Walsh County commissioners have discussed potential road projects
for next year. The North Dakota Legislature has appropriated money for counties
for road and bridge work. A lot of it's going to western North Dakota due to the
oil boom. But eastern North Dakota counties like Walsh are getting money too.
Walsh County's going to receive nearly three-point-nine-million-dollars.
County Highway Superviser Sharon Lipsh tells KXPO the county has to approve
road projects and contract them before the money's disbursed. Walsh County
would also have to provide a ten-percent local match for that three-point-nine-million.
Lipsh says there are three potential projects under consideration they'd
spend that state money on. One is reconstruction of the base on County Road
Six from Forest River north to Highway 15. That gravel road would also be
narrowed to specifications. Another potential project is reconstruction of
County Road 19, from Forest River west a couple miles and re-gravel the
rest of 19. The third potential project is paving County Road 15 from State
Highway 35 west to the Ramsey County line. That project would be done IF
there's enough money left.
The Walsh County Commission will also start considering whether to
join two other counties closeby to hire a truck regulatory. That person
would monitor truck weights on county roads. No decision made, more
The commission also decided it'll offer a three-percent cost of living
adjustment to county employees for the 2014 Walsh County budget when work
starts on that.
The commission also approved a new Veterans Services Officer.
He's Chris Kratochvil, originally from Park River. He'll start July first.
Commissioners also approved reappointing Ray Feltman to the
Walsh County Housing Authority Board and nominated Dan Gaustad and
Terry Novak to the Walsh County Annexation and Reorganization Committee.