• Approved a master license agreement with TriMin Inc. for a scanning project in the amount of $480,042 of county land records dating back as far as 1855. The plan is to digitize all documents to provide a permanent record. The scanning will be done 24 hours a day from March 25 to April 15 and will be funded from the recorder’s technology fund and the county’s capital improvement plan. This is the first of a seven-phase plan that will take the next year to complete. The current paper records are stored in the basement of the county courthouse in non-climate controlled conditions.

• Laid over for two weeks awarding the contract for the reclamation of trails, paving and concrete work at Montissippi County Park. The original recommendation was to award the bid to Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix of Annandale in the amount of $205,530, which was $30,500 over the anticipated budget amount and included two alternates (the construction of an 840 square foot concentrate wall and the truncated domes. Of the four bids received, Omann Contracting of Albertville had a lower base bid ($188,355) that was almost $4,000 less than Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, but its price for the two alternates was almost $9,000 more. The item was laid over to see if the concrete bids, if done as a separate bid, would save the county money on the project to help cut into the overage.

• Learned from Parks & Recreation Director Marc Mattice that the county set a new record for on-line campground reservations, which opened March 4. On the opening day, the county took in $92,000 in campground reservation fees, breaking the previous record of $78,000 set in 2018.

• Scheduled a finance/capital improvement plan committee meeting for March 13 to discuss CIP amendments and carrying forward budget dollars.

• Referred to the March 13 personnel committee discussion of a request to temporarily extend part-time staffing hours for a social worker in the Health & Human Services Department from 20 to 32 hours per week through May 17.

• Received an update on the Justice Center construction, which is four weeks behind schedule due to snow and extreme temperatures. To date, there have only been $259,000 in change orders, which still leaves $1.8 million in the project’s contingency fund.

• Scheduled a 911 committee meeting for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21. Among the topics to be discussed are the decommissioning of the Great River Energy Plan tower, fire paging, siren paging and refreshing the county’s 911 hardware.

• Scheduled a closed session for labor negotiations for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

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