Washington County: Additional work slated in government center parking lot

Additional work will be done to complete work on the parking lot improvement at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater, including work to coordinate with the St. Croix River Crossing project.
The County Board approved an agreement with Bolton & Menk for additional design and construction engineering at its meeting Jan. 21.
This project includes new pavement, parking lot rehabilitation, storm water infrastructure, curb rehabilitation, utility improvements, sidewalks and trails on County Road 62/63 and the government center parking lot. Bolton & Menk Inc. have provided construction engineering, roadway inspection, construction observation, contract administration and landscaping inspection. Now, the company will do additional construction engineering services to complete the project. The work includes design services to coordinate the project with the St. Croix River Crossing work; preparing lighting design plans for the parking lots; and design work for parking lot signs, sidewalk modifications, Law Enforcement Center parking lot evaluation and a trash dumpster enclosure.
The additional work is estimated to cost $83,050.

County seeks funds for road trail projects
Washington County will apply for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Minnesota Department of Transportation for future trail projects in the county.
The County Board approved the applications at its meeting Jan. 21.
The applications for funding through the Transportation Alternative Program are for the following trail projects:
• Off-road trail development along Highway 19/ Keats Avenue South (Central Greenway Regional Trail) between Indian Drive and 80th Street in Cottage Grove;
• Construction of an underpass structure along the Gateway State Trail under Highway 9/Jamaca Avenue in Grant.
• Off-road trail development, signal modifications and a pedestrian refuge along Highway 20/Bailey Road and Highway 38 in Newport.
• Off-road trail development along Highway 13 (Hinton Avenue South) between County Road 74/65th Street, and County Road 74 between Highway 13 and the entrance to Cottage Grove Elementary in Cottage Grove.
The program would provide 80 percent federal funding for the infrastructure.
The county is also applying for funds through the Safe Routes to School Program through the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The funds would help pay for the project near Cottage Grove Elementary.

County approves agreement for  4-H programs
The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the University of Minnesota Extension Service Jan. 21 for 4-H programs and staffing.
Each year the county enters into an agreement with the University of Minnesota Extension Service that outlines the relationship between the two parties for funding, staffing and in-kind services. The agreement supports 4-H programs in the county.
For 2014 the agreement includes provisions for two full-time staff people to work as 4-H program coordinators for community youth development and the Youth Teaching Youth school-based programs. The program coordinators are employees of the university, and they work in offices provided by the county.
The cost for these services is $133,060.

Parks and Open Space Commission appointment
Charles Burfeind of Oakdale was appointed to the county’s Parks and Open Space Commission by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Jan. 21.
Burfeind will serve a partial term that will expire Dec. 31.
The purpose of the commission is to bring citizen perspective to the operation of Washington County Parks. The commission reviews current operation policies, capital improvement programs, parkland preservation, park development projects, and long-range planning efforts for parkland and facilities for county parks. The commission recommends plans and policy changes to the Washington County Board.
The commission is also used to provide citizens’ perspectives on the administration of the Land and Water Legacy Program.

Septic system inspections for Scandia
Washington County will do septic system inspections for the city of Scandia, after the County Board approved a renewal of an agreement with the city Jan. 21.
The county provides Subsurface Sewage Treatment System inspection services for all townships in Washington County. The county will also provide inspection services for cities through an agreement, under which the county provides necessary inspection application review and sewage system plan approval as required by law, provides all job site inspections of projects under permit, and conducts special inspections as needed to ensure compliance with ordinances.
The value of the contract is estimated to be $15,500, which will be paid through fees from contractors and homeowners who receive the service.