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Terratrac Road project moves forward

After hearing from Terratrac Road residents Tuesday, the Crow Wing County Board approved a plan to pave the road.

Residents earlier stated the road is in such rough shape at points of the season it is impassable by post office vehicles, school bus and emergency vehicles as well as residential traffic. Neighbors have to park in each other’s yards and walk with their groceries.

Terratrac Road is in Unorganized Territory’s First Assessment District, just off Wise Road. The estimated cost for the project is $94,000. But Rob Hall, assistant highway engineer, said the project will be bid with other projects for a potential further savings.

Residents were given the option of a 10-year payback time at 8 percent interest. One resident questioned being assessed for two lots while one isn’t buildable, but said that would not stop her support to pave the road. Assessments could be $5,222 if the assessment was divided by 18 lots or $5,530 if divided by 17 lots.

In other business, the board:

Adopted a resolution for county ownership of Mississippi River Northwoods Habitat Complex conservation proposal for land near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. County Board Chairman Paul Thiede said the county would not be able to purchase the land without the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The 2,000 acres of forest land and river frontage is next to the airport and the county landfill. Commissioners Phil Trusty and Rachel Reabe Nystrom thanked those who helped put the project together.

Adopted the board’s meeting dates for 2012 on a 3-2 vote with Trusty and Nystrom voting against. The item is typically a routine matter, but Tuesday Nystrom asked if the Committee of the Whole meetings, where the board meets as its own committee, were really accomplishing what the board wanted or if the meeting times should be changed so more could attend.

The board also adopted the calendar for the COTW meetings at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Established Pristine Court, Sugarberry Creek, Crown Hill Court and Woodhaven Way as town roads in the First Assessment District in Unorganized Territory.

Approved the All Terrain Vehicle Trail Permit between Crow Wing County and the Pine Center Sportsmen’s Club, across property as described as on file in the Office of the County Auditor-Treasurer.

Scheduled a 9:45 a.m. Dec. 27 public hearing to consider an off sale liquor license for Wiswell Enterprises, Inc., Half Moon Off Sale, Lake Edward Township.

Scheduled a 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27 public hearing to consider changing county department fees. The suggested changes are expected to be presented to the board at the Dec. 13 county board meeting in preparation for the hearing.

Entered contracts for legal services, effective through Dec. 31, 2011, of court appointed attorneys with Melanie Dotty and Chuck Halverson for Child in Need of Protection Services, known as CHIPS cases, and William D. O’Hara, Jr. for commitment cases.

Awarded contracts for legal defense services for CHIPS and termination of parental rights cases to Melanie Dotty and Raymond Horton for 2012. Awarded a contract for 2012 to William O’Hara for commitments, including sexually dangerous psychopaths. It’s a reduction of $8,000 from the county’s current costs.

Authorized an agreement with the state Commissioner of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs for grant funding related to the Narcotics and Gang Task Force, increasing the amount of the award by $16,275 for this current reporting period.

Sponsored the Upper South Long Lake Improvement District so it could be admitted into membership with Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust to obtain general liability insurance.

The board approved a similar request last year for the Ossawinnamakee Improvement District.

Accepted a $75,000 Legislative Citizen Committee on Resources grant to continue the soil survey. Previously, the county received a grant from the LCCMR, which is administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources, to fund the soil survey in the county.

The grant is through June 30, 2012. Listed as a four-year project, the survey is expected to be completed in 2013 or 2014. It is considered a foundation document to help manage timber and for planning and zoning.

Authorized an agreement between Crow Wing County and the state Commissioner of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for grant funding related to the Community Oriented Policing Services Child Sexual Predator Program effective upon execution through Aug. 31, 2012. The county reported the amendment increases the amount of the grant by $3,853.96 and extends its term by one year.

Heard from Jeff Czeczok, Brainerd resident who spoke in open forum saying the county didn’t have to support a funding request for an additional $5,000 for the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. He also addressed the issue before Brainerd City Council members Monday.

Met in closed session for labor negotiations.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.