7/11/2014 11:14:00 AM County board visits Cannon Valley Fair
by Paul Martin
Cool, breezy and cloudy weather greeted the Goodhue County Board's annual visit to the Cannon Valley Fair on July 2. The conditions were in marked contrast to the 90+ temperatures of the last three years. Commissioner Richard Samuelson thanked the Fair Board for their hospitality, and warmly praised the hard-working volunteers who make the Cannon Valley and County Fairs possible.
Bond Sale Approved
The Board gave the go-ahead for the sale of just under $8 million in bonds in August. The bonds will finance road projects around the County on the new Hwy. 24, Hwys. 6, 10 and 11, and the Hwy 9 / 52 intersection. Also covered are several projects on County facilities in Red Wing.
The Budget Committee report recommended $1.26 million in grants to fund outside agencies in 2015, showing little change from 2014. Largest grants would go to the Soil and Water Conservation District ($340,000), SELCO (South East Libraries Cooperating - $476,424), SEMMCHRA (Housing Authority - $268,845) and Goodhue County Historical Society ($92,000).
Project Status Report
Work to rebuild Hwy 6 from Hwy. 9 to Hwy. 1 will start in July or August. Expect detours as earthwork and grading proceed. Surfacing will take place in 2015. Hwy. 24 from the new Hwy. 52 interchange to Hwy. 25 should be completed in early August. The new road will serve Mayo's new Cannon Falls Medical Center, which opens later this month.
Other major milling and resurfacing projects starting soon are on Hwys. 10, 11, 12 and 18. Expect traffic control, but no detours. Road closures are in place for projects to replace two bridges: the Wells Creek Bridge on Territorial Road in Florence Township, and the Prairie Creek Bridge on 330th St. in Stanton Township.
"Speak to your Federal Representatives about Highway funding," Commissioner Jim Bryant urged. The Federal Highway Fund, funded by gas tax dollars, will run out about the end of July, and no action has yet been taken to renew it. "This matters to Goodhue County because of the importance to us of Federal Hwys. 52 and 61."
John Huneke was given a Permit to expand his feedlot on Hwy. 16 in the SE corner of Goodhue Township to 980 animal units.