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Improvements slated for Walker highway garage

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news Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

BACKUS — County Engineer David Enblom obtained Cass County Board approval Tuesday to advertise for bids to make improvements to the county’s main highway garage at Walker.

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Improvements will include insulating and replacing the roof, insulating and repairing walls, installing more energy efficient windows, improving the air exchange system (so fumes do not travel into office areas) and installing more energy-efficient lighting.

Similar improvements also are being made this year on the smaller outlying garages around the county, but are being done under a separate bid or quote program.

The Walker garage project is projected to run close to $520,000, including design work and a contingency fund.

Assistant County Engineer Kris Lyytinen obtained board approval to advertise for bids for lane striping on paved roads. In 2014, the county will stripe 225.4 miles with 1,850,656 lineal fee of solid white line and 1,226,482 lineal feet of yellow line.

The board approved a list of the gravel roads for chloride treatment in 2014.

Tri-City Paving of Little Falls won the chloride contract for this year. That firm’s low bid ran 25 percent higher than the amount the county paid last year, Lyytinen said. Cost per gallon (92 cents) is equal to $2,158 per mile, he said.

Cass uses about a five-year rotation for applying 1.5 to 2 inches of new gravel to county unpaved roads. Traffic volume affects frequency. Roads scheduled for gravel this year are County State Aid Highways 4, 53, 55, 57, 61, 62, 68 and County Roads 129, 136, 157 and Forest Road 2112.

The board acknowledged the pending April 4 retirement of Pillager grader operator Bob Kadus after 33 years of service with the county. The board postponed presenting a certificate of appreciation Tuesday, because Kadus was plowing snow for the county and could not attend the board meeting.

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