In a bid for outside funding, the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners approved the establishment of a bridge priority list proposed at its Tuesday, March 12, meeting.

When it comes to such conversation, it should be noted the bridges aren't often what the average resident may consider as an elevated span crossing a river or lake channel. In this case, bridge can be a term synonymous with culvert.

The state requires the board adopt a resolution identifying bridges eligible to receive state bridge bonding or town bridge funding and those considered a priority to replace, rehabilitate or remove within the next five years if funds become available.

"This is something we do every other year-about. We do that only because there is not a lot of status changes in our bridges. We are in very good shape with our bridges here in Crow Wing County," County Engineer Tim Bray said. "We have about 85 bridges that we inspect and are responsible for. That includes those that are under the jurisdiction of cities and townships."

Bray's latest bridge priority list updates one approved by the board in 2017.

"The reason why we have to establish this as a county is-to be eligible for state and federal funds-they must appear as a priority for the county," Bray said.

The list appeared as a draft in the proposed five-year county highway improvement plan commissioners earlier this month.

"The list includes two bridges in the cities, which are Nisswa and Emily, and then also one in the Second Assessment District that actually is currently not a bridge, but we feel that it needs to be upgraded to a bridge," Bray said.

"Some of them-the (County Highway) 45 bridge and the (County Highway) 23 bridge that we're proposing reconstruction on-have been on this list before, and we're anticipating eligibility for state bonding dollars to help with those reconstruction costs."

Commissioner Paul Koering made the motion to approve the resolution establishing the bridge priority list proposed by Bray at the meeting, and Commissioner Bill Brekken seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.

Bray presented the list to the board as follows with associated names or roads; location or crossing; and agency. (The list is not in order of priority.):

• Hazelwood Drive, Clark Outlet-Nisswa.

• Dam Road, Little Pine River-Emily.

• County Highway 23, Nokasippi River-Crow Wing County.

• County Highway 31, Rabbit Lake Narrows-Crow Wing County.

• County Highway 36, Mud Brook-Crow Wing County.

• County Highway 45, Nokasippi River-Crow Wing County.

• Koering Road (closed), Nokasippi River-St. Mathias Township.

• Lower Dean Lake Road, Dean Brook-Second Assessment District.

• County Highway 66, Daggett Brook-Crow Wing County.

• County Highway 3, Mississippi River-Crow Wing County.

• County Highway 15, Pine River-Crow Wing County.

In other business, the county board:

Accepted the departure of Deb Jelacie, land services customer service specialist.

Approved the human resource department's request for destruction of employment application records, as provided by the county general records retention schedule, in accordance with state statutes.

Approved the off-sale liquor license application for a licensee name change from WRD Holdings LLC, doing business as Wild Rice Liquors, to Knudson Management Inc., doing business as Wild Rice Liquors.

Accepted the annual performance review summary for county administrator Timothy Houle, who received a "performing" rating, reflecting of highly effective performance and was commended for his role in the 2019 budget process.

Approved a resolution making the county the fiscal agent for the Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV Club if the Minnesota House of Representatives appropriates $150,000 to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner for a grant to the county for planning and designing a multipurpose bridge on the Mississippi River Northwoods trail across Sand Creek.

Approved setting a public hearing date of May 14 for reclassification and intended sale of tax-forfeited lands.

Authorized entering into a memorandum of agreement between the counties of Isanti, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Aitkin, Benton, Morrison, Crow Wing and Kanabec, those counties' soil and water conservation districts, the Lower Rum River Watershed Management Organization and Upper Rum River Watershed Management Organization for the Rum River One Watershed One Plan.

Appointed to the Rum River One Watershed One Plan policy committee Commissioner Bill Brekken as the delegate and Commissioner Paul Koering as the alternate.

Approved the petition of Westin Properties LLC for the preliminary plat of Spencer Meadows, consisting of eight residential lots and one common lot for residential use, west of County Highway 3 in the First Assessment District.

Approved an increase to the planning commission/board of adjustment committee members per diem rates from $75 to $125 per meeting, and established $75 per site visit.

Approved the recommendation of the solid waste coordinator and Burns & McDonnell to accept the low bid from Pratt's Affordable Excavating Inc. and Borden Excavating Inc. at $4,756,267 and awarded them the contract for liner, cover, excavation, electrical and controls services at the landfill.

Approved a motorized multi-use trail permit to the Over-the-Hills Gang to establish and maintain the Emily Blind Lake Trail recreation system in Little Pine and Ross Lake townships.

Approved right of way plats designating the location of County Highway 13 and the required easement and right of way areas for the highway between County Road 137 and County Highway 4; and of County Highway 36 between county highways 3 and 37.

Authorized entering into a contract between the county and Anderson Brothers Construction Co. of Brainerd in the amount of $4,952,838.09 for bituminous surfacing on county highways 8, 10, 22 and 26.

Authorized entering into a contract between the county and Anderson Brothers in the amount of $2,046,325.49 for bituminous surfacing on County Road 148; First Assessment District roads (Johnson, Gould-Grey and Bernard); Crow Wing Township roads (Sweet and 50th Avenue); and an Ideal Township road (Ossawinnamakee).

Authorized entering into a contract between the county and Lot Pros Inc. in the amount of $110,780.00 for bituminous crack sealing on county highways 8, 9, 12, 28, 29, 44 and 45; county roads 102, 121 and 134; and First Assessment District roads (Birchdale, Bonnie, Hartley Lake, North Long Lake, See Gull, Stallman, River Hills Circle, Landmark Drive and East Shore Drive).