County Notes

County receives grants to aid veterans

Washington County will use nearly $8,000 for outreach on veterans’ issues and enhancing the county’s veterans services office after the Board of Commissioners accepted two grants Tuesday.

Both grants are from the state Department of Veterans Affairs. One worth $2,298 will be used for outreach marketing by the veterans services office to produce articles and seminars informing veterans and their families about available services and programs.

The second DVA grant of $5,600 is designed to enhance operations at the county veterans services office.

 10th Street North repairs completed

More than $170,000 in work to repair rough pavement on County State Aid Highway 10 that appeared after mill and overlay work on the road earlier this year was recently completed, county officials said Tuesday.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $173,447 contract with Hardrives,  Inc., at its meeting Tuesday. The company did the mill and overlay project, along with paths, pedestrian ramps, a traffic barrier, signs and striping on CSAH 10, or 10th Street North from the east end of the Interstate 694 bridge to 600 feet east of Inwood Avenue (CSAH 13) in June.

During the June work, unexpected subgrade soil shifting resulted in several areas of rough pavement on 10th Street North. A plan to repair the areas was developed after a series of soil studies were completed.

 2 snow removal contractors selected

Two companies will provide snow removal services at Washington County facilities this winter under contracts approved by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Reliable Property Services and Twin Cities Outdoor Services will remove snow from county parking lots and ramps, access roads and sidewalks in three zones. Those areas are: Zone 1, the Government and Law Enforcement centers in Stillwater; Zone 2, the Headwaters Service and Transit centers in Forest Lake, and the Washington County Library Wildwood branch in Mahtomedi, and Zone 3, the WCL Oakdale and Park Grove branches, Woodbury and Cottage Grove Service centers and Environmental Center in Woodbury.

Reliable Property Services will remove snow in Zone 1 for $27,982. Twin Cities Outdoor Services will remove snow in Zone 2 for $37,537.44 and Zone 3 for $39,581.24.

Contractors provided quotes for one or more of the county’s zones based on an estimated 14 snow events with varying snow depths.

 Tax-forfeited lots to be auctioned

A total of 18 lots in Cottage Grove and Woodbury will be sold at a tax-forfeited land auction in mid-December after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the sales Tuesday.

The parcels for sale Dec. 12 were forfeited to the state for non-payment of property taxes and were released by the two cities for public sale. State law requires counties to manage the sale of tax-forfeited land for the state.

The auction will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in Conference Room LL14 at the Washington County  Government Center in Stillwater.

Parcels in the auction include two lots that are part of the Mississippi Dunes Estates in Cottage Grove. The lots were first offered for auction in March with no bids. They will be offered as one sale item with a price of $25,000.

The remaining 16 parcels are platted lots in Woodbury. Two lots are in the Dancing Waters Sixth Addition and both have an $85,000 basic sale price. The other 14 parcels are in the Oak View Fourth Addition and will be sold as one item with a basic price of $840,000. It will be the first public sale for the Woodbury lots.