas and Merissa Lore of the Faribault County Drainage Department, to attend the Minnesota Association of County Auditors, Treasurers and Finance Officers Drainage Conference.

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