The Walsh County Commission Tuesday morning approved a road update
plan for the next seven years. It's essentially a list of highway and road projects
prioritized for action when money becomes available.
The number one priority project will be paving Walsh County Road 15
from Pisek to Highway 32. That'll be done in 2015. Then, there are several
other paving and gravelling projects listed throughout the county through 2020.
Walsh County Highway Superviser Sharon Lipsh also gave commissioners a
proposed bridge plan to review. She said action could be taken on that in a
month or two.
In the meantime, contractor Knife River Materials won a bid to do
three thin lift overlays and incidentals for just over one-point-two-five million
dollars. That bid was almost 300-thousand-dollars under the engineer's estimate.
The three roads to be worked on will be County Road Nine from Fairdale west,
County Roads Eleven and Eleven-A in Adams, and County Road 16 from Highway
17 to County Road Nine. Lipsh also told commissioners there will be no changes
to the county load restrictions map this spring. The load limits will go into
effect when the state imposes its limits.
Commissioners also asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to stop
drawing down Homme Dam for now because it's creating ice dams. The Corps
said it would do so until it warms up.
Commissioners also gave permission to Sheriff Lauren Wild to hire a
deputy to replace one who moved to Grand Forks County. Commissioners also
approved the Blue Cross Blue Shield renewal health plan for an increase of
two-point-one-percent. The health insurance plans will remain the same.