YMC Board to consider signing detour agreement with MnDOT

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners will be asked to sign a detour agreement this morning with the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The purpose of the agreement is to provide for payment by the state to the county for the use and maintenance of Yellow Medicine County State Aid Highway No. 11 as a detour route during the contract construction to be performed upon, along and adjacent to Trunk Highway No. 67.

The agreement states the State is about to perform grading, bituminous surfacing, Bridge No. 87026 and stream stabilization construction upon, along and adjacent to Trunk Highway No. 67 from 2.1 miles east of trunk Highway 75 under this state project.

The State requires a detour to carry Trunk Highway No. 67 traffic on Lac Qui Parle County State Aid Highway (CSAH) No. 2 and 23 and continue onto Yellow Medicine County State Aide Highway No. 11 during the construction.

YMC is willing to maintain the Trunk Highway No. 67 detour and the State is willing to reimburse the county for the road life consumed by the detour and detour maintenance as set forth in the agreement.

The agreement will be in effect on the date the state obtains all the signatures required by the state statutes. It will expire when the state removes all detour signs, returns the temporary Trunk Highway detour to the county and pays the detour compensation.

The detour will take drivers from Trunk Highway 67 onto Yellow Medicine CSAH 11 for a total distance of 1 mile. The state can change the detour at any time during the construction as long as the county agrees with the change. Also, the state will amend its detour compensations accordingly, the agreement says.

Current calculations for compensation, following the gas tax method and the equivalent overlay method indicate an estimated total of $384.38 for road life consumed ($178.78) and maintenance ($205.60), with a maximum allowable total of $10,000.

Axle loads and over-dimension loads are also covered in this agreement. The county will permit 10-ton axle loads on the detour route.

Over-dimension loads will not be permitted except in cases of extreme emergency, the agreement said.

In other board business:

• The board will consider two conditional use permits filed by Heather Briggs for a dog kennel facility and one for a solar garden for David Eid. The Planning and Zoning office is recommending the approval of the dog kennel and a denial for the solar garden, Planning and Zoning administrative assistant Cindy Anderson said.

Kevin Beyer of Advanced Communication in Rural America is planning to talk about the broadband project.

YMC Finance Manager Michelle May will present the 2016 Audit Report (along with state auditors) and also the first draft of the 2018 budget.