County accepts gifts for programs

Gifts for several Washington County programs were accepted by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The accepted gifts were:

A quilt from Judy Tofte to be raffled at an event of choice.

Glassware from Nancy Nelson for use at the Victorian Tea event.

$300 from the Lake Elmo Veterans of Foreign Wars post for use as emergency funds for veterans and their families.

$160 gift certificate from the Hilton Garden Inn for the county WorkForce Center Job Talk event.

$100 from Steven and Judith Gelderman for the Explorer Program.

$15 Living Forest donations in honor of William Young from Mike Polehna and family and in honor of Calvin Wachs from Sheryl Erenberg.

A $35 Living Forest donation in honor of Anna Mae Uphus from individual members of the county parks division.

Board OKs Broadway landscape contract

Peterson Cos. was awarded an $85,000 Broadway Avenue landscaping contract by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The company will landscape Broadway Avenue in Forest Lake from 850 feet west of Interstate 35 to 270 west of U.S. Highway 61.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $108,349.

Park shower building demolition OK’d

With completion of a new shower building at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park campground, demolition of the old shower building was approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The 35-year-old shower building was replaced because it was difficult to maintain, did not meet accessibility requirements and has limited re-use values. Materials from the demolished shower building will be recycled as appropriate.

The $13,000 demolition will be paid out of the Washington County Parks Stewardship Fund, made up of revenues form non-recreational uses such as house and farm rental on parks property.

Big Marine park gains more land

Big Marine Park Reserve will gain more land after the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to buy a site known as the Knauff property.

The $430,000 purchase adds 2.65 acres to Big Marine. The county’s purchase of the Knauff property was initiated by the property owners and the county’s offer was made after an appraisal was completed and a county review determined the site to be a priority parcel. The offer was presented to the owner based on the appraisal.

The county will pay for the site from its Land and Water Legacy Program that directs money to land preservation, water protection and parks. The Metropolitan Council reimburses 75 percent of the price this year.