Commission discusses various road and bridge issues for Walsh County
Beavers causing culvert problems
GRAFTON – The Walsh County Commission, at its regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday, unanimously approved three engineering contracts for road and bridge construction projects to be completed in 2014.
All three contracts were entered into between the Walsh County and Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, Inc., Grafton.
The projects include overlay and incidentals for approximately eight miles of Walsh County Road 15 west of the junction with North Dakota Highway 35.
Another project is replacement of Bridge #50-134-08.2, otherwise known as the “Thompson Bridge” located approximately eight miles west and a mile and a quarter north of Grafton on Walsh County Road 11. The third is for replacement of Bridge #50-111-11.0.
Walsh County Highway Superintendent Sharon Lipsh and commissioners also briefly discussed what bridges to replace in the future to allow large farm trucks and farm equipment access to routes where they can “bypass” the City of Grafton.
Lipsh and the commissioners agreed that it was important to provide such routes to avoid traffic problems caused by slow-moving and oversized farm vehicles.
Lisph and commissioners also discussed a culvert east of Pisek on County Road 15. The culvert is continually plugged by beavers that build a dam across it.
Lipsh said the culvert was recently opened, but the beavers had it plugged back up within three days.
She said the bothersome beavers would have to be eliminated or relocated before the county would do any further work on the culvert. Lipsh said a concerned landowner has been trying to contact the game and fish department about removal of the pesky rodents.
The commissioners also approved several drainage permits including, Tom Torkelson, Grafton, along Co. Road 8, in section 25 of Fertile Township; Lloyd Einarson, Edinburg, along Co. Road 9, in section 15, Lampton Township; Jay Nissen, Larimore, along Co. Road 19 in section 21 Eden Township; Noel and Brian Pilon, Drayton, along Co. Road 9 in section 28, St. Andrews Township; and Robert Pilon, Drayton, along Co. Road 9, section 28, St. Andrews Township.
The commissioners also approved a utility permit for Travis Bell of Fordville to place a utility under Co. Rd 191 in sections 29 and 32 in Medford Township.
In other business the commission
• Reviewed the treasurer’s report for the third quarter of 2013. Walsh County Treasurer Jill Trenda reported that the balance on hand as of July 1,2013 was $9,383,463.62. The balance on hand as of Sept. 30, 2013 was $8,558,344.14. Receipts in the third quarter totaled $1,863,276.02. Disbursements for the third quarter totaled $2,688,395.30. Trenda said that as of Sept. 30, 95.8 percent of 2012 taxes have been collected in the county.
• Accepted the audit report of Walsh County submitted by Cawley and Associates, CPA of Grafton and approved by the state auditor’s office.