Commissioner Duane Bakke, now chairman of the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners, listens as highway engineer Ronald Gregg presents a proposal for a new bridge in Beaver Township. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Commissioner Duane Bakke, now chairman of the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners, listens as highway engineer Ronald Gregg presents a proposal for a new bridge in Beaver Township. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
The first June meeting of the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners had Duane Bakke presiding as chair, following Chuck Amunrud's retirement last week.

Highway engineer Ronald Gregg presented bids for a bridge in Beaver Township, one from Minnowa Construction for $137,082.50 and another from Generation X Construction for $182,345.

The difference in the bids, according to Gregg, was likely due to the way that the companies assessed the cost of culverts that will be installed - Minnowa's estimate for culverts stood at $950 per foot, Generation X's, at $2,000 per foot. In preliminary plans, the county projected $900 per foot.

The engineer acknowledged, after the board accepted the lower bid, that fluctuations in project costs are often anticipated and generally do not affect the highway department's budget.

Commissioner Tom Kaase thanked Gregg for his response to a speed sign issue that was reported near Harmony that Gregg "addressed right away...got right on it."

Human Resources

Human Resources officer Kristina Kohn asked for the reappointment of Jeffrey Brand as Fillmore County's surveyor for another four years, as Brand's term will end June 25. Kohn requested that Brand's term be renewed from June 26, 2014, through June 25, 2018, and the commissioners agreed.

Commissioner Randy Dahl stated, "We just did his evaluation, and he got very high marks."

The county hired Jeffrey Woellert as a replacement full-time custodian and determined that the information systems position Kohn had brought forward for consideration during the last meeting was easily filled by an existing employee taking on additional duties throughout the summer.

The board also accepted the resignation of Public Health nurse Tina Peters, a merit pay increase for Judy Affeldt and family and medical leave for an employee.

Other business

The commissioners granted two fireworks permits, one for Eagle Cliff Campground for July 4 and another for the Blakeslee farm for July 5.

Bakke questioned whether the neighbors of those applying for fireworks permits had been informed, or "the permits will do no good unless the neighbors are notified," and the sheriff will be informed so that neighbors have advance notice of the intended celebrations.

The commissioners reviewed their committee appointments - Kaase was assigned to handle library and county relations, Community Services officer Beth Wilms was appointed to the Association of Minnesota Counties and Bakke to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Certification Program.

Next came calendar review, and the board noted that the June 24 regular meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m., with the board of appeal meeting set for 6:30 p.m.