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By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Transportation department reveals five-year plan in Carlton County

Ambitious program will cover over 100 projects in the next five years


“The Carlton County Transportation Department has an ambitious five year construction program,” explained County Engineer Jinyeene Neumann at a public meeting on March 26 billed as a Five-year Capital Improvement Program. “We are now receiving $2.1 million a year from the half-percent county sales tax, and with our regular funding sources, we are able to complete $7.8 million in 2018 covering 25 projects, $8.1 million in 2019 covering 29 projects, $8.6 million in 2020 covering 20 projects, $8.1 million in 2021 covering 18 projects, and $6 million in 2022 covering 21 projects.”

The transportation meeting was held just after the Carlton County Adjourned Board Meeting held on March 26 at the Transportation Building.

Carlton County has 487 miles of County roads. Many of the repairs and upgrades are needed to address problem roadways left because of a lack of funding. Much of the five year plan handles tar roads throughout the county especially in the northeast corner. Some of the tarred county roads need to be totally rebuilt before tarring and are extremely expensive to repair.

“Our program focuses on roads that are heavily traveled,” continued Neumann. “State aid funding helps with roads that have a number below 100 but the half-percent sales tax has made it possible to fund county roads with numbers above 100. Not all county roads can be tarred. Roads with a low traffic volume must remain gravel.”

During the presentation and questions from the audience, the Highway Department acknowledged some tarred roadways are being projected to be returned to gravel. Traffic volume is low and a tarred surface is too costly to maintain. Much thought and public discussion will be made before any action is taken. After this five year plan the county will have funding available to work on some other projects in the system.

In other county news, County Assessor Kyle Holmes released information concerning 70-100 percent disabled veterans. He announced, “Due to 2017 legislative changes, reapplying for the 70-100 percent Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Exclusion is no longer required. Updating applications and disability status will be handled between the County Assessor and the Veteran Service Office. If you have any questions contact the County Assessor’s office at (218) 384-9142.”

County Auditor/Treasurer Paul Gassert got approval to post a Senior Deputy Treasurer position due to a retirement.

A medium and low intensity residential treatment program based in Carlton County was again discussed. A decision on whether to go ahead with the project will be made at the Carlton County Adjourned Board meeting on April 23 at 4 p.m.


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