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Road work to be done on CSAH 77

WALKER — Assistant Cass County Engineer Kris Lyytinen obtained county board approval Tuesday to use state aid and county levy dollars for a $3,150,000 match for a $1,350,000 grant to reconstruct and re-pave County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 77.

Current plans call for the federal money to be released in 2018. CSAH 77 will be reconstructed and re-paved from the south Lake Shore city limits to CSAH 78.

Federal money for this project is part of a $2.5 million allocation to Region 5, which must be shared among five Region 5 member counties.

Laura Hadrava, Cass construction/design engineer, said the federal highway allocation to Region 5 has dropped from $3.3 million to $2.5 million.

Cass County Board authorized Lyytinen to reassign a 2002 Ford Taurus with 80,000 miles on it to Health, Human and Veterans Services to replace a car they are using with rusted out floorboards and reassign a 2001 lower mileage highway department Dodge Caravan to another department where it would be used more often.

In place of those vehicles, the highway department will be permitted to spend about $25,000 to purchase one new vehicle to serve purposes the two vehicles formerly filled.

Enblom said federal and state low mileage used vehicles, which the county used to purchase at a low cost, no longer are being sold at auction. The county formerly purchased those vehicles for its employee fleet to save costs.

The board authorized Lyytinen to purchase two rather than one rubber tired tractor loader/backhoe machines and a trailer this year and delay purchasing a new motor grader to a future year.

The two tractor loader/backhoe units the county will retire are 15 years old. Enblom said these machines are used to load salt/sand into snowplow trucks, which tends to rust the front ends of the equipment.

The county’s used machines will be offered for sale on a website auction, Enblom said.

Cass sold on an Internet auction four above ground diesel fuel tanks, which had been removed from county highway garage sites at Longville, Hackensack, Pine River and Pillager.

These were phased out when the county switched the garages to propane heating fuel this winter. Diesel for equipment is now purchased at local gas stations, Enblom reminded the board.

Three tanks went to a distributor at Elk River. The mayor of Colfax, N.D., purchased the fourth. Total receipts to Cass County from the sale were $27,950.

The board took final action to transfer ownership of former Cass County Road 159 to Shingobee Township. It parallels Highway 371 a short distance north of Walker.

Minnesota Department of Transportation gave the road to the county in 1990.

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