IVANHOE - At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board took another step toward upgrading the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center's electrical room.
The board approved a contract with Falls Architecture Studio, LLC of Sioux Falls, S.D., to design the radio communications electrical room addition to the LEC. The project includes an approximately 200 square foot, single-story addition to the current electrical room. The contract says that the cost will be a base fee of $3,570, plus any additional services compensated hourly at the architect's standard rates.
In other business, Robert Olsen, Lincoln County environmental administrator, requested approval for a new subdivision on the north side of Lake Shaokotan. Olsen reported at a public hearing had been held, and those in attendance recommended the approval of the subdivision. The board voted unanimously to approve the subdivision.
Olsen also reported to the board that the state has awarded the county a $30,743 grant from the County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid program. Olsen said that the appropriation was divided among the counties based on the number of boat landings and parking spaces at their lakes and the volume of users.
"It can very easily happen here," Olsen said. "We have little detection, so we wouldn't notice until it got bad."
Lincoln County has experienced curly leaf pondweed in Lake Benton and will use the funds for education, inspection, prevention and monitoring of lakes. The county will work with the area's lake associations as well as the DNR to decide how the money can be best spent. The state gave out $4.5 million to counties for 2014 and will give another $10 million in 2015. Lincoln County is scheduled to received an additional $68,318 in 2015.
Lincoln County Engineer Dustin Hauschild updated the board on current projects going on in the county. He said that he met with the DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look at issues and problems with Lincoln County roads 9 and 2 and that all easements have been signed for work on Lincoln County Road 2.
Hauschild presented bids for a pup trailer for the Highway Department. The estimated cost was around $50,000, but the board was able to approve a bid from Tow Master for $35,614, plus taxes and registration. The county currently owns three pup trailers, and the new trailer will give a needed break to the two older models that were purchased in the 1980s.
Hauschild also presented bids for the county's annual road striping. Lincoln County will be hiring AAA Striping in a joint bid with Pipestone County. The entire project cost will total $94,944.92, with Lincoln County's share equaling $54,639.