Because of a lack of space this week, the summary of last week’s Kimball city council meeting is necessarily brief.
• Arnold’s plans to install new water service under Hwy. 55, they will work with the city on this.
• The Kimball school board came to discuss parking lot construction on school property. The city’s engineer explained that a drainage and grading plan must be submitted.
• The city’s engineer sought and received approval to make final payments to contractors for work on the water tower and water treatment plant (last summer). The one-year warranty begins after everything is signed off on.
Stearns County is looking for citizens who want to get involved in County government and serve on any of its committees or boards. The boards and committees serve a variety of County departments.
Stearns County is in the process of recruiting for appointments to be filled in January of 2014. There are openings on the following committees:
• Board of Adjustment
• Community Corrections Advisory Board
• Dairy Advisory Committee
• Extension Committee
• Feedlot Review Committee
• Great River Regional Library
Stearns County is moving ahead on the remodeling of its Law Enforcement Center. Commissioners today approved awarding $2.7 million in bids to contractors to do the construction.
Thirty-one individual pieces of the remodeling project went out for bid, on everything from security systems to jail toilets, and
84 companies bid on those projects. It was an open competitive bid process, and overall the bids came in $123-thousand below original estimated cost.
Stearns County needs to remodel the Law Enforcement Center for safety and security reasons. Plans are to expand the booking area to make it safer, to accommodate the 8,000-9,000 bookings done by Stearns County every year. Plans also call for downsizing the work-release inmate area since it’s under-utilized. That area will go from 60 beds to 12. Remodeling will also add more male housing, nine more cells, and 11 more female cells. Stearns County transfers about 10 females a day to other counties for jail housing.
Total estimated construction cost of the remodeling is $5.1 million. Of that total cost, nearly $1.3 million is work that will be done in-house, such as the carpentry, electrical wiring and plumbing.
Construction on the Law Enforcement Center will start in January. It is a project that will take approximately 12-14 months to complete.
The remodeling project is a short-term, 10-year, fix for the County’s jail needs, but will give Stearns County time and an opportunity to focus on a long-term 30-year solution.
Deer donated to food shelves can be processed at no cost to hunters thanks to a program coordinated by the Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Prior to 2007, hunters could donate deer to food shelves but had to pay processing costs.
“The venison donation program has multiple benefits,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “In portions of the state, hunters are encouraged to harvest multiple deer, the program provides hunters an avenue to donate the extra deer they harvest without having to pay processing costs. Demand for food assistance also has been increasing in recent years across Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to provide locally-sourced meat to families in need.”
More details on the venison donation program, as well as a list of participating meat processors, are available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer/donation. Processors who accept deer are paid $70 to process each animal for food shelf distribution.
Kimball Area High School
A Veterans Day program will be presented at Kimball Area High School, in the Wirth gym, from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. A slide show will feature local veterans. The American Legion Auxiliary will demonstrate flag folding, and the MIA table. And a special speaker is being arranged. Contact Tammy Konz at (320) 398-5011.
St. Cloud Hospital
St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special ceremony from 10-11 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 11, in Hoppe Auditorium. Family members, patients and employees are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, reservists and National Guard.