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Lincoln County appoints rural water commissioners on split vote

October 3, 2012
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

IVANHOE?- The Lincoln County Board voted on Tuesday to appoint Janice Moen and Frank Engels to another four-year term on the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System Board and appointed Brent Feikema to replace Commissioner Henry VanDyke who recently resigned.

All three terms expire on Dec. 31. On Aug. 27, the LPRW Board unanimously recommended Feikema to replace VanDyke.

However at the county board's regular meeting on Tuesday, Commissioner Adam Gillund moved to consider each appointment separately. When it came to a roll call vote, Gillund and Commissioner Don Evers voted against Engels' appointment. Commissioners Joan Jagt, Curtis Blumeyer and Larry Hansen voted to appoint Engels to another term.

Moen was unanimously chosen for another term. The vote to appoint Feikema was also unanimous.

In other business, the board again accepted bids from local contractors to build a hiking and biking trail at Hole in the Mountain Park near Lake Benton, and this time got one they liked.

At the last board meeting on Sept. 18, one bid submitted by Rupp Construction Company of Slayton was delivered by mistake to the county highway department. By the time it was delivered to the board meeting room, it was late by about five minutes.

Another bid by Ronglien and Sons Excavating Inc. from Big Stone City, S.D., was submitted in time, but came without the mandatory 5 percent bid bond. The only valid bid was submitted by Duininck Bros Inc. of Willmar, but at $180,000 was nearly twice the engineering estimate of $91,000.

On Tuesday, the board received four valid bids, on time, from A&C Excavating in Lake Benton, Carstensen Contracting in Pipestone, Midwest Contracting in Marshall and Rupp Construction Co. Inc., headquartered in Slayton.

After review, County Engineer Lee Amundson recommended the board accept the low bid from A&C Excavating but only the base bid of $74,160.

The full bid included an extra $17,790 for seeding and mulching the trail. However, the board decided to consider doing the seeding with county employees and equipment.

The board received a delegation of 10 4-H club members who each spoke about what they valued about the program. According to Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator Kate Johnson, the county has eight clubs with about 200 active members. Next week is National 4-H Week.



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