The Carlton County Board of Commissioners gave their blessing for two township grant projects that will compete for limited transportation funding from an annual Legislature initiative for Greater Minnesota. County Engineer Neumann requested the Board’s support at the Adjourned Session of the County Board on February 22.
Almost all the Carlton County townships inquired into the possibility of funding needed township road projects, but the Highway Department staff explained the competition throughout the State was strong and success was not good. A proposal must show the particular project was important to the traffic and trade needs of the local area and have an impact to the region served.
The Townships of Moose Lake and Barnum have requested funding for Aspen Road, bordering each township line, a rebuild of 2 ½ miles and an application of pavement. Aspen Road runs North and South connecting CSAH 6 and Old Highway 61. The pavement and road base have been poor for years.
Eagle Township is requesting funding an upgrade of Kingsley Road. Rebuilding the roadbed and paving are called for in the plan. This road provides partial access to the north side of Eagle Lake and would also provide a detour route for Hwy 73 traffic when work is being done.
Health and Human Services Director Dave Lee reported that 21% of Carlton County’s population have received at least one vaccine so far. Commissioner Dick Brenner asked why all probation officers have not been vaccinated. Lee said many of them have. Brenner responded that if probation officers are working two weeks on and two weeks off during face to face interaction with clients, then all probation officers should be vaccinated. Lee said he would look into it.
County residents interested in any updates on the response to the COVID19 locally can call the number 218-499-6312. The County is planning on starting a hot line to improve resident sign up for a vaccination appointment. It is hoped to start that service once more vaccine is available.
A Committee of the Whole Special Working Committee, focusing on the continuing discussion and planning on the building of a new jail, will be meeting every third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Transportation Building. The next meeting is March 15. With the planning and construction of a new jail taking at least the next three years, this standing committee will meet regularly to follow the progress, ask questions, and spread information into the community.