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Recycling coupons in the mail

Crow Wing County mailed its 2011 Landfill Loot coupons with the information on the county’s recycling and general information about the landfill. 

Commissioners received an update on the landfill Tuesday at their regular board meeting. 

The landfill is six miles east of Brainerd off Highway 210. The coupons may be applied toward a landfill service, such as recycling electronics or appliances, or used at county approved cleanups.

The county’s demolition debris gate volume at the landfill was down 31 percent since 2005 and the volume continued to decrease from 14,055 cubic yards  in 2009 to 13,124 cubic yards in 2010. Based on use, the county predicts its sanitary landfill will reach capacity in 2020.

In other business, the board:

Heard again from board Chairman Paul Thiede the open forum is designed for people to raise an issue with the board that isn’t on the agenda with the county board having the duty and right to limit the length of time spent to be respectful of other people on the agenda. 

Heard an update from Beth Wilms, community services director. Wilms has been with the county seven weeks. Wilms said she is getting out into the communities and looking at succession planning if state cuts in social services means losing staff. Wilms said the health care expansion means the county will be looking at an additional 708 cases. 

Approved an application for federal funding for the County Road 111 project and agreed to provide a local match of $27,500 from the road and bridge fund to install crossing gates at the BNSF Railway crossing. If federal funding is available, it will fund $247,500 of the total cost of $275,000. 

Authorized advertising for sealed bids for construction projects:

• Resurfacing County Highway 77 from West County Line to Highway 371 and bridge rehabilitation. 

• Resurfacing County Highway 66 from County Highway 16 to County Highway 1.

• Pavement markings.

• Paving County Road 104 from County Highway 22 to County Highway 23. 

• Seal coating on County Highway 19 from County Highway 3 to five miles north and County Highway 59 and County Road 102. 

Approved a grant contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for a County Veterans Service Office Enhancement Grant Program. The county received a $6,000 grant after submitting an application for $8,047 to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. The two-year grant is for collaboration and outreach and marketing for the county’s veterans service office. 

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at or 855-5852.