County Notes 2/7/13

County to share Hilton interchange costs

Washington County will contribute more than $1 million to rebuilding the Minnesota 36-Hilton Trail intersection in Pine Springs, officials said Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will construct a new Hilton Trail overpass this year to eliminate signals at the intersection. The county’s agreement with MnDOT outlines project responsibilities besides the cost-share, including maintenance of roads, trails, bridge and storm water ponds.

About $700,000 of the county’s contribution will be paid with state aid and money carried over from the 2012 budget.

Labor agreement with supervisors ratified

A two-year labor agreement with the Washington County Association of Supervisors was ratified Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
The contract, effective from Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, contains no general salary increase. In 2012 and this year, employees below their maximum salary range are eligible for an increase up to 1.5 percent not exceeding their salary range maximum on their anniversary date.

Employees at their salary range maximum in 2012 are eligible for a 1.5 percent lump sum payment on their anniversary date that is not added to their base pay. Employees at their salary range maximum this year are eligible for a 2 percent lump sum payment on their anniversary that is not added to their base pay.

Cities get septic system inspections

Washington County will continue inspecting individual septic systems in 11 cities under agreements approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The agreements are with Bayport, Cottage Grove, Grant, Hugo, Marine on St. Croix, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Scandia, St. Mary’s Point, St. Paul Park and Lake Elmo. State law gives cities the option of performing city septic system inspections or contracting with the county for the service. The county currently inspects septic systems in all townships.

The county provides application review and sewage system plan approval, job site inspections of permitted projects and does general inspections deemed necessary to comply with local and county ordinances.

The program is funded by septic system permit fees.

County accepts $130K DHS grant

A $130,900 Department of Homeland Security grant to increase Washington County emergency preparedness was accepted Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
The funds will be used by the county to increase inter-operation communications, including mobile data computers for law enforcement and fire-and-rescue and a back-up antenna for amateur radio coverage; strengthen planning, and an emergency operations center-common operating picture providing for operation center equipment and web-based network communications.

The county’s agreement is with the state Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to receive the funds through the DHS Urban Security Initiative grant program.

That program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness and collaboration in major metro areas based on a relative risk analysis. Other jurisdictions receiving funds through the program are Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties and Minneapolis and St. Paul.