Newport transit station projects seeks more CTIB funds

WashCo_logo            The Washington County Public Works Department wants more than $400,000 in additional Counties Transit Improvement Board grant money awarded to the county Regional Railroad Authority for development of the Newport Transit Station.

The Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution Tuesday requesting $405,000 out of the county’s remaining $5.117 million in guaranteed CTIB funds deferred for future priority projects.

The county would have to provide a $45,000 match and authorize assignment of the amended grant directly to the WCRRA, according to Andy Gitzlaff, senior planner with the WCPW.

Gitzlaff said the additional requested funds are needed to complete development of the Newport Transit Station. This latest request, combined with 2011 funds of $225,000, makes the Newport station grant total $630,000, Gitzlaff added.

To get the additional CTIB grant, commissioners must approve the amendment supporting use of the deferred guaranteed funds and commit the county to the required $45,000 local match out of RRA levy funds, Gitzlaff said.

Also on the County Board’s agenda are approval of cost-share and maintenance agreements and awarding the construction contract for the intersection realignment and drainage work on Keats Avenue South, 70th Street South and Military Road (CSAH 19-20-22) in Cottage Grove.

Commissioners are asked to approve cost-sharing agreements on the project with the South Washington Watershed District and city of Cottage Grove; a maintenance agreement with the city of Cottage Grove, and award the project to Valley Paving, Inc., which bid almost $7.735 million on the project.

Valley Paving’s bid was more than $5 million below the engineer’s project estimate of more than $12.736 million, according to WCPW Transportation Manager Cory Slagle. The project is being paid for with county bonds, state aid and funds from Cottage Grove and SWWD.

Commissioners also will hold a closed session to discuss the possible purchase of interests in Denmark Township land owned by the Thomas E. and Edna D. Carpenter Foundation.

The County Board meets at 9 a.m. in the fifth-floor boardroom at the County Government Center in Stillwater.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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