County notes

Stillwater gives $60,000 to CSAH 23 work

The city of Stillwater will contribute $60,000 to the County State Aid Highway 23 project now underway in a cost-sharing agreement approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The CSAH 23 project includes pavement milling and replacement and curb, gutter, storm sewer, sidewalk and pedestrian ramp work from Minnesota Highway 95, Main Street to Orleans Street.

The city’s contribution to the CSAH 23 work is part of a cooperative cost-sharing agreement on the project between the city and county.


Board adopts 2013 legislative position statements

Issues related to property taxes, transportation and county parks are among the items the Washington County Board of Commissioners want the 2013 state legislature to address under position statements adopted Tuesday by the board.

Among the items commissioners would like lawmakers to address are local property taxpayer protections, the Gateway Corridor, metropolitan transit governance, a Brown’s Creek trail crossing at Manning Avenue and regional parks funding from the state Legacy Amendment.

Commissioners plan to meet with the county’s legislative delegation before the start of the 2013 legislative session Jan. 8 to discuss the county’s position statements.


County gets water conservation grants

Washington County will receive $92,102 in Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources grants for water protection programs after the Board of Commissioners accepted the grant Tuesday.

The Natural Resources Block Grant is a combination of money available to counties to help implement water resource protection and improvement programs. Washington County will use the money for local water management, wetland and shore land conservation and subsurface sewage treatment upgrades.

Counties must provide a financial match to the NRBG award, have a comprehensive local water management plan and submit an annual report to receive the grant.

Board renews WCSO, BCA partnership

A joint powers agreement between the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension-Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was renewed Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The agreement runs through May 31, 2013. It provides investigative and computer forensic support and Internet investigation training for MICAC affiliates and other investigative agencies in the state. The county is also eligible to use tools available over the state’s Criminal Justice Data Communications Network.