County Notes

County to seek CTIB payments deferral

Delays in two transit studies led the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to request that its 2013 designated payments from the County Transit Improvement Board be deferred, which is allowed under CTIB’s grant program.

CTIB has an annual grant solicitation process to provide capital grants to accelerate development of specific transit corridors. The county is eligible for grants of at least three percent of the estimated total annual sales tax proceeds.

In 2013, the county is eligible for $2.9 million. Added to $2.2 million the county deferred in 2012, the county is eligible for $5.1 million in grants payable next year.

The board’s decision to defer the 2013 CTIB payments came after commissioners reviewed the county’s five-year capital improvement program and learned two studies scheduled to start next year would be delayed.

The Rush Line Task Force will not start a planned Rush Line Corridor Advanced Alternatives Analysis next year. The Highway 36 Transit Study is delayed to allow the Metropolitan Council to start a Highway Bus Rapid Transit study this fall that includes the Minnesota 36 corridor.


Flashing yellow arrows come to Broadway Avenue

FOREST LAKE — Motorists traveling on Broadway Avenue in Forest Lake will see the county’s flashing yellow left turn arrows at five of the new traffic signals on Broadway beginning this week, Washington County Public Works officials announced.

Flashing yellow arrows will operate on Broadway Avenue traffic signals at the Interstate 35 ramps intersections and 12th, Eighth and Fourth streets during light traffic periods.

The move to flashing yellow arrows comes after the recent activation of signals at Eighth and Fourth streets. County officials said the flashing yellow arrows lets motorists to make safe left turns after yielding to traffic, helps reduce delays and keeps traffic moving.

Residents can get more information about flashing yellow left turn arrows at here.


Big River Farm gets temporary on-sale licenses

Two temporary on-sale liquor licenses for events held this month and October by the Minnesota Food Association were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The MFA hosts events Sept. 23 and Oct. 13 at Big River Farms in Wilder Forest in May Township. The licenses are for one day each.

The MFA had to provide proof of insurance and pay a $25 fee for each event.

CDBG funds OK’d on housing development work

Washington County community development block grant funds will be used to renovate a Forest Lake housing development after the Board of Commissioners approved the expenditure Tuesday.

More than $115,000 of 2012 CDBG funds will be added to more than $85,000 in 2011 funds to replace water heaters, furnaces and air-conditioning units and renovate the kitchens and bathrooms in the 30-unit John Jergens Estates senior apartment complex.

The majority of Jergens Estates residents have incomes below 80 percent of the area median income.